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Amy Wilkinson, pictured, is the new Social Value Lead at Corps Security. She played a lead role in Corps Security obtaining Social Enterprise, from investigating how to apply, what credentials needed to be met, working closely with the senior management team to achieve Corps new status, Amy played a pivotal role.
Mark Rogers, Executive Director at Corps Security says: “Social Enterprise status brings many benefits. For our business it guarantees that our social mission remains at the very heart of all we do and ensures we continue to operate in an ethical, transparent, and accountable way. I am excited to have Amy lead on this. It is my hope that together we can achieve great things for our people and our planet whilst supporting our purpose and Amy will make sure as a business, we do exactly that.”
Amy began her career in the security industry in 2008 and over the past 13 years has held various roles across both sales and marketing functions. She has helped support sales strategy as a Bid Manager, working with colleagues to secure a number of large contracts with blue-chip customers.
Amy developed an interest in corporate responsibility and social value, having observed the impact security colleagues can have both on client organisations and within their wider communities. She joined Corps in 2019; the Corps was created in 1859 with a specific and special social mission – to provide gainful employment to ex-service personnel returning from the Crimean war. Amy will work with Corps charity partner Combat Stress, and other deserving causes to define how the business can improve social impact.
She says: “One of the things I found when I joined Corps was it is not about the bottom line, whilst making a profit is important for Corps it is all about the people. I couldn’t be happier to take the lead on Social Enterprise. It is important for me that Corps gets the recognition it deserves for the work it does with ex-military personnel. Corps was founded on a social mission that it still lives by today. It is now my duty to make sure we keep that mission alive alongside achieving our environmental and governance goals.”
Amy is working with the senior leadership team to ensure the company’s future activities continue to support its initial social mission, staying true to its roots and working closely within military communities. Thanks to Corps Security’s clients, Combat Stress have funded 109 Days for the helpline. That is 4,500 calls of which 2,070 were new callers seeking help for the first time. They have given 131 veterans individual sessions with a psychiatrist, funded 575 one-to-one trauma-focused sessions and 862 video therapy sessions at home. In addition, 2,632 participants can attend one-to-one peer support group meetings across the UK.
As well as meeting social enterprise criteria earlier this year and joining a growing number of companies able to offer a ‘diverse spend’ option, Corps Security have also recently been awarded the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award. This is in recognition of support for the Armed Forces community. Corps have been a Living Wage Foundation recognised service provider since 2020 and they’re also a carbon neutral company, funding projects across the world and offsetting 477 tons of carbon a year.