At AutoRek, we want to do our part to help sustain the planet. Not only do we want to continue to grow as a company but we feel it is important to help ensure there is a planet for us to grow in. We want to create a work environment in which our employees feel healthy, happy and valued. There are many more projects we are looking to get involved with to help reduce waste, help our communities and create a fantastic work environment for our employees however we believe we are on the right track with some of these initiatives below.
In early 2016, BrewDog launched BrewGooder which was a campaign to provide one million people with access to clean water. Each 24 pack of beer sold provides 1 person with clean drinking water for 5 years!
AutoRek have joined the fight and have become ‘Super Hero’s’… so to speak, to help this great cause of #DrinkBeerGiveWater. Given that AutoRek already have beer o’clock on a Friday afternoon, they thought what better way to enjoy the beers than to be helping others at the same time! It is such an uncomplicated way to give to those who need it and BrewDog have done such a fantastic job setting up this initiative. The beer tastes great too!
Since the campaign started, BrewGooder have helped to fund 60 projects for over 33,000 people in Malawi. Their mission is to never stop until they hit their target of 1,000,000 people impacted by great beer. You can join their mission also and become a Brewgooder.
Cycle to Work Scheme
AutoRek have a ‘cycle to work’ scheme which helps employees to save money, be healthier, more productive at work and to reduce our environmental impact. The scheme is optional for those that want to be involved.
Employees choose a bike, hire it for an agreed length of time, then snap it up for a fraction of its original value. There is no VAT, Income Tax or Employees National Insurance paid on the total cost, which is roughly a saving of £218 a year.
As well as financial benefits employees receive health benefits. An average of 4,485 calories are burned each week (this figure is based on the average employee cycling an additional 5 miles to work and back each week, rather than going by car). The scheme helps to reduce stress and improve health and wellbeing.
Furniture to Charity
AutoRek recently relocated the head office in Glasgow and the majority of the office furniture that was not being taken to the new premises. Instead of selling the old furniture for profit, the items were auctioned off within the company and to offices nearby. All the proceeds were donated to the Beatson Cancer Charity.
AutoRek also donated items like kettles, toasters and crockery along with the furniture that wasn’t auctioned off to Starter Packs. Starter Packs Glasgow, is a charity based in Govan working to alleviate poverty across the city. By providing packs of essential household goods to those moving into a new tenancy, often after homelessness, they make houses homelier and help people to sustain their tenancy.
Start Packs achieve this through the help and support of the local community, much-needed donations and many staff and volunteers.
Our much-loved office football table was also donated to LINKES Community Rooms in Knightswood for the youth clubs to make the use out of it.
Some of the AutoRek employees are involved with a mentoring programme for young people called MCR Pathways. MCR Pathways is a school-based mentoring programme. They support those in or on the edges of the care system to realise their full potential through education.
MCR Pathways recruit, train and match volunteer mentors with a young person. The charity was founded by Iain MacRitchie, a social entrepreneur, who identified a need to support disadvantaged young people in Glasgow.
MCR Pathways and their mentors help these pupils re-engage and then transition from school to Higher Education, Further Education, or employment. The programme includes three main elements:
Each young person is matched with their own mentor from S3 onwards. Pupils meet with their mentor once a week for 50 minutes and receive guidance and support. Mentors build a relationship, helping their young person to develop confidence and self-esteem.
S1 and S2 pupils work with their Pathways Coordinator and participate in weekly group work sessions. These are focused on building confidence and life skills and improving Literacy and Numeracy levels. This allows the Coordinator to build trust and develop a relationship with each young person, preparing them for mentoring.
Talent Tasters are a chance for young people to try out work, further and higher education and cultural experiences through manageable, bite-sized sessions. They are designed to engage and inspire S3-S6 pupils with hands-on learning opportunities. They provide more options for young people to find their talents and focus on the pathways to achieve their ambition.
AutoRek is involved with Career Ready, a mentoring programme for young people in secondary schools. Since 2002, Career Ready have connected employers with schools and colleges to provide young people aged 14-18 with mentors, internships, masterclasses and employer-led activities that prepare them for the world of work.
Last year, a network of 4,000+ volunteers from 700 employers helped to transform the lives of 29,000 young people in 300+ schools and colleges.
The mentoring programme is a series of monthly meetings, each one building on the last, between a Career Ready student and a volunteer from the world of work.
Taking place in the mentor’s workplace or the student’s school or college, each meeting focuses on a different aspect of the student’s career and education journey.
Over the course of the programme, students, with their mentors, reflect on their progress mapped against our Skills for Career Success learning outcomes. Including:
• Communications & Networking
• Organisational Skills
• Managing Myself
• Problem Solving & Analysis
Beatson Cancer Charity and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust are two main charities AutoRek continually support. AutoRek host several different events and activities throughout the year to raise funds. These include sponsoring charity balls, space hopper races, office bake offs, a Coast to Coast walk (between Edinburgh and Glasgow) and a Ben Nevis Trek.
Both of these charities are close to the hearts of the AutoRek staff and we are delighted to be able to help in every way we can each year.
Beatson Cancer Charity supports people affected by cancer, every step of the way. They make the journey easier by transforming the way cancer care is funded and delivered. They provide services, as well as funding specialists, research and education to invest in a better future for cancer patients and their families.
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to fighting for a life unlimited by cystic fibrosis for everyone affected by the condition. Their mission is to create a world where being born with CF no longer means a lifelong burden of care and an early death, when everyone living with the condition will be able to look forward to a long, healthy life.
This year we have also donated our Christmas card fund to Shelter Scotland. Shelter Scotland work towards securing a home for everyone and helping those who are out on the streets while also lobbying the government to secure benefits for people with social housing. They strive every day to give people the help they need and campaign relentlessly to achieve their vision of a safe, secure, affordable home for everyone.
At AutoRek, we take every measure to ensure we are doing all we can to recycle as much as possible and to reduce waste.
We have recycling bins for cardboard, plastic, glass bottles and aluminium cans in all offices. AutoRek provide water fountains for cold and sparkling water to allow employees to refill water bottles and encourage as little plastic use as possible.
AutoRek use Mossgiel “Organic farming for a sustainable future” milk from a local company who provide the milk in glass bottles. Mossgiel then take the bottles back to refill and return therefore reducing the waste of plastic milk cartons.
AutoRek’s grounded coffee beans, which are received from Dear Green Coffee, are uplifted weekly and put through a process that extracts all the good nutrients and then they are delivered back to AutoRek to who then donate them to the local community gardens.
WildHearts Office Supplies
WildHearts Office is the UK’s leading B2B social business. They enable their customers to make a positive social impact, simply by purchasing their business supplies. Crucially, all of their customers have one thing in common – the profits from their spend, fund the work of the WildHearts Foundation (Registered Charity SC037072) to change lives locally and globally.
WildHearts social initiatives are diverse. In the UK, they provide Micro-Tyco, a multi-award winning entrepreneurial education programme to schools for free. To date, over 40,000 young people have been supported through this initiative, enhancing their employ-ability and enterprise skills as a result. They also fund Microfinance across 40 countries, financially empowering some of the world’s poorest women by giving them access to finance and enterprise training. Furthermore, WildHearts funds ‘Love to Learn’ education packs for schools in Malawi, providing students with access to essential tools for learning. They also provide girls with basic menstrual health products and education across South Africa, Malawi and India, ensuring that once girls are in school, they stay there. To find out more about our social programmes check out their impact page.
As a result, by switching to WildHearts Office, we are turning an everyday expenditure into an investment for the future – sustainably transforming lives in the UK and across the world whilst also having a positive impact on their business.