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Corporate Social Responsibility Case Studies
Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme aims to work and engage in the local community to improve social cohesion, maximise our positive impact and develop future talent through work with schools, colleges and universities. To enable this work, all Yunex Traffic employees are entitled to two paid days per year to undertake authorised volunteering activities.
Glasgow Depot donates gifts for Christmas
23 December 2023:
Well done to everyone in the Glasgow depot who stepped up to the plate with their generosity to provide so many gifts for kids who unfortunately wouldn’t have had the best Christmas. Even with things getting so expensive in our daily lives this year again, our toy appeal surpassed last year’s total.
Actor David Hayman, who is the face of the charity, actually came in personally to collect them and he was blown away with our generosity.
Edinburgh Depot deliver food bank contributions
20 December 2023:
Just before Christmas, the Edinburgh depot delivered a substantial number of food contributions to a local food bank. The Trussell Trust Feedbank in Leith, Edinburgh, thanked everyone involved and stated that the people of EH6 and EH7 would be really grateful!
Well done to everyone involved with spreading some festive joy to those in need over the holiday period!
Green Wheelchair User aspects installed around London
4 December 2023:
#TeamYunexTraffic were out in force to install Green Wheelchair Users aspects at various sites across London for TfL in support of International Day of Persons With Disabilities (IDPWD)
This follows on from previous work with TfL to install “Green Women” signals and LGBTQ+ signals. Sites included Liverpool Street Station, Whitechapel Station, Tower Hill, King’s Cross and Earls Court.
Choose to re-use: sustainability on show
27 November 2023:
Yunex Traffic, Poole had an electrical cabinet surplus to requirements that we were going to dispose of. Dave was a Production Engineer at Yunex Traffic and worked in our manufacturing facility for 30 years. He recently retired and now volunteers at Swanage Railway. Dave offered to give it a new life housing railway equipment on a siding at Swanage.
It is more sustainable to reuse equipment that recycle it for the raw materials, as it requires less resources, keeping in line with the waste hierarchy.
Showcasing emerging talent opportunities in Birmingham
22 November 2023:
#TeamYunexTraffic spent the afternoon showcasing our Emerging Talent opportunities for 2024 to students at the University of Birmingham. Thank you to Roy and Autumn for giving up your time to talk about our company to those looking for a career in engineering.
Road Safety Week at Yunex Traffic
19 – 25 November 2023:
Last week, as part of Road Safety Week 2023 in association with BRAKE, we hosted some fun activities to spread awareness and get people talking about this year’s focus – speed! We hosted our Bake for BRAKE event, with lots of #TeamYunexTraffic in attendance to enjoy some of the delicious cakes. We also held a Road Safety Week “Lunch & Learn” session to spread the message across all our employees.
Our Road Safety Week Sticker Competition has also now come to a close, with the winners being announced. It was a really tough competition to judge with a whopping 286 entries submitted from primary school children across the country. Congratulations to our winners who will have their stickers displayed on our fleet vehicles.
Delivering Social Value: WoEITS
31 October 2023:
Members from our Training Department and Avonmouth Depot came together to instill wonder and inspire the students at Blaise High School in Bristol with fun STEM activities and CV writing support. Here’s what the students and teachers had to say:
“It was great to have you both there and to meet Toby, Adam and Erin. Their presence made such an impact on the students”. We received wonderful feedback from the students – every single one said they would recommend the visit and it’s made them more excited about the idea of work. The school also said the session provided a few of the students with a really positive classroom experience, which doesn’t happen every day!
From Bristol WORKS:
“Jason’s session was really fun and engaging. The students got stuck in with all the activities and everything was pitched perfectly to the students and their needs. The team did really well to adapt the session when needed.”
Yunex Traffic @ SAY Event for Parent Carers
20 October 2023:
Jan and Erin attended the North Somerset Parent Carers Working Together – A Day of SEND Event. They helped a local charity (SAY (SEND and You), signpost parents and carers to information and support for their children and young people.
It was heart breaking to hear that people felt abandoned at a time when they (and their children) were struggling – our team worked hard to reassure them knowing that SAY could help and advocate for their needs.
Important discussions with Weston College around Apprenticeships, work experience and placements for SEND students were also on the agenda. There is still lots of work to be done in this space but events like this mean we are heading in the right direction.
#TeamYunexTraffic at QE School Careers Fair
13 October 2023:
#TeamYunexTraffic took part in a busy evening chatting to young people about the range of careers available at our company at the QE School careers fair. Thanks Bri and Ammar for volunteering to help spread brand and job awareness.
Yunex Traffic compete in GreenPower Goodwood Finals!
8 October 2023:
Graduates and apprentices from Yunex Traffic participated in the finals of the Greenpower Goodwood Race at the iconic racetrack. Our team put in nine months of hard work to build their car from the ground up and to participate in the finals.
Thanks to our team efforts, we secured the 26th spot out of 40 in the final race. We made significant enhancements including more reliable steering, a new set of batteries and upgraded the gear ratio for the motor. These changes proved beneficial, especially in the second half of the race when so many competitors started experiencing slowdowns.
National Manufacturing Day at Yunex Traffic
28 September 2023:
Today we hosted a group of 8-year-olds from a local school in Poole and showcased engaging STEM activities and exciting factory tours! A HUGE thank you to all our talented colleagues from all corners of the business for stepping up to share their wisdom.
The day was a huge success, and the children were really engaged with all the exciting activities on show. Hopefully the event has inspired a few Traffic Transformers of the future!
A special thanks to Thea to organising such a successful event, and to Suzanne and Corli for putting dignity aside and dressing up as our resident traffic cones for the day!
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Workshop
19 September 2023
Yunex Traffic held a full day inclusion workshop to help align our EDI goals. It was fantastic to see so many colleagues join in the conversation about equity, diversity and inclusion.
It was a pleasure to be joined by Sandra Sheahan from Merlin Entertainments (the business if you like rollercoasters!!) who share the approaches they have in place to ensure that Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is “Built into their Business and not Bolted on”.
Creating an inclusive business isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s also a smart business move. Embracing different and diverse perspectives leads to innovation and creativity and there was definitely a lot of that in the room. Let’s continue working together to create a more inclusive and successful future for Yunex Traffic.
Volunteers renovate Local School Field
23 June 2023
Yunex Traffic employees joined teams from Milestone, Atkins, Ringway and Surrey too help dismantle an old swimming pool and remove overgrown shrubs. The cuts and bruises are worth it when you get the following feedback from the school:
“On behalf of all the children and staff at West Ewell Primary School I am writing to express our immense thanks for all your hard work this week transforming our school field. We really appreciate the time, effort and resources your teams invested in making this project a reality. The cleared area is now a blank canvas which we plan to transform into a flourishing wildlife area and outdoor classroom which all our pupils can enjoy, whilst learning about nature, biodiversity and developing a deep appreciation for our environment.”
Yunex Traffic’s Green Commitment: Planting 300 trees in Surrey
23 May 2023
A team of Yunex Traffic colleagues rolled up their sleeves in Surrey to contribute to a greener future. Our support led to the planting of 300 native broadleaf trees, aligning with a broader goal of 1.2 million trees by 2030.
Hands-on participation included planting trees at the Cheyne Walk roundabout in Horley, resulting in three new hedgerows and four additional trees. This project showcases our dedication to sustainability and community well-being.
This effort is part of our ongoing collaboration with Surrey County Council, highlighting Yunex Traffic’s commitment to making a positive impact on the environment and communities we serve.
World Clean Up Day 2022
17 September 2022:
World Clean Up Day 2022 united volunteers all over the world to tackle the global waste problem and build a sustainable world. Our Poole office contributed with a litter pick along the street outside our office and in the nearby car park. A rewarding exercise to help tidy up the local area and clear up the nearby green space. The litter collected was then sorted to separate the recyclables and was disposed of safely and correctly. Well done Team!
Yunex Traffic UK STEM Summer Camp!
Yunex Traffic in Poole were gearing up to take part in the Bournemouth Air Festival’s S.T.E.M Village in September. Our Business Impact Team (made up of interns, grads and apprentices) created interactive S.T.E.M activities. Micro:bits, wires, LEDs and Scalextric were involved in connecting technology and maths with a fun activity for kids and adults alike!
Well done to Piyangi, Rob, Daniel and Redjolkina for organising and running the day!
The Seven Pillars of Business Confidence
2019 – 2022:
In 2019, we facilitated The Seven Pillars of Business Confidence programme to engage and inspire women through a series of high impact and practical confidence-boosting workshops spanning 20 weeks. The programme was designed in conjunction with Adrienne Saunders (Yes You Can Training) in response to a business survey which highlighted challenges our women face working and progressing in a male-dominated environment. They discovered their confident voices with strategies to express with clarity their career goals and understand how to use the latest communication techniques to inspire others to listen.
Diversity Drives Growth – Round Table Networking for Women
24th August 2022:
Yunex Traffic hosted this event on our Poole site, on behalf of the Women’s Engineering Society Hampshire and Dorset Cluster and Poole Marine Hub. We were joined by 22 women from 14 local businesses including BCP Council and Bournemouth University discussing how diversity can really grow businesses. An inspirational morning learning from our speakers about their career paths, discovering how to get the best from networking and different initiatives locally to support diversity and inclusion.
Camp Barton, North Somerset volunteering
Eight volunteers from Yunex Traffic delivered STEM and sports activities, keeping a group of children with varying disabilities thoroughly entertained for the day. At Camp Barton, North Somerset, Bristol Children’s Help Society offers residential and outdoor learning experiences for children whose personal circumstances have significantly depleted their life opportunities.
A truly humbling and motivating experience.
The children were obviously delighted with our visit!
Commonwealth Games: Squash United & England Squash
One of our Senior Service Account Managers, Jonathan spent an amazing seven days volunteering at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022. He was a “have a go” leader working for Squash United and England Squash where anyone had the opportunity to play on a specially-built mini court outside the venue from 09:00 – 21:00 each day. Many of the top players supported the experience, including games gold medal winners. Over 5000 people tried out on the court over the 12 days, aged from 2 to 82…an International player for the over-75s team no less! A fantastic experience!
Commonwealth Games – Collective Volunteers
July / August 2022:
Rocky from our Tendering team was fortunate to be one of 14,000 Games Collective volunteers selected from 40,000 applicants. He volunteered for four days, two days on the Cycling time trial and two days on the Women’s and Men’s Road Race.
“If you know me that you’ll know I’m a proud Brummie and I couldn’t be prouder of my home city after they smashed the Commonwealth Games”.
Well done Rocky!
Careers Fair – Heron Hall Academy
Maya had the pleasure of re[resenting Yunex Traffic at a Careers Fair held at Heron Hall Academy in Ponders End, Enfield. She spoke to approximately 240 Year 10 children about her role in the company, her career path, as well as the routes to employment with the company. Maya was encouraged to see lots of interest in Yunex Traffic and perhaps some future employees!
Well done Maya!
Procurement Team Volunteering Day July 2022
19 July 2022:
As part of our volunteering programme, the procurement team have been out supporting the community at a local dementia care home. The care home’s next project was to rescue chickens! Our team painted fences, dug holes, set posts in concrete, and created a designated area for the chicken coop with newly-constructed run – and all this on the hottest day of the year! A rewarding experience providing a new home for their chickens and also helping residents to connect with old memories. Well done team!
Yunex Traffic welcomes BCP Councillors and local school children to its factory
8 July 2022:
To celebrate National Manufacturing Day, Yunex Traffic opened the doors of its Poole factory to welcome a number of visiting dignitaries and parties of schoolchildren. The visitors all had an opportunity to see behind the scenes of the company’s factory, the global manufacturing base for Yunex Traffic worldwide.
International Women in Engineering Day 2022
23 June 2022:
For International Women in Engineering Day, our Normanton team offered a female colleague a glimpse into the day-to-day of the Field Service team. Dawn Murrell experienced a typical day for Field Services, she visited a number of sites, which was a far cry from her usual job as a senior administrator in Normanton. Her day included the D2D motorway contract and also a number of new traffic installations within the Barnsley contract area. She bravely climbed the gantry over the A1(M) north of Boroughbridge.
A great opportunity to get out on site and appreciate our Field Services colleagues working environment. Well done Dawn!
World Environment Day 2022 #OnlyOneEarth
9 June 2022:
Congratulations and thanks to the nineteen Yunex Traffic volunteers who picked up 10 twenty-five litre bags or recyclable / compostable waste, as well as 1 black bag of litter during a lunchtime litter pick near the Poole office. The litter collected was sorted to separate the recyclables and was disposed of safely and correctly. As a thank you, the volunteers enjoyed some great fair-trade coffee from Cool Coffee Cart, a local business.
School pond and garden transformation by our team!
We have recently supported a local school by helping to dig out an old pond and garden ready for it to be transformed into an area which the children will use to support their learning and also a community vegetable plot. A great team effort of moving soil, rocks and concrete – on a particularly warm day!
Yunex Traffic Global Cleanup
19-22 April 2022:
“Invest in our planet” was the theme of World Earth Day 2022, encouraging global change aimed at preserving and protecting our health, families and livelihoods. In support of Earth Day, events were held across Yunex Traffic sites from 19-22nd April for the Global Cleanup Challenge.
Colleagues from our Poole office contributed with a litter pick across the site and nearby park. It was not our usual work activity but we found it a very rewarding exercise. By removing waste from the local area, especially plastic, we can make it more pleasant for people to live and work as well as help the natural ecosystem of wildlife.
5 April 2022:
The Manchester Marathon took place on Sunday 5th April this year. 4 of our colleagues ran the gruelling 26.2 miles to raise almost £6,000 for a very worthy charity. Their preparation involved setting goals, planning and hard work sharing their training programme and data from their tracking apps on our internal social community site. The response to these posts was overwhelming with everyone sharing messages of support which provided a much needed boost for training after a full day’s work, inclement weather and countless blisters! The runners noticed a positive impact on their mental health during this process and were very grateful to their colleagues who supported them on race day.
QE School Careers Fair
26 January 2022:
Yunex Traffic was represented by Cam Stark and Russ Bartlett at QE Careers Fair, Wimborne helping to showcase six entry level talent positions starting in September at the Poole site.
Apprentices Unlocked Event 2022
Yunex Traffic took part in a recent Apprenticeship Career Fair at the RNLI in Poole represented bu some of our current apprentice and also an ex-apprentice. All had an opportunity to tell future recruits about their stories. Luke, for example went on from his apprenticeship to gain a degree and Tom explained how he has been helping to develop the new aluminium signal head for worldwide supply!
2022 Easter Appeal
Our North East team have registered with a volunteering organisation within Barnsley to do more for their community. Their latest donation goes to the Single Parents Support and Advice Services (SPSAS) Together the North East Yunex Traffic Team were able to donate 45 Easter eggs to the Easter appeal.
At the ITS-UK Annual Industry Awards in November 2021, we accepted the “Inclusivity Mobility Award” on behalf of all Yunex Traffic staff who have given their time and expertise to support our local communities. Mobility is so much more than moving people and goods – it’s about making our transport networks accessible and safe for everyone.
Yunex Traffic Senior Management Team transforms care home garden
A local care home welcomed green fingered team members from Yunex Traffic to revamp its garden. Residents and team members were delighted to welcome our Senior Management Team who gave up their time to transform the home’s garden as part of our community outreach programme. We were really please to support our neighbours and help renovate the outdoor space for residents and their families to enjoy. The entire team found the day really rewarding and we’re looking forward to supporting the care home again in the future.
Yunex Traffic are Real Living Wage accredited!
Yunex Traffic has become an accredited employer with the Living Wage Foundation. Gaining this accreditation meant that we committed to paying a voluntary, externally determined, hourly pay rate in excess of that required by law (i.e. above the minimum wage)
In order to retain our accreditation we will be adjusting pay annually to reflect any amendments made by the Resolution Foundation and Living Wage Commission to ensure hourly pay rates meet the commitment.
Enabling independence for people with disability
In 2020, Yunex Traffic received a request for help from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council for a lady who relied on an assistance dog, Darwin to help with practical tasks. Darwin’s essential training stalled due to COVID-19 and travel to the training centres was restricted leaving Alex unable to leave her home safely.
The team responded to the request for help and volunteered 7 days to deliver a remote nearside unit in Alex’s garden that, with some custom-built battery supported circuitry, allows Darwin to practice entering demands for crossing points by simulating a cycle of Wait/Red-Man/Green-Man. The team did not only supply a working box, but they also arranged for a sub-contractor to provide the civils which included cementing a short pole into the ground.
Supporting children with educational needs
The ITS team in Poole were contacted by Sheiling School in Ringwood, Hampshire to help build a pedestrian crossing on their campus. Sheiling School and College provides a learning environment for around 70 students who have special educational needs.
Our Field Services team committed their volunteering time, working closely with the school for two months to install equipment, making sure students can familiarise themselves and gain confidence with the use of a controlled crossing but within a safe environment. Following the challenges of COVID-19 the team were proud to be a part of something so positive and help those in need.
Environmental Volunteering Day at Upton Heath
Some of our HSQE team had the privilege of joining in with some environmental volunteering in Upton Heath Nature Reserve organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust. The heath was badly damaged by a fire in the summer of 2018 so it was their job to clear the ground of burnt gorse, shrubs and trees in an effort to speed up the ground’s natural recovery process. Environmental influence on wellbeing is not uncommon (reduced stress levels, increased attention, reduced aggression), but the extent to which a difference is made, and giving back to the community is another motivation.
Environmental Volunteering: Bracken bruising on Brownsea Island
A group of our volunteers came together, in aid of Dorset Wildlife Trust, for bracken bruising on Brownsea Island. This practise manages bracken growth in sensitive habitats helping to keep the species mix more balanced. Bracken is an overpowering species, which is poisonous to grazing livestock and small mammals.
We have become a Disability Confident Committed Employer
Our commitment to supporting inequality is at the heart of our business and we are proud to have become a Disability Confident Level 1 Employer.