Socio-economic Impact

We play an important role in society. We make a difference by helping people to operate in a safe and secure environment where they can thrive and prosper.

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Defining our socio-economic impact

Through its services and organisation, G4S delivers a broad range of significant and far reaching social, economic and environmental benefits to the communities in which we work, many of which are helping to realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We create employment opportunities, and invest in and develop our employees. We directly benefit them and our suppliers through the salaries, benefits and payments we make for goods and services. 

In our Care and Justice operations, we develop innovative programmes to rehabilitate offenders and provide them with the encouragement and skills needed to help them rebuild their lives once released.

Our colleagues work with governments and nongovernmental organisations in high risk environments, such as former conflict areas, to support humanitarian, stabilisation and economic reconstruction efforts.

Our focus on safety has helped to reduce the risk of injury and fatality among our employees and those in our care.

We encourage industry standards to be raised. By embedding our policies and practices into less developed regions, as well as by supporting new approaches such as the Ethical Employment Partnership or the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers, we have helped to improve industry standards around the world.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call upon business to advance sustainable development through the investments they make, the solutions they develop, and the practices they adopt.

In our CSR report we have mapped our key sustainability programmes against the SDGs in order to provide a clearer insight into the impacts we have in this regard and to highlight the SDGs which G4S is helping to advance through our programmes and operations.

UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Socio-economic impacts

Working with an expert panel, we have identified 15 social, economic and environmental areas within the SDGs where G4S makes its most significant impact.

These are the specific areas through which G4S makes a positive difference to society and communities around the world.

G4S Socio-economic impact chart

Prevention of crime

G4S delivers a wide range of specialist security services that mitigate the risk or impact of criminal behaviour and help to create safer communities. A key focus of our Care and Justice operations is to confront and address offender behaviour and work towards their rehabilitation.

Health and wellbeing

The nature of G4S’ work and the environment in which we operate may become hazardous. Mitigating this risk so that our people and those in their care can return home safe every day is a strategic priority for the Group. G4S is investing in safety awareness, training and intervention as part of an ongoing programme to enhance the safety culture of the company and achieve its goal of zero harm.

Job creation

G4S provides direct employment to 585,000 people around the world. Through its supply chain and employee expenditure, G4S indirectly supports the creation of hundreds of thousands of further jobs worldwide. In helping to create safer environments in which businesses may prosper, G4S can also contribute to the attractiveness of investment by businesses into new communities and the creation of further employment opportunities.

Materiality review

We direct our sustainability activities through the three priority areas identified in our materiality review. Our focus on these areas enables us to maximise the positive elements of our wider socio-economic impact and helps to protect against negative impacts. Together, our materiality review, social impact mapping and priority areas present a complete picture of how we identify, understand and manage the impacts which we have. Read about our material issues here

UK economic impact

The economic impact of G4S within the United Kingdom (2014-15) by Warwick Economics & Development.

2013 analysis and 2012 analysis by Warwick Economics & Development are still available to read.

gross value added impacts of G4S uk operations

UK impact map