Recycling Lives’ “outstanding” work to create opportunities for ex-offenders has been recognised nationally.
Business In The Community (BITC) handed the organisation the Outstanding Employment Award at its annual Responsible Business Awards on July 3.
Awards bosses commended Recycling Lives’ “original approach” to reducing reoffending by supporting men and women to gain meaningful, skilled work, in doing so developing a highly skilled and committed team for its recycling and waste management business.
CSR & Sustainability Director Alasdair Jackson, who led Recycling Lives’ presentation to awards judges, said: “This award is for all the men and women who have completely changed their lives since working with Recycling Lives. We are of course proud of this award win but we are most proud of having the opportunity each day to help people.”
Recycling Lives’ offender rehabilitation programme, operational in 10 prisons, is the most effective of its kind in the UK. Its HMP Academies support men and women to develop life and work skills while working in prison, and to secure work and housing upon release. It has supported hundreds of ex-offenders back into. work, reducing their risk of reoffending significantly and creating social value for the taxpayer worth millions each year.
As well as impressive figures around reduced reoffending and high employment rates, Recycling Lives success stories include parents rekindling relationships with their children after securing full-time work with its recycling business. The business manages scrap metal, scrap car and general waste contracts for local authorities and businesses nationwide, creating a growing number of skilled, sustainable jobs.
The Outstanding Employment Award win ranks Recycling Lives alongside the likes of Barclays, Lloyds Bank, HMRC and KPMG - all winners at the ceremony, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. And it follows a number of high profile award wins for the business in 2018, including earning the Queen’s Award for International Trade and being named Recycling Business of the Year, by Let’s Recycle.
This latest honour, from HRH Prince Charles’ responsible business network BITC, shows the growing strength of support for businesses using their commercial activities to create social value, as well as financial value. Recycling Lives is committed to creating social value relative to its commercial growth; as its business grows - opening new sites, acquiring businesses and winning major contracts - so too do its three social programmes, which also include a residential charity for homeless men and a food redistribution centre to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty.