Unipart Invests Over £300k in Community Activities

Unipart Group has invested over £270k in community activities during 2012. This included company cash donations, gifts in kind and, most importantly, employee volunteering time.   In addition to this, employees raised over £70k for charities – through activities such as dress down days, cake bakes, sponsored sporting endeavors, among other things.


It’s worth noting  that many of these charities have reciprocated by attending our sites to raise awareness of various health and well-being matters.

The Group’s corporate responsibility achievements have been recognised for a fourth year in a row by achieving platinum status in  Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index – the UK’s leading benchmark of responsible business.

This achievement rates Unipart amongst the top companies in the world for best environmental, community, workplace and business practices.

The BITC CR Index sets out a framework to help companies integrate and improve corporate responsibility throughout their business by providing a systematic approach to managing, measuring and reporting on business impact in society and the environment.

Companies that achieve a platinum rating in the index have demonstrated their deep commitment to corporate responsibility through improving their performance continually over a number of years.

Across the globe, Unipart people are engaged in a wide range of projects with customers, suppliers and their local communities to apply The Unipart Way – the company’s philosophy and business system for delivering continuous improvement – to unlocking the potential those relationships.

For instance, in one of Unipart’s newest sites in India, managers wanted to achieve the same high levels of employee engagement as were enjoyed in more mature Unipart sites. They embarked on an ambitious programme of activities involving employees, their families and their communities. The result was some of the highest employee engagement scores recorded in the Group.

At Unipart’s Burton site, which provides logistics services to Waterstones, employees volunteered to take part in a ‘Sleepout’ with the local community to raise money for Burton YMCA. Not only did Unipart field the largest team to participate, but they also turned up with huge cardboard images of ‘creature comforts’ such as roaring fire and flat screen TV. The result was a contribution of over £3,000 to an event that overall raised three times as much as in previous years.

Unipart Technology Logistics worked with Warwick Education Business Partnership to inspire young entrepreneurs as part of the ‘Unipart Challenge’.  Students from Nuneaton and Rugby schools were given £50 and a UTL mentor to set up their own business. The programme also raised nearly £5,000 for local hospices