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CSR (SME)

WINNER: IRWIN M&E LIMITED

Adam Robinson and Neal Dodds from Irwin M&E are presented with the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility – SME’ by Jo Clague, registrar and chief operating officer at event partner Queen’s University Belfast

Ethos at Irwin M&E is ‘we believe we work better together’

At the heart of how Irwin M&E runs it business is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and the company is passionate about reducing its carbon footprint and supporting local charity and community groups.

Its CSR Action Plan – which sets out initiatives a year in advance to allow it to set objectives and milestones which it can record itself against – contains information on reducing its carbon footprint, reducing waste sent to landfill, charities and community groups to be supported, and sponsorship of local sports teams/groups.

One of Irwin’s largest customers is the NHS, and during the pandemic it worked tirelessly with all five health trusts in the north, ensuring their buildings remained operational, safe, comfortable, compliant and energy efficient.

From converting staff canteens into Covid wards, setting up new Covid rapid test centres, ward refurbishments, new lighting and heating schemes, Irwin M&E designed, installed and maintained these for the trusts despite the well documented disruptions and difficulties.

Mark Bloomer, assistant director of estates services at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, said: “Irwin M&E’s high level of service was particularly demonstrated through the Covid- pandemic where, while other contractors were shutting down and withdrawing their services due to Government furlough schemes, it willingly and without hesitation increased their workforce and resource presence within our sites to assist our estates team to deliver much needed projects and maintenance works across our acute and community sites.”

Environmental sustainability is at the forefront of all Irwin M&E does, in a bid to reducing its carbon footprint, and it has an ISO 14001 accredited Environmental Management System in place.

A strong ethos of trust, loyalty and honesty underpins everything this highly-driven company does. Its focus is on building long-term strategic partnerships, and it believes “we work better together”

Its range of innovative solutions includes GPS tracking systems installed in all company vehicles, which helps reduce diesel consumption by ensuring the nearest engineer is deployed to a responsive call; using hybrid company cars, with charging points installed at its offices; 10 per cent of its employees are enrolled on renewable energy courses (plans are to have up to 40 per cent of mechanical workforce trained by 2023); combined heat and power (CHP) units and air/ground source heat pumps are installed to reduce emissions.

Investing in local charities is also at the forefront of the CSR strategy at Irwin, raising thousands of pounds each year for its chosen charity incredABLE and other charities through various initiatives ranging from breakfast mornings, quizzes, a grand draw and donations from its Christmas jumper day.

The company also supports local communities by volunteering at food banks, going litter-picking, carrying out community gardening projects, donating sports kits to schools, and sponsoring a range of sports and arts organisations.