We are active members of the community we serve
Building a Better World is an inherent principal in the way we do business and live our lives as individuals. MWH, now part of Stantec are active members of the community we serve and aspire to leave a positive, lasting impact on people and the planet. We continue to partner with organisations who strive to ensure every individual and every community has access to clean water. Our company ethos which promotes global knowledge sharing, virtual forums and knowledge communities encourages people of different races, nationalities and religious backgrounds to work together and there are numerous examples of people seconded or promoted to work in different countries. Our employees are our greatest assets and we strive to grow, inspire and protect them. We actively encourage diversity through our people and our activities, as we truly believe in the value of a diverse workforce to both inspire our people and grow our business. We believe in a good work/life balance and we encourage our employees to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work. Here is an insight into some of the fantastic success stories we have that show how MWH has adopted and engaged in corporate responsibility as a way of working.
MWH, now part of Stantec, has a long standing relationship with WaterAid. WaterAid transforms the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation. By working with local partners, we are able to invest in the future of local communities so that they can continue the good work.
We have a network of WaterAid Reps situated in each MWH office in the UK who organise a diverse range of fundraising events throughout the year. Employees have the opportunity to take part in fundraising 10k step challenge, cake sales, coffee mornings, quizzes and Cyclothons.
The Mere Water Heroes, a team of MWH Graduates based in offices throughout the UK, recently took part in WaterAid’s Water Innovators Challenge to design real life sanitation solution for Lake Villages in Cambodia. The Mere Water Heroes competed against 30 teams from the UK and Australia and presented their research in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch to key experts at WaterAid, developed project management plans, and refined their team-working and business acumen skills too. Their research was a success and the team were crowned ‘Best Sanitation Solution’ at the Water Innovators Awards 2016.
As patrons of RedR, we promote awareness and raise funds to support the valuable work that RedR carries out. RedR provides vital pre-departure training to aid workers who help disaster and conflict stricken communities rebuild their lives. Wear Red for RedR is just one of the many campaigns held each year. We encourage all our employees across the UK to come to work dressed in red clothing and take part in various competitions to help support RedR’s valuable overseas disasters relief work.
We are firmly fixed on inspiring the next generation into a career in engineering. It is our responsibility to resolve the UK’s skills shortage by attracting a diverse range of young people with creative flair and a thirst for problem solving to mould into the next generation of engineers. To ensure the future demand for skilled engineers is met, we have partnered with Engineering UK to raise awareness and present engineering as an inspiring career bursting with broad and exciting opportunities. We promote engineering as an exciting and inspiring career through successful STEM initiatives and have coordinated a Schools Engagement Project to inspire young people to think about careers in science and technology from an early age.
Inspiring the next generation
Five MWH graduates are operating an after school STEM club for 14-16 year olds in a secondary school in High Wycombe. Sessions are highly interactive and students are encourages to adapt imagination and ingenuity to research and design engineering solutions to tackle local flooding scenarios and future transport activities. Feedback for the STEM club has been highly complementary and teachers have been exceedingly impressed with the encouragement and freedom for students to develop and champion their own inventive and innovative ideas. The Warrington Office Community Engagement Group have recently completed a five week school engagement programme with a Year Six Primary School class in Warrington. The programme they had tailored specifically for the school, was split into different engineering disciplines over the five week period and included presentations, hands on practical activities and documented learning.
ICE Bridges to Schools
MWH, now part of Stantec hosted an ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers) Bridges to Schools STEM event at Rhydypenau Primary school, Cardiff, UK. In partnership with the ICE these visits to schools across the UK give young people the chance to build miniature version of the Second Severn Crossing.
The ICE Bridges to Schools is a 13m long, 2.8m high cable stayed bridge that school children have the opportunity to build within their own school premises. Using the model cable-stayed bridges, children experience bridge building at first-hand, while wearing hard hats, high-vis vests, gloves and goggles. After the bridges have been built, each child gets the chance to walk across and test their engineering skills.
Since our visit to the school, feedback from one of the parents was that their son now wants to be an engineer when he grows up – and that is exactly what we set out to achieve. This activity promotes engineering, construction, and manufacturing and technology careers for students aged over 16. ICE Wales Cymru North Wales Branch helped organise the event.
Supporting our local environment
We care about protecting and preserving our environment and take an active role in creating a sustainable future. MWH employees recently volunteered at the Risley Moss Nature Reserve to support the Rangers of Warrington Borough Council efforts to restore the site.
Risley Moss is a lowland raised bog that was created following the last Ice Age. In the UK, approximately 94% of the lowland peat bogs have been destroyed or damaged, and Risley Moss is no exception.
Our team of willing volunteers were delighted to help and spent the day carrying out practical conservation tasks, which included vegetation removal to support wetland progression and future carbon storage.