At AEC we are working with customers and suppliers, environmental and industry bodies, and building awareness around the business and taking steps to improve our performance wherever we can.
Our corporate responsibility is covered broadly in the categories below and within our other company policies.
Our sustainability policy is based on the following principles:
AEC has successfully achieved the standard for ISO 14001 accreditation, proving our commitment to reduce our environmental impact and meeting legal obligations.
The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System uses a four stage certification process and identifies and controls all aspects of an organisation which may have an impact on the environment; this includes the use of natural resources, energy consumption and the management of waste.
With government, regulators and customers applying greater pressure on organisations to reduce their environmental footprint, ISO 14001 addresses those fundamental areas, and helps us improve our efficiency and reduces the impact and costs to the environment.
Modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abhorrent abuse of the human rights of vulnerable workers. It can take various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.
AEC has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all of its business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere within either its own business or in any of its supply chains, consistent with its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
AEC is proud to give back to the community through the activities of our very own fundraising team.
We are a people business and have many generous staff that happily give their time and money to support deserving charities. To date we've raised over £18,000 for charitable causes.
AEC's chosen charity for 2018 is Blossom's Legacy
Blossom's Legacy, a registered charity that has been set up in the memory of a beautiful little girl Blossom Iris Kelly.
The charity has been formed to raise funds to educate, encourage and embody children with the skills and tools to allow them to be able to learn to swim from a very early age.
You can find out more at http://www.blossomslegacy.org/
AEC's chosen charities for 2017 are Medical Detection Dogs and Wood Street Mission. Further details are below;
Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. Their bio detection dogs are trained to find the odour of diseases, such as cancer, in samples such as urine, breath and swabs. Their Medical Alert Assistance dogs are trained to detect minute changes in an individual's personal odour triggered by their disease and alert them to an impending medical event. The assistance dogs are provided to assist people living with Type 1 diabetes, Addison's, severe nut allergy, and POT's. The dogs are with their owners 24/7 and alert both during the day and night. Dogs are trained to alert by either jumping up and/or licking strongly.
This gives the families time to intervene and get to a safe place to prevent serious injury, during an 'episode'.
Don, Mary, Leanne and Role the medical detection dog
To find out more about what the charity does to help, please visit; https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/
Wood Street Mission is a registered children's charity based in the centre of Manchester. Each year they help over 10,000 local people with everyday items we all take for granted. Wood Street's mission is to help alleviate the effects of poverty on local children and their families through practical help. They provide, clothing, school uniforms, Easter eggs, books, Christmas presents etc. to children living in poverty across the Manchester region. Last year at Christmas they gave new toys and food to over 2,000 families and 4,500 children. This year they expect the numbers referred to be even higher.
To find out more about what the charity does to help, please visit; http://www.woodstreetmission.org.uk/
Our chosen charity for 2015 / 2016 was a local project called 'Inspiring Futures', a joint initiative between the Manchester YMCA and the Salford Young Carers service. The project aims to support young adult carers to achieve through employability skills, learning and personal wellbeing - and needs your support.
An example of a charity event we took part in was a long-distance bike ride: The Tour de Y Cycling Challenge.
This was a huge charity challenge set by the YMCA to cycle from Windermere to London as part of the Tour de Y. Our team, 'The AEC Spokesmen' committed to raising £3,750 for the YMCA Manchester.
The Spokesmen set off from the Lake District on 23rd September 2015 and finished in central London on 26th September. Over the four days of cycling our team rode 90 miles a day, staying at YMCA centres along the way, a total of 360 miles start to finish.
Almost £10,000 has been raised and over the course of 18 months AEC participated in a number of brilliant fundraising activities and events.
Click here to read more.
To find out more about what the YMCA does to help in your community, visit: www.ymcamanchester.org.uk
During July 2016, AEC staff donated a substantial amount of food for the Santander Food Dash for the Urban Outreach Bolton Foodbank. This was a good example of AEC using its business connections to help support a very worthy local cause.
In 2014/2015 our two chosen charities were Mustard Tree and Grace's Place. Through the activities of our dedicated staff we raised £1,910.00 for each charity (£3,820.00 in total), with AEC matching these totals to double the donations.
Mustard Tree is a Greater Manchester based charity committed to providing life support for the homeless and marginalised. It supports communities where ‘poverty and disadvantage remain a key challenge’ and where ‘levels of unemployment and economic inactivity are amongst the highest nationally’ (Manchester Poverty Commission, 2013).
We have also taken part in regular food and clothing donations to their Ancoats and Eccles shops.
Prior to the new Mustard Tree charity shop opening in Little Hulton, AEC provided free asbestos consultancy and a survey to ensure business safety compliance. We have also provided a Legionella risk assessment for the charity shop in Ancoats.
Grace's Place support children who need palliative and end of life care in Oldham, Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood and Bury.
Through the activities of our dedicated staff we raised £1,910.00 for each of these charities, with AEC matching these totals to double the donations.
BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management
We believe in implementing best practice at AEC, and are proud to achieve the standard for BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management. BS OHSAS 18001 is a framework for an occupational health and safety management system. It demonstrates that we have policies, procedures and controls in place to achieve the best possible working conditions, aligned to internationally recognised best practice. This helps us: