While some companies talk about being purpose driven, we're actually delivering real initiatives to improve life chances and help create a society that works for all.
The latest example is our Building Lives academy in Liverpool. Opened last year as part of a swathe of work in the city, this gives work experience and a new sense of purpose to dozens of people released from a local prison. As many know who work with ex-offenders as mentors, they have a desire to make a positive contribution when they are released, to get a job and enjoy life on the ‘outside’ without being drawn back into the environment that got them sent to prison in the first place.
Building Lives is just one way we help that happen, alongside other initiatives such as our tie-up with Key4Life where our people work in prisons as mentors with inmates soon to be released to give them the guidance and support to help build their lives outside.
Each year, four out of five of our people contribute to an activity or project that improves the life opportunities of a person or enhances local community infrastructure. Being a company, whose purpose is to build lives as well as places is part of our DNA.