Our family business is committed to supporting our communities, both in the Yorkshire region in which we’re based and in our global supply chain. We know we depend on resilient communities for our employees, customers and suppliers – both present and future – and have a broad programme of community activities covering education, charitable giving and sustainability.

Many of our community programmes have a long history. Our Trees for Life campaign – which supports both people and planet – was launched in 1990 with a pledge to plant 1 million trees. Since those early days we’ve planted over five million trees around the world and helped protect an area of rainforest the size of the Yorkshire Dales.  And over ten years ago the Cone Exchange, our community scrap store and recycling facility, was born.

Our staff raising funds for charity

Our people are essential to the success of our community work and we promote opportunities for people to be ‘hands on’ – whether that be planting trees in local woodland, sharing skills with young people via school visits, or nominating and supporting local good causes.

In 2021 our people around the business raised over £57,000 for eight local Yorkshire charities including Martin House Hospice, Manorlands Hospice and St Leonard’s Hospice in York. Topped up by our family business with a further £50,000 this meant over £107,000 was shared between our charity partners for the year. These charities are close to our people’s hearts as they are nominated and then voted on by our people to raise funds for each year.

Globally we invest in projects and partnerships which address deep-rooted social and community needs within our supply chain.

To see how we have supported our local communities during the Coronavirus crisis, click here.


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