Goodyear Dunlop Employees Dig In for Community
A handful of employees from Goodyear Dunlop togged up in their warmest and braved the winter chill to help brighten their local landscape. Eight employees planted over 130 hedges and trees in partnership with British Waterways, creating a tranquil orchard in the midlands. The tyre maker reports the area in Wombourne, Staffordshire, has been transformed from muddy disused land to an oasis of calm for local residents and visitors to enjoy.
“Last year members of the HR team helped to improve the environment for wildlife at our local canal system as part of our commitment to helping our local community,” said Darren Green, Heath, Safety and Environment manager at Goodyear Dunlop. “It proved to be such a good team building exercise that we are back again, and this time planting trees. The hard work was well worth the effort when we think of all the people who will benefit from this new woodland which we are sure will be enjoyed for years to come.”
Goodyear Dunlop managing director Mark Brickhill has encouraged other businesses to follow suit and support their local communities to drive business success: “Helping within the local community has not just proved to be rewarding for our employees, it has also proved to be rewarding for the company. By becoming involved in projects like this employees are building upon their leadership, team work and people management skills which, from our experience, help to strengthen the company considerably as well as encourage personal development.”
Employees at Goodyear Dunlop participate in a wide range of activities, from charitable events to supporting local schools and colleges, as part of the company’s Community Programme. Last year employees raised over £40,000 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s new national burns centre and over the next 12 months are aiming to raise £50,000 to help build a playground for young patients in the hospitals Childhood and Adolescent Mental Heath Service ward.