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Community investment is more than just charitable giving. It’s about supporting those communities most in need, with time, skills, money and expertise, and linking it to your business strategy.
By putting people and community at the heart of everything it does, Ecclesiastical has succeeded in being reaccredited with the CommunityMark.
Linklaters’ global community investment programme seeks to ensure that all members of staff are acting as trusted advisers, valued colleagues, engaged professionals, and good neighbours. The firm has demonstrated a sound global strategy which provides a framework for its global community investment activities, while also being flexible enough to work with local communities to address local issues.
London Stansted Airport has a strong and comprehensive model for engaging with local and regional stakeholders in order to understand and address community needs.
Since achieving CommunityMark recognition in 2013, Wates Group has launched its long-term framework for sustainability, Reshaping Tomorrow. One of the pillars of this strategy, Tomorrow’s Communities, focuses on working in partnership to unlock potential and leave a lasting legacy in the communities in which Wates works.
HEINEKEN has been doing more to engage colleagues in sustainability and partnerships. This Report is published in the words of HEINEKEN colleagues who are bringing the company’s commitments to life.
This summer, the ClickSilver programme celebrates its third year after support from Business in the Community (BITC) member, Capital One helped the programme grow to help both young and old people in the city.
TD Direct’s community investment focus is to ‘help people help themselves to prosper’, especially in the Leeds and Greater Manchester areas through local grants and mentoring in schools.  Its support of Castleton primary school showed an average improvement of 7.5 months in a child’s reading age. 50% of TD Direct’s employees are involved in volunteering activities.
British Gas is working with local communities to find ways for people to take control of their energy bills and be more energy efficient. They also help to build the skills Britain needs for a bright future through apprenticeships, employability training and Generation Green, British Gas’ flagship schools programme, which encourages young people to learn about energy.
JTI attained the CommunityMark in recognition of its strategic approach to identifying social need. This approach is complemented, and brought to life, by exceptional employee involvement which includes employee committees which engage with local partners, skills based volunteering and additional fundraising.