Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme aims to work and engage in the local community to improve social cohesion, maximise our positive impact and develop future talent through work with schools, colleges and universities. To enable this work, all Yunex Traffic employees are entitled to two paid days per year to undertake authorised volunteering activities.
Procurement Team Volunteering Day July 2022
19 July 2022:
As part of our volunteering programme, the procurement team have been out supporting the community at a local dementia care home. The care home's next project was to rescue chickens! Our team painted fences, dug holes, set posts in concrete, and created a designated area for the chicken coop with newly-constructed run - and all this on the hottest day of the year! A rewarding experience providing a new home for their chickens and also helping residents to connect with old memories. Well done team!
Yunex Traffic welcomes BCP Councillors and local school children to its factory
8 July 2022:
To celebrate National Manufacturing Day, Yunex Traffic opened the doors of its Poole factory to welcome a number of visiting dignitaries and parties of schoolchildren. The visitors all had an opportunity to see behind the scenes of the company's factory, the global manufacturing base for Yunex Traffic worldwide.
School pond and garden transformation by our team!
We have recently supported a local school by helping to dig out an old pond and garden ready for it to be transformed into an area which the children will use to support their learning and also a community vegetable plot. A great team effort of moving soil, rocks and concrete - on a particularly warm day!
Yunex Traffic Global Cleanup
19-22 April 2022:
"Invest in our planet" was the theme of World Earth Day 2022, encouraging global change aimed at preserving and protecting our health, families and livelihoods. In support of Earth Day, events were held across Yunex Traffic sites from 19-22nd April for the Global Cleanup Challenge.
Colleagues from our Poole office contributed with a litter pick across the site and nearby park. It was not our usual work activity but we found it a very rewarding exercise. By removing waste from the local area, especially plastic, we can make it more pleasant for people to live and work as well as help the natural ecosystem of wildlife.
5 April 2022:
The Manchester Marathon took place on Sunday 5th April this year. 4 of our colleagues ran the gruelling 26.2 miles to raise almost £6,000 for a very worthy charity. Their preparation involved setting goals, planning and hard work sharing their training programme and data from their tracking apps on our internal social community site. The response to these posts was overwhelming with everyone sharing messages of support which provided a much needed boost for training after a full day's work, inclement weather and countless blisters! The runners noticed a positive impact on their mental health during this process and were very grateful to their colleagues who supported them on race day.
QE School Careers Fair
26 January 2022:
Yunex Traffic was represented by Cam Stark and Russ Bartlett at QE Careers Fair, Wimborne helping to showcase six entry level talent positions starting in September at the Poole site.
Apprentices Unlocked Event 2022
Yunex Traffic took part in a recent Apprenticeship Career Fair at the RNLI in Poole represented bu some of our current apprentice and also an ex-apprentice. All had an opportunity to tell future recruits about their stories. Luke, for example went on from his apprenticeship to gain a degree and Tom explained how he has been helping to develop the new aluminium signal head for worldwide supply!
2022 Easter Appeal
Our North East team have registered with a volunteering organisation within Barnsley to do more for their community. Their latest donation goes to the Single Parents Support and Advice Services (SPSAS) Together the North East Yunex Traffic Team were able to donate 45 Easter eggs to the Easter appeal.
Award Winning Yunex Traffic - Inclusive Mobility Awards 2021
At the ITS-UK Annual Industry Awards in November 2021, we accepted the "Inclusivity Mobility Award" on behalf of all Yunex Traffic staff who have given their time and expertise to support our local communities. Mobility is so much more than moving people and goods - it's about making our transport networks accessible and safe for everyone.
Yunex Traffic Senior Management Team transforms care home garden
A local care home welcomed green fingered team members from Yunex Traffic to revamp its garden. Residents and team members were delighted to welcome our Senior Management Team who gave up their time to transform the home's garden as part of our community outreach programme. We were really please to support our neighbours and help renovate the outdoor space for residents and their families to enjoy. The entire team found the day really rewarding and we're looking forward to supporting the care home again in the future.
Yunex Traffic are Real Living Wage accredited!
Yunex Traffic has become an accredited employer with the Living Wage Foundation. Gaining this accreditation meant that we committed to paying a voluntary, externally determined, hourly pay rate in excess of that required by law (i.e. above the minimum wage)
In order to retain our accreditation we will be adjusting pay annually to reflect any amendments made by the Resolution Foundation and Living Wage Commission to ensure hourly pay rates meet the commitment.
Enabling independence for people with disability
In 2020, Yunex Traffic received a request for help from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council for a lady who relied on an assistance dog, Darwin to help with practical tasks. Darwin's essential training stalled due to COVID-19 and travel to the training centres was restricted leaving Alex unable to leave her home safely.
The team responded to the request for help and volunteered 7 days to deliver a remote nearside unit in Alex's garden that, with some custom-built battery supported circuitry, allows Darwin to practice entering demands for crossing points by simulating a cycle of Wait/Red-Man/Green-Man. The team did not only supply a working box, but they also arranged for a sub-contractor to provide the civils which included cementing a short pole into the ground.
Supporting children with educational needs
The ITS team in Poole were contacted by Sheiling School in Ringwood, Hampshire to help build a pedestrian crossing on their campus. Sheiling School and College provides a learning environment for around 70 students who have special educational needs.
Our Field Services team committed their volunteering time, working closely with the school for two months to install equipment, making sure students can familiarise themselves and gain confidence with the use of a controlled crossing but within a safe environment. Following the challenges of COVID-19 the team were proud to be a part of something so positive and help those in need.
Environmental Volunteering Day at Upton Heath
Some of our HSQE team had the privilege of joining in with some environmental volunteering in Upton Heath Nature Reserve organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust. The heath was badly damaged by a fire in the summer of 2018 so it was their job to clear the ground of burnt gorse, shrubs and trees in an effort to speed up the ground's natural recovery process. Environmental influence on wellbeing is not uncommon (reduced stress levels, increased attention, reduced aggression), but the extent to which a difference is made, and giving back to the community is another motivation.
Environmental Volunteering: Bracken bruising on Brownsea Island
A group of our volunteers came together, in aid of Dorset Wildlife Trust, for bracken bruising on Brownsea Island. This practise manages bracken growth in sensitive habitats helping to keep the species mix more balanced. Bracken is an overpowering species, which is poisonous to grazing livestock and small mammals.
We have become a Disability Confident Committed Employer
Our commitment to supporting inequality is at the heart of our business and we are proud to have become a Disability Confident Level 2 Employer.