1. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
2. ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS
3. LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
4. CONSUMER ISSUES
5. ORGANISATIONAL GOVERNANCE
6. FAIR OPERATING PRACTICES
Community Involvement & Development
Sovini Property Services believe that the essential characteristics for successfully embedding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into our business is a willingness to be accountable for the impact our actions have on the environment and society as a whole.
We believe that behaving ethically is fundamental to establishing and sustaining legitimate and productive relationships with our partners and we understand the importance of CSR to the development and growth of our business.
We have adopted the principles of ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility which provides us with a framework to document that we operate in a socially responsible way. This means acting in an ethical and transparent way that contributes to the health and welfare of society. The standard serves to clarify what social responsibility is, helps us to translate principles into effective actions and share best practice.
We recognise that we play a pivotal role in contributing towards growth and sustainability and we aim to conduct business in an ethical manner and seek to improve the communities in which we work. This can involve the creation of employment and training opportunities, working with local enterprises and community groups, or making the area more aesthetically pleasing.
Some of the community involvement projects we supported include:
- Sovini Property Services support Radio City’s Cash for Kids campaign - Sovini Property Services were proud to support the Radio City Mission Christmas Cash for Kids campaign 2018. The campaign supports local children at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas morning. Our very own Santa – Multi Skilled Operative, Phil McCarthy – took to the streets in his Sovini sleigh to deliver donation boxes across the Group where employees and customer could donate new and unwrapped gifts for children. The Sovini Group raised a staggering £4000 for Cash for Kids and received over 250 gift donations.
- Giving apprentice the right tools for the job - We are passionate about investing in our staff and giving apprentices a platform to develop in their chosen career. We launched an initiative whereby we provide year one and new apprentices with a fully equipped toolkit worth around £300, allowing them the opportunity to start working to learn the trade on day one. Lucas Redmond-Quick joined Sovini Property Services in October as an Apprentice Plumber and received his toolkit from his manager Philip Hughes.
Lucas said: “I was really pleased to receive my toolkit after joining Sovini Property Services as an apprentice. This has given me a great start in my career as a plumber and I’m very grateful to the company for investing in my future.”
- Sovini Property Services give Max ‘the best birthday ever - Local lad Max Riley turned six in November and asked his mum Jenny for a Sovini van for his birthday. Max, who goes to school in Litherland, regularly spots Sovini vans around his home and has always dreamed of having his very own toy version. Jenny contacted our call centre asking whether we could send her a toy van for Max’s special day. But we decided to go one better! We arranged for Mark Seanor, Multi Skilled Operative (and proud owner of Sovini’s cleanest van!) to visit Max at his Nan’s house after school on his birthday and hand deliver a toy van and Max’s own personalised SPS branded hi-vis! Max told Mark and his manager Philip Hughes that it was the best birthday present he had ever had and all his friends would be jealous when he told them!
Max’s Mum Jenny said: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am overwhelmed by the lengths Sovini Property Services went to for Max. He is one happy little boy!”
- Sovini Property Services help local Merseyside family with autism-friendly garden - Cash for Kids and Sovini Property Services have been working together in collaboration with Cobalt Housing Association to create an autism-friendly garden for a local Merseyside family. Cash for Kids has facilitated the project, whilst Sovini Property Services have delivered the works. Cash for Kids mission is to respond to the needs of children in their communities, they aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential. They support children ages 0-18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect. In 2017 they raised over £23 million and supported more than 709,000. The family were in need of some outdoor space for their two children, George and Jack Knowles who suffer from autism. After approaching The Steve Morgan Foundation for sensory toys the family realised their garden wasn’t autism-friendly or suitable for the sensory toys and the costs involved doing the works were completely unaffordable at around £6,000. Sovini Property Services supported by Cash for Kids created a garden which allowed the children to explore their senses in a safe and stimulating environment including sourcing and fitting brand new flagging, new posts and special fencing which faced outward to give more security and a brand new secure gate and artificial grass.
Carole Clare, Cash for Kids Charity Manager said: “We are so grateful for the support we have received from everyone at Sovini Property Services, they are a real pleasure to work with. The transformation is amazing not only from a visual point of view but from how it will transform the quality of life for the boys. It is fabulous when we can work together with local businesses to improve the lives of others.”
- Sovini Property Services take off for Alder Hey fundraiser - Staff from across The Sovini Group, including operatives from Sovini Property Services, pulled a Boeing 737 aircraft weighing almost 40 tonnes, to help raise vital funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. They toughed it out at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and helped raise over £2,500 for the cause. The money raised in the plane pull will be added to more than £80,000 already raised by LJLA for the charity during the last 12 months.
Carol Dutton, Director for HR & Community at LJLA, said: “This has been an amazing effort by everyone involved. A big thank you to all the companies who gave up time to take part in this unique challenge and particularly to Blue Air for providing one of it’s aircraft.”