HCT Group launches 2013 Social Impact Report
HCT Group is a social enterprise, reinvesting the profits it makes from transport contracts back into high social impact transport services or projects in the communities we serve. We aim to make a real difference to people’s lives and what we’ve achieved each year is set out in our annual Social Impact Report.
In 2012/13, HCT Group provided a total of 364,437 passenger trips for disadvantaged individuals or community group members – a 23% increase from the previous financial year. This increase was driven by growth in all areas of our community services and included a 107% increase in the ridership on our community buses.
One area that is particularly heartening is the increase (99%) in the number of community group members trained to drive minibuses (MiDAS). As MiDAS training includes tuition in driving in an environmentally friendly manner, this not only means that community groups can save money by driving their own buses, it also means that the environmental burden of fossil fuel use is reduced.
Our Learning Centre has seen great effort rewarded in 2012/3, with a five-fold increase in qualifications for learners who were previously unemployed. This perhaps understates the Learning Centre’s achievement, as the figures do not include the results for the complete academic year (August 2012/July 2013), which show total qualifications gained by previously unemployed people at 709.
HCT Group has a depot or operation in seven of England’s 15 most deprived boroughs. Consequently, our actions as an economic entity can make a real difference. We prioritise local procurement and in 2012/13, excluding items where local procurement is not practical (fuel, vehicle leasing and insurance) 34% of our spend on suppliers went to areas of economic disadvantage.
You can download the social impact report for 2013 –‘Growing enterprise, growing impact’ here. (large file)