TRIG’s Covid-19 Recovery Fund: TRIG’s Board has allocated an additional half a million pounds to local communities to address Covid-19 challenges. The fund will be apportioned to sites and is linked to TRIG’s Sustainability goals so that the chosen donation will directly impact the local community in a positive way and support active citizenship and community spirit. The fund identifies suitable beneficiaries in each of the areas where TRIG projects are located, such as charitable organisations and community groups.
InfraRed: In response to Covid-19 InfraRed’s immediate priority was the health and wellbeing of its staff and to ensure business continuity plans were enacted such that its critical infrastructure assets would continue to operate and provide essential services to its stakeholders.
As staff adjusted to remote working practices, staff wanted to support those who had been negatively impacted by Covid-19 whilst also maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of the wider team. InfraRed staff created a six-week fitness challenge to reach 16,983km, the distance between InfraRed’s London and Sydney offices. InfraRed’s team, which includes more than 190 people from London, New York, Hong Kong, Mexico, Seoul and Sydney offices, ran and walked as far as they can so that every kilometre travelled was converted into donations to worthy charities.
InfraRed elected to support charities that alleviate the short-term impact of Covid-19, which align with InfraRed’s values and its prioritised SDGs and a desire to help both national charities and those that are providing support in the cities where InfraRed has offices. Collectively, InfraRed’s staff raised in excess of £160,000.
RES: RES is committed to engaging and supporting both its communities and employees in these challenging times. RES has developed bespoke Covid-19 management plans to ensure safety of contractors, staff, and the local community, at construction sites such as Solwaybank and Blary Hill. These plans include measures such as temperatures checks entering site, continuous cleaning of shared spaces and rotating lunch breaks to minimise interactions. Additionally, contractors have distanced themselves from the local community by staying in self-catering properties and restricting the use of local shops and services.
The RES community relations team has worked proactively to maintain relationships with local communities and businesses. This includes hosting a virtual ‘Meet the Buyer’ event where local contractors can meet RES staff and main civil contractors. Relationships are built with local firms, giving RES the opportunity to use valuable skills and giving local businesses the opportunity to win work.