Groupe Renault UK Corporate Social Responsibility
Young Enterprise exists to help young people think about their future, what type of life they might like, and to consider what type of job they might need in the future to fulfil their aspirations.
We provide volunteers to support Young Enterprise during these events to enrich and ‘bring to life’ the experience, by showcasing our careers to date and talking to students about the choices we have made, from deciding on what subjects to study, which university to select and what course to follow and, of course, our best decision to join Renault UK! Opportunities exist within schools across the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire counties.
As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's works directly with over 200,000 children, young people and their families every year. They run over 900 vital services across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.
Barnardo’s believes in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. Their purpose as a charity today is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children. They believe in the abused, the most vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. They will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child. They do this because we believe that every child deserves the best start in life and the chance to fulfil their potential.
With the right help, committed support and a little belief, even the most vulnerable children can turn their lives around. Barnardo’s is regulated by the Charity Commission. Being a registered charity means that Barnardo’s must always be accountable and transparent.
Barnardo’s stands at the forefront of pioneering support services and lobbying the government for urgent changes in social welfare policy to protect children and young people. 95 pence in every £1 Barnardo’s spends goes towards their work helping vulnerable children, young people and their families across the UK. The remaining 5 pence is used to help find the next £1.
‘Barnardo’s doesn’t pat you on the back and say “there, there everything’s ok”, it invites you to take the bad and turn it into good’ Laura
BEN is the UK’s dedicated charity for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive and related industries, as well as their dependants.
Whatever the problem; financial, emotional or physical, BEN is only a phone call away. Their trained welfare officers give confidential advice and support, whatever the problem. They help over 15,000 men, women and children every year.
BEN operates five care centres around the UK which offer an excellent standard of care for over 350 people of various ages with differing needs. They provide a wide range of care options catering to different ages and abilities, from the young, physically disabled to dementia support and end of life care.
BEN also operates a workplace day care centre in Coventry which provides a safe and welcoming place where elderly relatives can be cared for while their family members go to work.
Groupe Renault UK is proud to have been associated with CarKraft since 2009. The scheme, which started in 2001, is aimed at young drivers in Northamptonshire between 15-30 years and is recognized as a class leader in the field of driver training and improvement. For this, Renault provides a range of cars, from Twingo to Kadjar.
Research shows that it is a lack of driving experience - not a lack of years on the planet - that causes one in five newly qualified drivers to crash within six months of passing their test.
In 2015, CarKraft was shortlisted for the The First Car Young Driver Road Safety Awards and this year has been shortlisted for two national industry road safety awards.
Over 10,000 pre and young drivers have taken advantage of the CarKraft scheme and around 200 older drivers have also benefitted. A positive outcome of this training saw the number of killed or seriously injured (KSI's) on Northamptonshire’s roads fall to an all-time low. The scheme is hugely popular, regularly over-subscribed and has attracted numerous best practice visits by other local authorities.
Renault is the official car partner of the Virgin Money London Marathon and has been working with the Marathon for over 20 years.
Renault provides a fleet of 35 vehicles from across its range, from the 100% electric ZOE, right up to the Master van. Vehicles are used to transport VIPs and elite runners before and after the race and are used on race day by race officials and as lead vehicles along the route. The company also enters eight members of staff into the race each year to raise money for charity.
The Christmas giving tree
Renault UK takes part in a very special staff Christmas charity initiative year after year, 'The Giving Tree' where we Support Helen & Douglas House, a hospice for children and young adults.
The original hospice opened in 1982 as the world’s first children’s hospice. It expanded to a second building in 2004 specifically for young adults aged 16-35.
The two hospice houses offer specialist symptom and pain-management, medically-supported short breaks and end-of-life care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family.
Following the phenomenal support shown for our Wear It Pink Breast Cancer Awareness activities, a number of our courageous / foolish male colleagues maintained the momentum and showed their support for Movember by cultivating moustaches!
Renault UK had its own dedicated Movember Team Page where willing Mo-Bros could sign up to the Renault Team and we could all show our support by donating to the cause.
Throughout the month of Movember a series of fun facial hair themed events and activities were organised to raise awareness of men’s health issues including Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer and Mental Health problems.
Breast Cancer Awareness
“Breast cancer campaign” is funding world-class breast cancer research with the greatest potential to save and improve lives, bringing together the brightest minds to share knowledge and produce better, quicker results.
In order to support the campaign, Staff at Renault UK participated in a week of activities, from male waxing to wear it pink, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
Charity Cycle Challenge
The charity cycle challenge covered 302 miles in 4 days across parts of France and Belgium. The Renault team cycled sections of the Tour de France and Tour of Belgium, and given the centenary year of the start of WW1, cycled through the battlefields of the Western front close to Ypres and Menin. It started in Dunkirk, the team cycled through Roubaix, Brussels, Ghent and Bruges before returning to Dunkirk.
They all did a fabulous job raising money for our Renault charities BEN and Barnardo's.
Crisis at Christmas
Each year (for over 13 years), Renault UK supports Crisis at Christmas, the homeless single persons charity, by providing a fleet of cars, vans and minibuses to transport volunteers, staff and guests around London during the festive period. To quote Crisis, 'Crisis at Christmas would simply not be possible without the generosity of thousands of volunteers, individuals and companies who donate products, time, money, skills and services'.