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Making a Positive Impact from the Inside Out

At ACS, everything we do to grow and improve our business is driven by our purpose of making a positive impact from the inside out. This means we all are responsible for ensuring each of our colleagues feel engaged, supported, and appreciated. By nurturing our talent and making our workplace a fantastic place to be for all employees, we hope to pass on our positive impact on everyone we work with.

Making an Impact

Aiming to be a force for good, in the most ethical and sustainable way we can, our dedicated Impact Team are always looking for ways to improve. They work hard to positively impact not just our people, but our customers, our suppliers, our local community, the charities we work with and the environment. The team regularly meets to discuss ideas and formulate plans of how to improve our business and its positive effects on all the stakeholders mentioned.

"At ACS we have a tradition of doing things a little bit out of the norm. It has never just been about business for us – we always want to put in what we take out.

From the beginning, with just a handful of us in the office, we have always done our best to do the right thing by our colleagues, our customers, and the wider community.

People are at the heart of ACS and many of us have worked together for ten years or more. Now, with over a hundred employees currently, I’m proud to say that we have managed to maintain a welcoming and friendly environment as the ACS family has grown."

A History of Giving

At ACS we like to think outside the box when it comes to raising money for Charity. To date we have raised over £115,000 often by going the extra mile, quite literally. From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to trekking in Machu Picchu, our energy and enthusiasm is limitless.

Supporting Our Community

We value giving back to the community dearly at ACS - we strive to maintain and improve our reputation of being a well-respected, responsible Yorkshire organisation. Our considerable growth over the years has enabled us to set up a number of schemes to ensure we give back to the community as much as we can. From our apprenticeship scheme and Support Local card to our volunteering initiative where our employees get hands on with projects within local communities, we try to make a difference where we can.

CASE STUDY: MILL VIEW CARE HOME

One of our customers, Mill View Care Home, works very hard to make life for their residents more enjoyable and they do their utmost to bring the local community inside for the people who can no longer go outside. The employees have put in lots of hard work into making the home a fun and vibrant place to live in for the residents, many of whom have dementia.

The home has an American diner style café where residents and their family and friends can use away from the usual `lounge’ rooms. Outside the café is a garden space perfect for the residents to sit and relax but where they can also work and help maintain the garden. The garden was looking run down so Mill View approached us to help them regenerate it.

Armed with 35 litres of paint, 7 tonnes of soil, 2 tonnes of bark, 1,205 stone of sleepers and 1/2 tonne of gravel, the ACS team mucked into to create a colourful, sensory garden with a water feature. There is a strawberry and herb garden which residents can help maintain, plenty of seating for the diners and lots of other bright features to attract the birds and butterflies.

"The residents at Mill View are absolutely loving being able to spend time with their friends and family in the garden and this has a huge positive impact on their well-being being able to spend time engaging with others in such a magnificent place. The garden is really more than we could ever have hoped for."

Tee Tatum, Manager, Mill View Care Home.

Environment

As part of an ongoing commitment to providing our customers sustainable business solutions we want to lead by example with our environmental policy. Our office runs on energy that only comes from renewable sources and we are proud to be called a certified Carbon Neutral company and are continually considering more ways that we can make a positive impact on our environment.

To further strengthen our commitment to the environment we also offer a free recycling programme for all our customers which not only helps us with our environmental goals but also assists our customers with their own environmental policy.

More about our commitment to the environment >

Our People are Our Power

ACS is a people business – and we stop at nothing to look after ours. We are always looking for innovative ways to reward the loyalty and hard work of our employees. From our pension programme and once in a lifetime trips, to our office dog and weekly yoga sessions.

View our A-Z of Employee Engagement >

Ethical Trading

ISO 9001 is woven into our management system. This means that we comply with the minimum ethical sourcing standards and to ensure ethical trading across our supply chain, we check and assess the profile of every new supplier. We only ever appoint suppliers and manufacturers who are certified to an equivalent standard.