Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of UK Power Reserve (UKPR), aligned to the company’s Vision, Mission and Values. Our CSR strategy is built on the three pillars of People, Communities and Sustainable Development.
Our CSR strategy is aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. The SDGs offer a global framework for private companies, governments and public-sector entities that provide transparency and accountability. They have been adopted by the UK Government and key stakeholders, collaboratively working towards sustainable development. The eight priority SDGs most relevant to our business are depicted below.
Both our CR pillars and commitment to the SDGs are aligned to Sembcorp’s sustainability strategy, which incorporates an integrated approach addressing environmental, social and governance challenges and opportunities.
Summary of 2018 activities
2018 was the first year that UKPR supported both employee match funding activities, and also a one-year strategic partnership with St Basils, by sponsoring the electricity bill for their Solihull hub. Cancer Research UK was one of the main charities that received match funding, and additionally, six employees took part in a boat race on the Thames for the Ahoy Centre, with UKPR covering the entrance fee.
As we continue to support communities where we operate – an important pillar of our CSR strategy – one-off donations were made to the Llwynypia and Mid Rhondda Boys and Girls Club, Knowle Football Club (FC) and West Bromwich FC.
At the end of the year, we sponsored a table at the annual Christmas lunch organised by Connect Dacorum and the Dacorum Community Trust, along with organising a bake-off fundraiser for St Basils, raising more than £200 and donating a box of essential items for their starter kits.
Partnership with St Basils
From April 2018 – April 2019 we partnered with St Basils, a charity focused on youth homelessness in the West Midlands. We supported the organisation with fundraising activities and paid the electricity bill for their Solihull hub for 12 months – covering 21% of the total running costs – find out more about our year of partnership here.