Cory and the Community

Caring for the environment and the people in the communities in which we operate are core to Cory’s values.

We are vocal partners and advocates, promoting policy that improves responsible resource management in the UK. Raising awareness of the waste treatment capacity gap, we champion energy-from-waste as the efficient, environmentally sustainable alternative to landfill and export. We support the waste hierarchy and endorse river transport to reduce road traffic and improve air quality.

Educating local communities about the circular economy, we also encourage science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, giving young people opportunities to help address future waste, resource and environmental challenges.

Cory’s Community Fund

Cory’s Community Fund supports activities in our local communities that generate positive improvements in local people’s lives.

Eligible groups/projects could receive a grant of up to £7,500. Cory will be distributing funding across multiple groups/projects during 2020 and 2021. Applications for the first funding round closed on 15th November 2020.

Further details to follow soon.

Bexley Eco Festival

In partnership with Bexley Council and other local companies, in 2019 we supported the first Eco Family Festival at the historic Lesnes Abbey. The sold-out event in attracted 400 visitors and almost 30 stall holders, exhibitors and performers.

This year, the festival is being taken virtual! The theme for the 2020 Virtual Bexley Eco Festival is Sustainability & Wellbeing. The festival will feature live entertainment, talks, webinars and demonstrations about what’s going on in the Bexley community; as well as family fun activities, eco-positive how to’s, advice on health and well-being and lots more. You can find out more about it and register your interest here.


Supporting apprenticeships and employment on the Thames

Cory is a member of the Thames Skills Academy (TSA). In 2019 the TSA achieved some significant successes, including:

  • the first TSA cohort of ten deck apprentices completed their course, with five succeeding in passing their Boat Masters Licence (BML). All are in full-time employment
  • the successful submission of the Trailblazer Level 3 BML Apprenticeship to the Institute for Apprenticeships
  • the Launch of the BML Apprenticeship in November 2019, with 15 apprentices started
  • being awarded a grant from the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights for SMEs to part fund the salaries of the TSA’s apprentices
  • the launch of the first Maritime Engineering Apprenticeship on the Thames at South Essex College
  • the launch of the first Women’s Network for the Tidal Thames
  • taking part in Women in Maritime to promote women in the sector

Raising Awareness and Supporting Education

Working with the London Borough of Bexley, we support an ‘educational passport scheme’ to support local college students in their education through work experience and promote knowledge of the circular economy. We also support a cohort from a South London College to develop leadership, teamwork and work-ready skills.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we have been unable to welcome visitors to our sites but we look forward to doing so again when circumstances allow.