What we do
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AWE plays an important role in its local communities. We recognise that the way in which we manage our business and how we interact with our neighbours and the wider community is critical to our success. We take full responsibility for our operations and how we manage them, working towards a sustainable environment that benefits everyone.
Because what we do is of great national importance, our approach is highly regulated and we operate to the highest level of security, both in terms of how our sites operate and the people who work with us. As a nuclear licensed site, we are responsible to our regulators to ensure that we manage our operations in a safe and secure way at all times.
The safety and security of everyone - our staff, our neighbours and our community - is paramount. Each site has a highly experienced team of security officers and Ministry of Defence Police. Their job in frontline security is to protect you and the AWE sites.
We have been part of the local community for more than 60 years. Even today, a large number of our employees continue to live in the neighbouring areas. Strong and positive relationships with everybody with whom we interact – neighbours, local parishes, schools and the community – are extremely important to us. They are essential to the way we build and sustain our business.
Equally, AWE’s Local Liaison Committee is a vital communications forum as well as a focus for holding us to account for operating safely, securely and for upholding our environmental responsibilities.
The work we do in the community is driven by two objectives:
This year we employed an independent research company to canvas the views of members of our local community. Participants included local residents, councillors and schools and the results of the survey are being used to help us shape our future community relations programme.
We believe in giving something back to society by demonstrating commitment to our employees and the wider community. Many of our employees are granted time outside of work to fulfil varying roles such as councillors, magistrates, school governors or special constables.
Our schools programme – AWEsome Education – encourages and inspires pupils to consider Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) as a future career. And our Schools Liaison Scheme has links with many local schools and a member of our staff champions each one.
Through our charitable donations programme, we also recognise and value the incredible work that local and national charities do. Our approach to charitable giving is as much about volunteering as it is about pledging money.
Read about our performance across the themes of our Sustainability Plan, which shows great progress against the measures contained in the Sustainability Plan, first published in 2012.