With depots based across the length and breadth of the country, servicing a vast range of customer needs, it is to be expected that each team has its own focuses, and agenda for sustainability. One of the biggest issues in many communities is a lack of understanding of the role played by major food and drink supply chain operations, such as those typified by Fowler Welch and its customers.
In order to combat this and bring our business closer to its local communities, our local teams go out into schools and communities to educate and engage with young and old alike in the values and responsibilities of the operation in their area. The aim of this is to develop relationships between the businesses and the communities in which they operate.
We want them to appreciate the simple facts of food and drink distribution, accepting that for every large vehicle they see on the roads, hundreds of satisfied families will be shortly taking the contents of those trucks off the shelves of their local supermarkets in the form of the freshest of products; available only because of the dedicated 24/7 services we contribute.
On top of this, at a country-wide level, our people support a chosen national charity, with events taking place across the network in support of this and selected smaller local charities. In recent years we have donated many thousands of pounds to organisations such as Macmillan, The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Epilepsy Research UK.
We are currently working with Transaid, who help transform lives through safe, available and sustainable transport, as our designated charity, generating vital donations through specific fundraising activities throughout the year. To support the scheme, we even sent two of our highly skilled colleagues to Tanzania to assist in providing safe driver training.