We’re aware that we cannot deliver these ambitious set of goals on our own, we need to work together with other organisations to make these changes and deliver the results we need to see. By working in partnerships we will be in a strong position to achieve our sustainability ambitions - together we’re stronger.
Business in the Community
Business in the Community works to secure a fairer society and more sustainable future by developing a contract between business and society. Their focus is on stimulating local economies to create jobs, reducing the impact of unemployment, addressing the skills shortage and inequality in recruitment, as well as cutting dependency on natural resources.
Corporate Responsibility Group
The Corporate Responsibility Group was set up by employees of major companies to provide a network which would support its members in the field of corporate community investment, and develop programmes to benefit society. Its members are committed to adopting a social, ethical and environmentally responsible approach to business.
Volunteering Matters, formerly known as CSV, is a national charity leading UK volunteering in policy and practice. They believe that everyone can play a role in their community and should have the chance to participate; they build volunteering projects and programmes to reflect this. They focus on the needs of four distinct communities; older and retired people, disabled people, vulnerable families and young people.
Teach First is a national initiative in England and Wales to attract top graduates into teaching and place them in schools serving low income communities. The aim is to break down the socio-economic barriers which limit the educational achievements of so many children. We’re involved through our volunteering programme, with 40 of our managers working in an annual coaching initiative which provides encouragement and support to the new teachers. For their part it’s an opportunity for our employees to sharpen their mentoring skills and develop deeper insights into the communities we serve.
National Grid has been the lead UK sponsor for the VEX Robotics Competition in the since 2013 and has been a key partner in growing the reach of the programme to schools across the country. From supporting at events, providing funding for schools affected by its operations to staff volunteering and working with local schools, they have given an insight into the world of engineering. Independent research has shown that involvement with the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) positively impacts students' interest in STEM.
City Year UK
City Year’s visions is of a society where all children are inspired to believe in themselves and supported to excel by a generation of young people whose commitment to a year of voluntary service is universally respected.
City Year UK are driving forward the fundamental benefit a year of service brings to not only to our future generation, but also to our communities and businesses. National Grid are proud to be a partner of City Year US since 2002 and also a founding partner of City Year UK.
Step Up To Serve
#iwill is a UK-wide campaign helping more young people make a difference in their communities through social action, including activities like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering. Youth social action has a double benefit – it helps build communities and develops character strengths and life skills in young people. Many business, education, voluntary and public sector organisations have pledged to spread the word about the benefits of youth social action and create more opportunities for young people to get involved.
Environmental Education Centres
National Grid supports four Environmental Education Centres (EECs) located on land adjacent to our substations at Bishops Wood, Iver, Skelton Grange and West Boldon. They are centres of excellence for environmental and sustainability education and have been developed in partnership with local authorities and environmental charities, demonstrating how industry and the environment can co-exist to the benefit of all.
The EECs provide an environmental educational resource for approximately 23,500 visitors each year, encompassing school children through to adult learners. Many more are engaged via outreach programmes.
The EECs actively work with those currently not in education or employment, helping them to gain skills and qualifications. In addition, the EECs help to meet National Grid's commitment to operating as a socially and environmentally responsible business, through mitigating the impact of substations on rural environments. They also help by improving the environmental status and biodiversity of the land on which we operate and demonstrating community investment by providing work for staff and volunteers. The EECs support those with mental and physical disabilities, building their self-esteem and confidence through programmes such as horticultural therapy.