Community Mark For East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Airport (EMA) is the first UK airport to achieve the Business in the Community (BITC) CommunityMark for its continued support and investment into local communities.  CommunityMark is the UK’s only national standard that publicly recognises excellence in community investment.
EMA has invested a total of £570,000 (US$894,000) in local communities over the past three years and this year has added £197,352 ($309,500) through new projects such as the Aerozone, additions of sculpture to the Airport Trail and support to projects through the Community Fund.
The CommunityMark was launched in 2008 and is endorsed by HRH the Prince of Wales.  EMA has provided £143,525 in sponsorship to charitable causes and 308 school children from 15 schools have benefited from their community investment in the last year.  The airport says it places a great emphasis on the community with specific focus on inspiring future generations, secure engagement, inspiring the arts and listening and responding to local communities through outreach sessions.
Neil Robinson, EMA’s Director of Sustainability said: “We are honoured to have been awarded the CommunityMark and to be the only airport in the UK to have received this award is very exciting.
“The airport supports our local communities in many ways, from the Community Fund to inspiring young people through education.  We pride ourselves on being a sustainable business and work with local schools and communities to ensure that we have strong and enduring relationships.”
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said:
“During a considerably tough year, East Midlands Airport has proved that continuing to listen, engage and respond to the needs of their community reinforces the fact that excellence in community investment not only has a positive and valuable impact on society, but translates to real business benefits.
“They have focused on social issues such as education and training and fostered strong reciprocal partnerships to help improve the knowledge and skills in their local communities to ensure that there are people to support the local economy and business”.
The airport was among three other companies to achieve the national standard of excellence for community investment, bringing the total number of CommunityMark achievers to 38.
To achieve the CommunityMark, companies are assessed according to five principles of community investment through a rigorous process, validated by an independent panel and externally assured by consultant AD Little.