04 March 2022

TSM Social Value Activity

It has always been important for TSM to add value through the work we undertake as part of a supply chain.  We continually review all aspects of our operation to improve safety, health, environment, and quality outcomes.  

When tendering for work it is important for TSM to be able to evidence and to quantify the difference that their activities make in terms of the themes and outcomes prioritised in the Social Value Model. We see social value as the positive change that TSM brings to individuals, communities, and the environment in which we operate.
TSM has through consultation with our workforce identified several themes that we would like to provide with support. These include assisting the homeless community, supporting local community sport, and breaking down barriers to employment through work opportunities for individuals who struggle to find work or who are looking to transfer their knowledge and skills.

TSM involvement with Nottingham Giving to improve health and wellbeing of disadvantaged groups:

We first became aware of Nottingham Giving when an employee (Daniel ‘Danny’ Kerr) from our Nottingham depot asked if we had any spare polo style t-shirts or fleeces.  He had told us that he was working with the homeless community in Nottingham and wondered if TSM could help.

Danny was contacted by our SHEQ manager who advises on TSM corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities and sustainability. TSM underwent a rebrand in early 2021and this left new items of clothing including fleeces, beanies, and polo shirts bearing the old company branding.  It made good sense both in terms of CSR and TSM’s objective of reducing the environmental impact of disposal for TSM to offer to gift the clothing items to Nottingham Giving.  Danny accepted the offer, and the items were provided ahead of the onset of winter.

Danny explained that he was keen to register Nottingham Giving as a charity and that while he explored that possibility he had set up an Amazon® Wish List (click here)

TSM has an annual Christmas Jumper Day where office staff can pay a small donation to wear a Christmas jumper, or a cash forfeit if they choose not to.  The Christmas Jumper Day raised a total of £125 which was split equally between CRISIS a national Homeless Charity and Nottingham Giving.  Danny from Nottingham Giving said that he would use the cash to buy food and personal hygiene items to provide through the festive period and into the New Year.

Wellbeing through community sport:

TSM has a long association with local youth football.  At present we provide support to the Redditch United FC Junior team.  RUFC offers a football and education programme that provides opportunities to gain college and university level qualifications alongside an elite football programme which instills the FA code of conduct.  Players are expected to play fairly, with respect, to be gracious in victory and defeat, to be loyal, and to work for the benefit of the team. These are values that align with those that TSM identify as important to themselves.

Tackling economic inequality by breaking down barriers to employment:

TSM have always recruited personnel from the communities around their depots and areas of operation. TSM provides training to enable individuals, who require it, to attain sector scheme competence. TSM engaged with the UK Government Kickstart Scheme for funding to create jobs for those under 24 years of age on benefits and at risk of long-term unemployment.

We have enrolled with an organisation called Vocation Training who support young people not in employment, education, or training, the long term unemployed, women, and BAME individuals by enhancing their existing skills whilst enabling them to develop new ones.  We have provided work opportunities to trainees from Vocation training in the areas we operate.

TSM are currently developing links, through a trade body, to provide opportunities for offenders to find work as part of their rehabilitation back into society on release.