Amey was established in 1921 when William Amey set up a quarrying company in Oxfordshire, it became a public company in 1959 with a share capital of £540,000. Amey’s last acquisition of Owen Williams in 2006 enabled the company to offer clients a genuine end-end-to-end service incorporating highly regarded design and building consultancy. The company is one of the leading integrated public service providers in the UK. They achieved a share capital of £1.5 billion in 2008, have a wide presence in over 200 locations and over 11,000 employees.
Amey has developed value policies in four keys areas, in order to ensure the welfare and success of their employees and the business as a whole:
- Value and development: there are many informal and formal development opportunities including accredited programmes, internal courses, coaching and workshops, so as to enable their employees to reach their full potential.
- Appraised: an appraisal system ensures all their employees understand what’s expected of them as well as covers their career aspirations and development planning. It involves a twice-yearly performance and development reviews in which feedback is well received. Moreover, they also obtain feedback from employees through its employee survey.
- Health and safety: Amey conducts rigorous risk assessments, supported by training and instruction and assured by a comprehensive process of monitoring and audit. This safety management system has been certified to the best practice specification, OHSAS 18001 for the Amey Group and each of the main operating businesses.
- Not discriminated against: a diversity action plan is delivered to encourage the inclusion and bring together a workplace that reflects the society they operate in.
- The company is committed to community involvement through back-to-work programmes, supporting local youth sports teams and developing relationships with citizen organizations.
- Amey aims to build long term sustainable relationships with their suppliers by treating them fairly and embracing them as an important part of the company.
- The company has environmental management systems in place to ensure that they reduce their environmental footprint.
Aiming to provide world class services, Amey ensures that the company’s competitive interest, the interest of their customers, of wider society and the environment are given equal consideration under the principles of sustainable development.Amey manages its corporate accountability objectives by complying with legislation and industry standards in order to be transparent and responsive to their stakeholders.
- Health and Safety performance evaluation shows that during 2009 when Amey launched the Well-being and Go Green campaigns, a 4% improvement in their carbon footprint and a 26% improvement on their accident rate was achieved.
- In 2008, the company received a ‘Bronze’ ranking (70%-79.5% score) within Business in the Community´s Corporate Responsibility Index results in community area.
- By aggregating spend on goods and services across the company, Amey maximised its benefits and ensured the continuity of supply without compromising the quality or cost.
- Amey has reused 93.8% of waste in 2007 in highways repair and resurfacing contracts; which represents 1,189,162 tonnes of potential waste that was reused or recycled.
- Amey’s latest WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the Carbon Trust Guidance calculations show a reduction in Co2 per £M turnover from 64.6% to 52.3%.
- In addition, their C vehicles project, together with Energy Savings Trust analyse of Amey’s transport capability across the company, led to exciting changes and moved the company to the forefront of sustainable transport solutions through its ‘Miles Greener Campaign’. Within this campaign, Amey is piloting new technologies that incorporate cars with greater efficiency and lower emissions to the workplace.
- Supported by NVR, Amey promoted the planting of 272 trees by students in Oxfordshire area in March 2008. through the Amey Business Division of Local Government, Inter-Urban and Consulting interacting with soft estate and biodiversity issues. These specialists ensure priority species and habitats conservation, not only to prevent negative impact but to enhance the network where possible.
- Amey has gained certification to the international environmental management systems standard ISO 14001 for the Amey Group and each of the main operating businesses.
- The company has participated in the Business in the Environment (BIE) Index of Environmental Engagement. Amey was placed in the ‘Silver’ performance band as its score increased from 51% to 89% recently.
- The company is providing a ‘white light’ solution in residential streets using high intensity discharge lamps, which is designed to improve visibility and proven to reduce crime in order to bring improved quality of life.
Amey has further expectations and key plans for 2010 that aim, among others, to achieve zero accidents by ‘Target Zero Every Day’ campaign; reinforce the Group Procurement Policy; and set a target to reduce the company’s Carbon Footprint by 10% by the end 2010 based on a 2006/2007 baseline.