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Social investment programme

Urenco has further underlined its commitment to a sustainable future through its €1.4 million social investment programme. We have formed partnerships with charitable organisations where we can add value to their work in making a positive change to specific global and local communities.

All our partnerships align with Sustainable Development Goals, our corporate values and our sustainability ambitions as a good corporate citizen across education, skills and research; culture, health and social improvement and the environment. In addition to this programme, we actively encourage our employees to volunteer with local organisations so they can make a positive social impact in their local communities.

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AFRICA

Chester Zoo
Chester, UK

Chester Zoo is a conservation-based zoo and major wildlife charity committed to preventing extinction. Their science lab is the global hub for research and education focused on conserving endangered species and their habitats. Chester Zoo hosts an education programme aimed at schools to nurture STEM interests.

Partnership summary:

This partnership endorses and supports Chester Zoo’s pioneering conservation research and its 2030 goal of empowering 10 million people to live more sustainably. Over the next three years it plans to double the size of its current lab facilities reinforcing its science programme and increasing its training capacity. This aligns with Urenco’s core values in terms of innovation and leadership - Chester Zoo, with Urenco’s social investment, will not only continue to be a leader in conservation and preventing extinction but will also increase its global impact by influencing zoos across the world.

The science lab project, also funded through Urenco’s social investment, will help the zoo reach over 150,000 young people through different learning programmes. Further, Urenco funding will also assist Chester Zoo create job opportunities for graduates and trainees.

Chester Zoo already works with other zoos in countries where Urenco operates, in the US, Germany and the Netherlands.

IsoHope
London, UK

IsoHope is a charity partnership between the University College London Hospitals Charity UK and the Institute of Nuclear Medicine (INM). This charity fund was established by  University College London to help support the work at INM and to give support for equipment, software, training and to improve the facilities offered to patients.

Partnership summary:

Our partnership with IsoHope, a division of the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Charity UK directly supports the work of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine (INM). Our funding will go towards medical research, studies and the sharing of knowledge to better understand lung inflammatory and malignant diseases.

Science Museum

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British Science Association

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OYFO Science Museum
Hengelo, Netherlands

The Oyfo Science Museum is an interactive museum with several different exhibitions. The museum promotes an interest in STEM for primary and secondary school children and their parents.

Partnership summary:

Our Social Investment Partnership supports the creation of a ‘body shop’ interactive stable isotopes game and display at the new OYFO Techniekmuseum in the Netherlands. This will nurture children’s interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) subjects and highlight Urenco’s role in nuclear medicine. OYFIO is the main regional science museum situated close to Almelo, and the partnership will increase understanding of Urenco’s work as well as supporting the local community.

IAEA Food and Agriculture Programme
Vienna, Austria

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) work in partnership to help Member States use nuclear technologies safely and appropriately to provide competitive and unique solutions to help fight hunger and malnutrition as well as improve environmental sustainability.

Partnership summary:

Urenco will support the IAEA in transferring nuclear science and technology to countries to improve the health and prosperity of millions of people around the world. Through this partnership we are contributing to a coordinated research project (CRP) on developing sustainable agricultural practices for mitigation of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Career & Technical
High school

New Mexico, USA  

The career and technical high school provide technical programming, including preparation and certifications to local high school students for jobs that will potentially be available in the immediate area upon their graduation.

Partnership summary:

Our social investment partnership provides an opportunity for high school students in Hobbs, New Mexico to gain technical skills and qualifications enabling them to find decent employment upon graduation. The school is close to the site of UUSA and also gives students the skillset to be able to work at the UUSA plant ensuring a diverse pool of students and workers. This school has the potential to help disadvantaged students in the area.

Pump Aid
Malawi, Africa

Pump Aid works to provide sustainable clean water solutions and improve access to clean water across parts of Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on rural districts in Malawi. In 2017, Pump Aid won the International Aid and Development Award at the UK Charity Awards for their innovative approach to increasing access to water for consumption and irrigation.

Partnership summary:

A three year funding arrangement to support the training of nine local entrepreneurs in Malawi to construct and maintain around 5000 community wells and pumps (sustainable water solutions) to combat high rates of pump non-functionality and food insecurity. This is an innovative social enterprise model to facilitate the availability of local clean water for around 45,000 people a year. Additionally Urenco’s partnership will support a child-based community centre (CBCC) where early years provision and community education about sanitation can be promoted.

Na’ankusê Foundation
Namibia, Africa

The Na’ankusê Foundation’s mission is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat. It promotes an environment where humans and wildlife can live and thrive together as well as supporting the San Bushmen, a marginalised community in Namibia.

Partnership summary:

Urenco’s social investment partnership supports the marginalized San Bushman community in Namibia through funding specific projects run by the Na’ankusê Foundation. All these enhance the lives of the local people and protect their natural surroundings. Our money will go towards a sustainable vegetable garden at Na’ankusê Lodge; 50% of daily meals at the Na’ankusê Primary school, 50% salary for a remedial teacher; repairs and fuel for ambulances plus medicine and meals at the Na’ankusê Lifeline Clinic; an elephant tracker for a rescued elephant and the Forest Conservation Revegetation project.

  • Chester Zoo
    Chester, UK

    Chester Zoo is a conservation-based zoo and major wildlife charity committed to preventing extinction. Their science lab is the global hub for research and education focused on conserving endangered species and their habitats. Chester Zoo hosts an education programme aimed at schools to nurture STEM interests.

    Partnership summary:

    This partnership endorses and supports Chester Zoo’s pioneering conservation research and its 2030 goal of empowering 10 million people to live more sustainably. Over the next three years it plans to double the size of its current lab facilities reinforcing its science programme and increasing its training capacity. This aligns with Urenco’s core values in terms of innovation and leadership - Chester Zoo, with Urenco’s social investment, will not only continue to be a leader in conservation and preventing extinction but will also increase its global impact by influencing zoos across the world.

    The science lab project, also funded through Urenco’s social investment, will help the zoo reach over 150,000 young people through different learning programmes. Further, Urenco funding will also assist Chester Zoo create job opportunities for graduates and trainees.

    Chester Zoo already works with other zoos in countries where Urenco operates, in the US, Germany and the Netherlands.

  • IsoHope
    London, UK

    IsoHope is a charity partnership between the University College London Hospitals Charity UK and the Institute of Nuclear Medicine (INM). This charity fund was established by  University College London to help support the work at INM and to give support for equipment, software, training and to improve the facilities offered to patients.

    Partnership summary:

    Our partnership with IsoHope, a division of the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Charity UK directly supports the work of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine (INM). Our funding will go towards medical research, studies and the sharing of knowledge to better understand lung inflammatory and malignant diseases.

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  • British Science Association

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  • OYFO Science Museum
    Hengelo, Netherlands

    The Oyfo Science Museum is an interactive museum with several different exhibitions. The museum promotes an interest in STEM for primary and secondary school children and their parents.

    Partnership summary:

    Our Social Investment Partnership supports the creation of a ‘body shop’ interactive stable isotopes game and display at the new OYFO Techniekmuseum in the Netherlands. This will nurture children’s interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) subjects and highlight Urenco’s role in nuclear medicine. OYFIO is the main regional science museum situated close to Almelo, and the partnership will increase understanding of Urenco’s work as well as supporting the local community.

  • IAEA Food and Agriculture Programme
    Vienna, Austria

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) work in partnership to help Member States use nuclear technologies safely and appropriately to provide competitive and unique solutions to help fight hunger and malnutrition as well as improve environmental sustainability.

    Partnership summary:

    Urenco will support the IAEA in transferring nuclear science and technology to countries to improve the health and prosperity of millions of people around the world. Through this partnership we are contributing to a coordinated research project (CRP) on developing sustainable agricultural practices for mitigation of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

  • Career & Technical
    High school

    New Mexico, USA  

    The career and technical high school provide technical programming, including preparation and certifications to local high school students for jobs that will potentially be available in the immediate area upon their graduation.

    Partnership summary:

    Our social investment partnership provides an opportunity for high school students in Hobbs, New Mexico to gain technical skills and qualifications enabling them to find decent employment upon graduation. The school is close to the site of UUSA and also gives students the skillset to be able to work at the UUSA plant ensuring a diverse pool of students and workers. This school has the potential to help disadvantaged students in the area.

  • Pump Aid
    Malawi, Africa

    Pump Aid works to provide sustainable clean water solutions and improve access to clean water across parts of Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on rural districts in Malawi. In 2017, Pump Aid won the International Aid and Development Award at the UK Charity Awards for their innovative approach to increasing access to water for consumption and irrigation.

    Partnership summary:

    A three year funding arrangement to support the training of nine local entrepreneurs in Malawi to construct and maintain around 5000 community wells and pumps (sustainable water solutions) to combat high rates of pump non-functionality and food insecurity. This is an innovative social enterprise model to facilitate the availability of local clean water for around 45,000 people a year. Additionally Urenco’s partnership will support a child-based community centre (CBCC) where early years provision and community education about sanitation can be promoted.

  • Na’ankusê Foundation
    Namibia, Africa

    The Na’ankusê Foundation’s mission is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat. It promotes an environment where humans and wildlife can live and thrive together as well as supporting the San Bushmen, a marginalised community in Namibia.

    Partnership summary:

    Urenco’s social investment partnership supports the marginalized San Bushman community in Namibia through funding specific projects run by the Na’ankusê Foundation. All these enhance the lives of the local people and protect their natural surroundings. Our money will go towards a sustainable vegetable garden at Na’ankusê Lodge; 50% of daily meals at the Na’ankusê Primary school, 50% salary for a remedial teacher; repairs and fuel for ambulances plus medicine and meals at the Na’ankusê Lifeline Clinic; an elephant tracker for a rescued elephant and the Forest Conservation Revegetation project.

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    STEM education

    One of our long-standing sustainability commitments is to nurture the next generation of scientists and engineers through our support for STEM education. Our Richie education programme provides workshops and digital resources for schools and students.

    Further, several partnerships in our Social Investment Programme promote and support STEM education and advancement.

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  • Internship and apprenticeship programme

    We operate a variety of apprenticeship and internship placements for students across all our locations. To find out more and hear from our apprentices, see here.

    Expanding on our internships programme, we joined over 700 companies in supporting the 10,000 Black Interns Programme in 2021 which aims to transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the UK by offering paid work experience across a range of industries, as well as world-class training and development.

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  • Health, safety and security

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