Social value
An industry-leading programme with great results

Creating routes to employment for hard-to-reach groups, supporting our local communities and working with more socially responsible businesses

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Discover the Reconomy Social Value Programme

For Reconomy, increasing social value and improving business resilience means increasing the number of social enterprises and third-sector organisations in our supply chain.

It also means considering more socially responsible businesses for the goods and services we procure, as well as the direct and indirect employment of people from ‘hard-to-reach’ backgrounds.

To find out more watch our video on Reconomy's RSVP programme.

National House Project

Bridging gaps for young adults leaving care

We are supporting care leavers, helping them to live independent lives through training, employability and work opportunities in the waste and customer industries. Our aim is to prevent young people leaving care from becoming a statistic. Currently 30% will be homeless 6-24 months after leaving care and 30% of the prison population have been through care.

Listen to Mark Warr of the National House Project discuss their aims and how they are working with Reconomy's social value programme to help young people in care move into their new homes.


Explore the Reconomy FreshStart Programme

Our inclusive programme is there to change the lives of vulnerable people including ex-military, the homeless, ex-offenders and long-term unemployed .We are helping to rehabilitate pre-release prisoners and ex-offenders through waste-related training and employability and to recycle ‘difficult to dispose of waste’. Our aim is to give ex-offenders another chance, helping to reduce re-offending rates, which are currently around 30%.

Working alongside RMF Construction see how we are giving hard to reach groups an opportunity to shine.

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£0m of social value delivered in 2020

As a direct result of employee feedback, we have put actions in place to identify, through self-volunteering, a team of mental health first aiders. The aim is to help remove any stigma around mental health and give those who require additional support the opportunity to talk and have their voices heard.

Listen to our mental health first aiders on how they came to pitch the idea

We are committed to addressing existing skills gaps by supporting employment into our sector. We will employ locally (66% of current employees live locally), promote diversity and uphold equality of opportunities to all. By sharing and promoting our values, we will attract, motivate and engage talented people who want to work for us and grow with us.

We are proud to maintain an enviable position of being well below the waste industry’s average standard for accidents, and we will continue to maintain and improve upon this position. These same high standards are required of all the suppliers working on our behalf across the UK.

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Environmental value

Environmental responsibility for Reconomy is a fundamental commitment that goes beyond compliance.

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Business value

Adding value through outstanding customer service, integrity, innovation, investment in talent and supplier partnerships.

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Multi-award winning social value programme

In September 2020, the Reconomy Social Value Programme, RSVP, won the IEMA Sustainability Impact Award for Community or Social Value

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