The Port of Felixstowe takes its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) very seriously and welcomes the opportunity to forge closer links with the local community. Over the years, we have worked with local authorities, development agencies, charities, schools and other stakeholder groups on a number of initiatives aimed at building a stronger and more prosperous community, and at developing a real sense of partnership. These have included:
• Port Community Fund
• The Landguard Partnership
• Suffolk Coasts and Heaths
• Felixstowe in Flower
• Cycle Path Development
• Wear Your Uniform To Work Day
Hutchison Ports UK, has pledged to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business. We will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant and have been awarded the Silver Award for the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in recognition of our commitment as an armed forces friendly organisation.
We fully believe in giving something back to the local community, and remain committed to ensuring that as many people as possible have the chance to share in the continued prosperity of the Port of Britain.
The Port is keen to benefit the community and improve the surroundings within which we operate. We regularly provide sponsorship funds for a number of enhancement initiatives within Felixstowe – including ‘Felixstowe in Flower’, a successful annual community competition that adds colour to the town and creates an attractive environment in which to live and work.
We have also made a number of contributions to improve the amenities of the local area, including the donation of land at Landguard Terminal to the local authority in 1992, for use as a viewing area, and the provision of a further portion of land in 2010 to improve access and parking at what has become one of the most popular visitor destinations in Felixstowe.
The area has been further enhanced by the Port with the opening of a new Visitor Centre in 2013. The completion of the Felixstowe South development will provide a larger, enhanced viewing area, and an upgraded Visitor Centre.
In keeping with the ethos of the Hutchison Ports Group, the Port of Felixstowe focuses a considerable proportion of its community efforts on the younger generation
through its participation in Hutchison Port’s Dock School programme.
Local schools are able to apply to the Dock School programme to obtain funding for projects. Proposals that have received our support have included the refurbishment and restocking of two school libraries and the creation of a new science pond.
The Port of Felixstowe recognises the important role played by charitable organisations within the local community, and is committed to helping these organisations achieve their goals. Its involvement is focused on medical and educational causes within Felixstowe and the surrounding areas, but requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
As a responsible corporate citizen, the Port has come to the aid of many charities over the years. This has included contributions made to the local efforts of large national charities; however, more often than not, it involves providing assistance to local charities run by local people, trying to make a real difference to the communities in which they are based.
In 2008, the Port became a Founding Partner of the Port Community Fund (PCF). Since its inception, the Fund has awarded over 100 grants totalling over £200,000 to worthy local causes. Managed by The Suffolk Community Foundation, the Fund is comprised of leading shipping and transport companies in the country, and provides a vehicle for them to help local charities. The members of the Fund are, The Port of Felixstowe, Pentalver Ltd, Harwich Haven Authority, Cosco Shipping, Freightliner Ltd, Grange Shipping, Trinity College, MCP Plc and Maritime Transport.
Further information on the Fund and details of how to apply for a grant are available at www.portcommunityfund.co.uk
The Port is closely involved with many important and influential organisations that work towards improving the economy and environment of the local region. Amongst others, we are a major stakeholder in the Haven Gateway Partnership, the Stour and Orwell Estuaries Management Group, and the Landguard Partnership. We also host Local Authority Liaison Committee meetings twice each year to give members of District, County, Town and Parish Councils the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues that affect them and the communities in which they live. Finally, in order to improve our waste management, Port of Felixstowe has entered into a partnership with Suffolk Coastal Services whose expertise has become invaluable as we endeavour to recycle and divert from landfill as much waste as possible.
• New Anglia LEP
• The Haven Gateway Partnership
• The Stour and Orwell Estuaries
• The Landguard Partnership
• Port Community Fund
• Felixstowe Futures
• Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
• Felixstowe Chamber of Commerce
• Felixstowe Business Enterprise Group
• Suffolk Education Business Partnership
• Felixstowe Freight Quality Partnership
• ACT Travelwise
• Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
• Suffolk Sustainable Transport Forum
• Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB project
• Suffolk Wildlife Trust
• Felixstowe Seafarers’ Centre