Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and local community activities are something we are passionate about and which goes much deeper than charitable giving.
The ethos of Mason Navarro Pledge CSR strategy, led by MD Stuart Pledge, is to have a positive impact on society. We are committed to working with partners and clients to deliver engineering projects that are creative, well-thought out and innovative in the use of sustainable materials. Through shared values, everyone at MNP is proud to play their part in our vision: to leave a positive legacy in every building we touch.
We strive to provide an environment promoting the health and wellbeing within MNP and our supply chain. Supporting and empowering everyone to thrive and grow in their careers, building skills, knowledge and experiences which we encourage the use of in the wider community too. For example, being actively involved in our sponsorship of three rugby teams, inspiring the next generation by being STEM programme ambassadors and participating in charity fundraising activities linked to clients such as Maggie’s Cancer Care centres.
We are passionate about taking an active company-wide approach to Corporate Social Responsibility that connects us to our local community in a way that is more than just charitable giving. Although we design buildings all over the UK and abroad, our roots are local within Hitchin where our HQ is based and many of our team live.
We are proud sponsors of Hitchin Rugby Club, North Herts Crusaders and Herts Barbarians. Each club has values that align with ours and we share the same passion to realise the benefits of great teamwork, commitment to training and being fit and ready to take on the next challenge; on the pitch, on-site, in the office or in the boardroom.
The clubs, like ourselves, also encourage diversity by providing opportunities across all age ranges from youth to seniors, male and female teams. We are proud that our commitment to the clubs have created increased opportunities to participate in rugby for families that previously were excluded through financial means.
By using the support of 720+ children of the local rugby community as a platform to promote maths and engineering, we actively enrol students from local schools on work experience with us. We have successfully recruited apprentices from this base also, developing local talent to become engineers and modellers.
Every employee is invited to get involved in our Community programmes, from playing (helping their health and fitness), being a volunteer at an event (giving back to their community) or supporting education through work experience opportunities and skills / knowledge exchange events at their local schools (STEM days).
MNP’s involvement has also helped the clubs attract a wider base of sponsors through digital marketing support and promotion, allowing the clubs to grow their financial sustainability and offer more to their players, coaches and families.
MNP was first involved in a sponsorship capacity with The Hedgehogs in 2016 as platinum and tag festival sponsor, and in 2017 we stepped into the role of lead sponsor signing an initial 5 year deal. Rugby is our passion, with our MD Stuart Pledge having played from the age of 7 and now coaching his son at the club. With boots that have been hung up many times, he now plays in the senior touch league but has threatened to run out in the vets! So as a business filled with rugby supporters, coaches and parents, it was a natural decision to support such a great family and community club.
The Crusaders are so much more than a just your local rugby league side. We started our sponsorship with them in 2019. They are sporting advocates for looking after not only your fitness but are very active in supporting the mental health of not only its players but all their suppliers, sponsors and of course their fans. They achieve great results on the field, and have expanded to include two junior sides for the 2020 season. They are inspiring the next generation of league stars. They are heavily involved in the local community and supporting its needs, particularly during COVID19 and are making sure that their online messaging is supportive and open to its players and fans.
The club was founded by Joe Benucci and James Nye in 2014, with the aim of raising money for great causes, having fun whilst doing this and bringing the local community together. The Baa Baa’s comprise of players from clubs across Hertfordshire and we started our sponsorship with them in 2019.
Ambassadors sharing knowledge and providing experiences to the next generation of engineers
In partnership with SETPoint Hertfordshire (our local hub for the STEM industry programme backed by the Department of Education) our Director, Stephen Vernon, acts as a local business volunteer, attending schools across Hertfordshire as part of their programme of STEM activities and Enterprise Days. We help young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes needed for success, building on key skills and attributes such as communication, confidence, problem-solving and teamwork.
We also work in partnership with Young Enterprise, the UK’s leading enterprise and financial charity, to reach over 315,000 young people every year and enabling them to develop the knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the ever-changing world of business.
For three consecutive years, MNP has sponsored a bursary for students on the Engineering course at Sheffield University. Our Director, David Mason is an assessor on their annual “Engineering You’re Hired” initiative. In 2019 he was the industrial assessor with 6 multidisciplinary 2nd year student teams, creatively tackling “Ocean Debris”.
Climate change is an issue that many of our engineers want to make a difference in, not only in their everyday lives but in the structures they build
Meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. In November 2019 we signed up to the “Engineers Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency” Declaration from the IStructE.
For the designs of our buildings we consider how low carbon and sustainable materials can be best utilised during construction, and how the building fabric and systems can be optimised to provide a sustainable performance over the building life cycle. The demolition phase is considered, with recoverable materials being weighted as more preferable when considering development legacy.
As structural and civil engineers, our primary focus is on material selection. There is an obvious merit in selecting sustainably sourced timber products which allow us to start from a positive position of having recovered CO2 locked within our frame for the good of all, but we also consider the impact of material transportation and installation, as well as economics and the demands of the supply chain when taking this approach. On site energy efficient measures, and on site zero carbon technologies are prioritised and, at times, it may be appropriate to use off site measures to improve the design offering.
Our team has specific experience in delivering projects to a range of sustainable design standards including BREEAM and The London Plan. Together with our clients, we commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system in balance with the natural world.
Our social values are extremely important to us. Philanthropy, community support, environmental concern and wellbeing underpin all we do
We encourage our employees to support the charities and fundraising that is closest to their hearts. Each year, more than half of the workforce can be found fundraising at any given time. As a compassionate employer we are happy to support them in a small financial way, and also with any time they need to get to an event, a boxing match, a road race, a life jacket for a dragon boat event, a round of drinks for the pub quiz, the list is endless.
We are also working towards the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations and make social impact a priority for all. These 17 Goals look to transform our world and promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. More important than ever, the goals provide a critical framework for COVID-19 recovery – we’ll update you on this soon!