CSR has always been of great importance to Reliance High-Tech and has been a key driver of our strategy and business model since well before it became a marketing buzzword. Today we continue to focus on environmental issues, work to give back into the community, and support several charities, as well as empowering and supporting our staff in their own charitable endeavours.
The UK’s longest-standing national tri-service military charity, SSAFA works to ensure that the needs of armed forces veterans and their families are met, relieving need, suffering and distress, and supporting their independence and dignity.
When selecting our charity of the year, we wanted to identify an organisation that all Reliance staff could get involved with, across the nation. The charity’s national presence and Reliance’s long-standing close association with the armed forces made SSAFA the natural choice.
WORKING WITH SSAFA
Reliance has allocated a day of paid leave to all employees, across the business, to support SSAFA. Several individuals have taken on responsibility for working with SSAFA to co-ordinate activities, so that we can provide help that meshes well with the projects and activities being undertaken by the charity’s various branches around the UK.
Among the activities to be undertaken will be various fund-raising programmes. In particular, we will be taking part in SSAFA’s Big Brew Up event during Armed Forces Week in June.
We’ll be cooking up other ideas across 2019, too. And at the end of the year, Reliance will match the total sum raised by our employees across the various activities they’ve run during the year. Keep an eye on our blog for news of the fund-raising activities.
Administered by the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Security Benevolent Fund (SBF) exists to assist members of the security profession who are distressed and in need of welfare support.
Aiming to assist those who have fallen on hard times, SBF funds medical care and support to help them back into normal work.
Reliance recently worked with the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals at an event to raise funds and awareness for the SBF.
Reliance has run an apprenticeship programme for several years, taking individuals new to engineering through to full competence. Running over a two-year period, our programme combines on-the-job learning with formal training at specialist colleges. During 2019 we have three apprentice Security Engineers working at various Reliance sites across the country.
Our commitment to the apprenticeship model rests in part on the excellent experience we have had with our apprentices – they have contributed significantly to our success over the years. The programme also helps us, in a market short of skilled individuals, to nurture and develop the talents and skills we need. Additionally, we have a desire to support and prosper the community – our apprenticeship programme is one of the ways in which we do that.
Reliance takes environmental issues seriously, as evidenced by our environmental management system, fully audited under the ISO14001 NSI EMS Gold Scheme.
We have reduced our carbon footprint by over 5% in the last year, our water consumption by more than 6% and our electricity consumption by 3% over the same period. Our paper usage is down by 20% over the last five years.
We measure our environmental impact monthly across our fleet of vehicles and all our sites and have recently scored 100% in every category in our Achilles Health and Safety, environmental, quality and CSR audit.