At BMRA and within our membership not only are we helping to preserve the planet and natural habitat as metal recyclers, we also support issues closer to home. From running nationwide campaigns to supporting local charities and initiatives, our members are dedicated to supporting the communities in which they and their employees work and live.
Each year the BMRA President selects a charity that we support through our fundraising activities of raffles and auctions at the BMRA Golf Day and Annual Dinner.
In 2022, the charity is The British Heart Foundation (BHF). The BHF funds around £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascular dementia. Diabetes. They're all connected, and they're all under the BHF’s microscope.
In 2021, the charity was the Royal British Legion, the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 180,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping to give support wherever and whenever it’s needed.
In 2020, the BMRA continued its support of Dreamdrops.
In 2019, two charities were selected:
Dreamdrops supports SCBU, Holly Ward and the Home Community team at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. It was set up with the aim of raising money to buy those little (and large) extras that aren't covered by NHS public funds but which make a hospital stay more comfortable - or less stressful - for children and their families
The Global Recycling Foundation's mission is to fund educational and awareness programmes, innovation initiatives which focus on the sustainable and inclusive development of recycling, across the world. It supports the promotion of recycling, and the recycling industry, across the world to showcase its vital role in preserving the future of the planet. It is the driving force behind Global Recycling Day on 18 March.
In 2018 the charity was Kite Ridge School. Based in High Wycombe, the school offers placements to students with significantly challenging behaviour and a secondary need of severe learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder. Each Kite Ridge School student follows a bespoke curriculum tailored to their own individual and specific needs, and are involved in a number of activities including work experience sessions and weekly swimming lessons.
In 2017 the charity was World Land Trust. It is an international conservation charity that protects the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats acre by acre. Through a network of partner organisations around the world, WLT funds the creation of reserves and provides permanent protection for habitats and wildlife.
Below are examples of the CSR activities of our members. If you are a BMRA member and would like to feature your CSR activity on this page, get in touch.
Here are just a few examples:
- Binn Group raised £5,623 for Speak and CHAS by taking part in Tough Mudder.
- Employees at Sackers are taking part in Movember, raising money for Prostate cancer. Follow them on social media for progress updates.
- John Lawrie Group donated £25,000 to fund the refurbishment of five rooms in the paediatric assessment unit (PAU) at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.
- EMR has launched a school educational programme that will be delivered to schools up and down the country to educate children on metal and the importance of recycling.
- Recycled Products Ltd has put a skip to collect aluminium cans outside its Chesham base. Proceeds will be donated to the charity Arctic One
Case Study - Recycling Lives:
Central to Recycling Lives business model is its commitment to creating demonstrable and measurable social value through social and charity programmes, focussing on job creation, offender rehabilitation, tackling homelessness and food redistribution. They give employment and opportunity to ex-offenders and members of society who have been marginalised by their circumstances. By reaching out to these people and creating social value they can:
- reduce reoffending - On average 67 ex-prisoners will reoffend compared to only 3 out of 100 when employed by Recycling Lives.
- support homeless men
- redistribute food to support community groups
“Our vision is to successfully align charity with business to build better communities and create long-term social value. Sharing our vision, values and knowledge, we will develop recycling partnerships that change lives.”
Steven T Jackson OBE DL - Founder, Recycling Lives
You can learn more about the positive impact Recycling Lives has had on ex-offenders by watching this video featuring Tina and Ian.