At MHR, we recognise the responsibility we have as a business to support the economic, social, and environmental efforts that are required to make a positive contribution both to our local community and on the global stage now and in the years to come. Our CSR initiative targets focus on the environment, our community, and our people.
The environment we live and work in is incredibly important, which is why we are committed to being eco-friendly, energy efficient and environmentally conscious at all opportunities. We continue to significantly increase our environmental efforts to protect the world we live in.
Throughout 2019, our buildings and maintenance teams worked hard to improve our environmental footprint. In November, we switched to 100% renewable energy, meaning our electricity supply is carbon neutral.
Businesses across Rushcliffe (where our core offices are based) have joined the Borough Council’s Big Business Carbon Club to share ways of making a positive impact on their carbon reduction journeys. We wish to support the local environment we work and live in by reducing emissions, as well as learning new skills and strategies by being a part of the wider community. The discussion group supports local businesses to reach the county’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2030. The cooperation of larger businesses with a high number of employees is crucial in meeting this target. MHR are enthusiastic about supporting this target and look forward to further reducing our carbon footprint through this collaboration and our own corporate initiatives.
Buildings and grounds
Our building teams spend a lot of time and resource ensuring that our head office, Ruddington Hall, is maintained as a piece of English heritage by carrying out considerable restoration work to restore it to its finest state.
We ensure that we use the latest environmentally friendly solutions in our buildings. For example, we have triple glazing to ensure heat can be kept in the large office spaces, LED lighting with occupancy sensors to save energy, and Eco Flush toilets to save water.
The gardening teams also work hard to provide a high level of care to our grounds, making constant improvements, from planting new trees and bushes to resurrecting the original garden paths.
Britannia House Development
As part of our Britannia House development plan, a new car park was opened in early 2021. Consisting of four floors, it provides employees and visitors with a spacious, open plan, undercover car park. The car park has 400 solar panels and 8 EV charging points for electric vehicles, to encourage a reduction in our carbon footprint. It is designed to look like an office building, so it is in keeping with its surroundings.
The developments are continuing with future phases including new office buildings and underground parking.
Reduce and reuse
In 2019, we replaced plastic coffee cups, cutlery and takeaway containers in our canteens with Vegware alternatives. Vegware is made from plants and uses renewable, low carbon, recycled, or reclaimed materials. It’s designed to be compostable with food waste. The introduction of Vegware has led to a decrease in takeaway cup usage as more people are opting to use mugs or reusable cups when possible.
In 2019, we introduced reusable water bottles for every employee. Combined with the introduction of new ‘bottle sized’ water dispenser in our offices, since then our plastic use has reduced drastically. In 2020, we also distributed eco-friendly coffee cups to all our employees to further reduce waste and the unnecessary use of plastic.
With the help of Enva, all the bins in our MHR Nottingham sites are taken to a recycling and recovery site and any materials suitable for recycling are separated off.
Any remaining waste is taken to an active recycling facility and sent to waste incinerators to provide electricity for district heating schemes.
Our cardboard waste is separated and recycled back into packaging. In 2020, we recycled 18 tonnes of waste, which made up nearly 80% of total waste.
Although we are now a global company, we still strive to have a positive influence on the communities we work in. MHR is dedicated to being conscious of the communities we work among and try to support the local economy by using local tradespeople and suppliers.
Tech Nottingham and Women in Tech
MHR has sponsored both Tech Nottingham and Women in Tech since the start of 2018. Tech Nottingham is an organisation with the mission to make Nottingham a better place to live and work in the technology industry. Women in Tech aims to encourage more women and gender minorities into technology and act as a gateway to other meetups and events. They also work with local organisations to advocate for Nottingham as a place to do business in tech. MHR is proud to support Tech Nottingham and Women in Tech in their work to improve the prevalence and opportunities of technology within the community. Our Research Director, Hannah Jeacock, recently provided an insightful talk at a Women in Tech event on the topic of ‘Well-being at Work’. Check out the next event here.
Tour de Payroll
Eight cyclists from MHR completed a 280-mile bike ride from Ruddington to Mount Snowdon followed by a 3,500ft ascent to the summit of England and Wales’ highest mountain in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.
Gem's Mission Christmas
We donated 210 gifts for disadvantaged children across the East Midlands to ensure that they had gifts to open on Christmas morning.
In 3 months, 60 volunteers from MHR renovated the garden at the Nottingham Children’s Development Centre.
Our people and offices
Our people are at the heart of everything we do, so it’s important to MHR that we support and appreciate their hard work and have offices which are great to work in. We continue to make improvements, such as collaborative workspaces, designed to benefit productivity and communication.
Our food providers for our Nottingham offices, Olive Catering, use quality fresh, locally sourced, and environmentally sustainable ingredients for all their meals. This includes Fairtrade ethically sourced coffee and fresh produce that is sourced in the UK from British Farmers. Olive Catering are dedicated to ensuring that they can provide foods suitable for a variety of dietary requirements every day.
MHR subsides all the food available in the onsite restaurants to ensure that employees get affordable meals every day, with a focus on healthy living.
Mental health support
We recognise the importance of supporting the wellbeing of our people. We offer an Employee Assistance Program with resources and contact information for support on a variety of issues.
We also have a number of qualified Mental Health First Aiders within the company who are available daily to provide support to anyone who needs it.
Using our internal platform, People First, we have created a community specifically to support the mental wellbeing of our people, where our mental health first aiders promote a range of interventions and content to ensure all employees have readily available support when they need it.
Additionally, we understand the benefits green space can have on wellbeing, so our gardening teams work hard to maintain and improve our gardens and paths.
81% of women represent the technology workforce in the UK*
*Did this title catch your eye due to your perception of this statistic being unrealistic? Would it have had the same impact if ‘women’ was substituted for ‘men’? Unfortunately, this title was only a ploy to highlight one of the many changes that needs to occur in the technology industry.
Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day
National Women in Engineering Day was launched in 2014 by the Women in Engineering Society (WES) and became international in 2017.
Now, every year on 23rd June, the world celebrates International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) to recognise the contributions and achievements of women in engineering globally.
International Women's Day 2020
MHR’s Executive Vice Chairman, Jessica Mills, leads our efforts to support the women in our business throughout the year and especially on International Women’s Day.
Every year, on 8th March, the world celebrated International Women's Day to recognise women's achievements and support the global advancements towards ending discrimination and inequality against women.