We understand that every business makes a financial, environmental and social difference not only in our local community, but also wherever else it operates in the world. At Bentley, our community engagement plan makes a commitment to always behave ethically and contribute to local economic development, while supporting and improving the quality of life of our colleagues and their families. This goes hand in hand with supporting the local community and wider society. This requires a long-term commitment to building the Bentley community through a number of different initiatives. These include topics such as the environment that concern us all. For example, Bentley was the first automotive company to achieve the three Carbon Trust Standards for carbon, water and waste. The roof of the Pyms Lane factory houses over 20,000 solar panels capable of generating up to 40% of the site’s energy requirements.
Bentley was a founding member of the Cheshire Community Foundation and through a dedicated Bentley Fund offers grants to community organisations and charities operating within 20 miles of our headquarters. We have also been supporting our local hospice St Luke’s for decades, with both high profile involvement and ongoing grass-roots support, with many colleagues giving up their time to help and to generate donations. The recent creation of the Rotary Club of Bentley Cheshire brings likeminded colleagues together from across the business to meet up and work on community projects.
Another community engagement initiative involves our Bentley trainees working with the Prince’s Trust, supporting a local 12-week programme run by Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service for unemployed 16-25 year olds. This is a great opportunity for our Graduates, Undergraduates and Apprentices to support the development journey of participants whilst building their own skills.