Our commitment to safety sits at the heart of our business.
Our Health and Safety Policy is constructed with the clear objective of eliminating accidents and injuries at work. This is critical to all of our stakeholders, from our people to our customers, which is why we adopt a ‘collective responsibility’ mind-set across our operations. This encompasses risk awareness, protocols and training, and making the safety of the workplace and our customers’ sites our employees’ responsibility.
Our safety standards have been recognised by:
Network Rail – Route to Gold
RoSPA – Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety for the seventh consecutive year
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
At Speedy, we believe in providing fair and equal reward and recognition for our peoples’ contribution, no matter what part of our business they work in, and in promoting equality and diversity, to encourage inclusivity across every aspect of our business. Our recruitment team works to attract applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds, increasing diversity at all levels and in all roles.
During FY2021 we introduced a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) working group. We also introduced a range of EDI questions into our People Matters survey to help us identify how we can move this agenda forward during the coming year.
Under The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 we publish our Gender Pay Gap report. We are pleased to report that as a Group we have no significant gender pay bias. We will continue to ensure that employees are rewarded and recognised fairly for their contribution and that they have equal access to opportunities within all areas of the business.
Our people: Driving forward a progressive, inclusive culture
Our people are committed and highly trained colleagues who want to be part of a progressive, inclusive and sustainable organisation. We aim to provide a good work life balance and support the communities we work in. Our gender diversity commitment includes a target of 30% female by 2030.
As a people focused business, colleague engagement is central to our success. We conducted our colleague engagement survey ‘People Matters’ during March and April this year and were pleased to achieve a response rate of 74%. Our UK engagement score was 77% which is 5% higher than the external benchmark, significantly above the industry average in the UK of 61%, and a 1% improvement on our 2018 survey results.
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Mental health and wellbeingOur people feel passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of their colleagues. We have over 50 volunteer Mental Health First Aiders throughout the business, trained to identify potential mental health issues in the workplace, and proactively promote strategies for positive mental health and wellbeing amongst our colleagues. Further support is available to colleagues through our Employee Assistance Programme. We have set up a Wellbeing Committee which is Chaired by our HR Director and consists of colleagues from across the business to consider all aspects of employee welfare. During FY2021 the committee has developed a number of campaigns and initiatives promoting a healthy approach to mind and body.
Our new ‘Career Line of Sight’ scheme is supporting the learning and development of our people at all levels of seniority.
Career Line of Sight is our promise to colleagues that we will:
• Provide a framework to demonstrate what good looks like.
• Invest in people development through supporting colleagues in progressing their career at Speedy.
• Ensure colleagues who are happy in their current roles are able to continually develop their skills to attain maximum performance within their areas of responsibility. By supporting and developing our people, we will further strengthen our strategy to Simplify, Standardise and Grow the business. The programme is already in place across our commercial teams, and is now being rolled out across operations.
Graduate and apprenticeship schemesIn January 2021 we joined the 5% Club, a group of employers working to create a shared prosperity across the UK, committing to raising the number of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students on formal programmes to 5% of the total workforce by 2026. This commitment will help ensure that the business has a sustainable future, creating opportunities for young people with new skills that will become the leaders of tomorrow.
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Charity and community
With over 3,300 colleagues spread across 200 UK locations, we touch the lives of thousands of families and hundreds of local communities. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly, and we recognise our position as an opportunity to be a real force for good.
We are committed to supporting national causes alongside those important to the communities we work in.
Our Charity Committee was set up in 2015; during FY2021 we altered the scope and launched the Communities Committee, bringing together newly nominated ‘Community Ambassadors’ from across the business to shape our charity and community agenda moving forward. Speedy uses the HACT model, which provides a basic assessment of social impact and evidence of value for money to calculate the Social Value Impact (SVI) in the communities we work, employ and train. Our SVI for FY2021* is £3,028,634.24.
Over the last year our people helped to raise more than £21,000 for more than 37 charities, while contributing time and manpower to a wide range of worthy community causes.
In December 2020 we supported the Cash for Kids Christmas appeal through raising c.£8,000 in employee and company donations for children across the UK. During March 2021 we provided a further £12,000 of donations for colleagues to nominate local charities and community projects that were affected by the pandemic. Colleagues nominated their chosen charities or organisation, outlining how the donation would benefit the organisation. Submissions were reviewed by the Communities Committee and a total of 39 charities and community groups from across the UK shared in the donation sum.
We are proud to support three nominated charity partners; WellChild, The Lighthouse Club and British Heart Foundation. We support WellChild through its Helping Hands programme, which renovates homes and gardens for sick children, helping to make them fun and safe areas for the whole family to enjoy. To help tackle issues in the construction industry we support The Lighthouse Club, the only charity dedicated to providing financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families. We also give our support to the British Heart Foundation, who raise money to research cures and treatments for heart and circulatory diseases.
We have been active in the rehabilitation of prisoners since 2006. We currently run a training workshop at HMP Garth in Lancashire for up to 25 inmates with two full time engineers.