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27,899…27,900! SYNETIQ get squatting to raise £1,425 for housing and homelessness charity

Nine colleagues from the SYNETIQ’s Client team completed a ‘100 squats a day in May’ challenge – raising funds for housing and homelessness charity Shelter.


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SYNETIQ’s Client Team

SYNETIQ, the UK’s largest integrated vehicle recycling company, continue their fundraising efforts by taking part in Shelter’s ‘100 squats a day in May’ challenge.

Nine colleagues from the Client team took on the super challenge for 31 days, completing 3,100 squats each – 27,900 in total – and raised £1,425 for Shelter.

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SYNETIQ’s Client Team

The charity, which helps people in housing need by providing advice and practical assistance, and fights for investment in housing and for laws and policies to improve the lives of homeless and badly housed people, expects the pressure on its frontline services to grow as the true impact of the pandemic is revealed.

With people’s incomes slashed, job losses mounting, and people hanging onto their homes by a thread, the charity says the pandemic has shown the inequalities in the UK’s housing system.

Charities are also receiving a boost thanks to SYNETIQ’s pound-for-pound match funding scheme. The scheme maximises the fundraising efforts of colleagues across the business by matching funds raised. In this case, the team asked for their match funding to be donated to SYNETIQ’s chosen charity of the year, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The match funding scheme is one part of the company’s corporate social responsibility work. In 2020, SYNETIQ’s Colleague and Community forum was established, offering an opportunity for employees to put forward their ideas and vote on how best to support the causes and charities in their local communities.


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.