Placing people and community at the heart of what we do

By Mike Bowden, Cory Brothers
With four divisions and an international network of offices and partner agencies, Cory Brothers is an ever adapting and innovative shipping and logistics organisation.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Spring | Summer 2023

Supply Chain: Cory Brothers

Although originally founded over 181 years ago in Wales, today we are a division of the VertomCory Group, and have a geographic reach that extends to all continents and provides extended shipping services for the maritime world.

We are committed to global development and sustainability, and endeavour to provide our people, communities, and partners with the support, security, and wellbeing that drive prosperity. We want to give back in a way that is evidenced and tangible for everyone to see; to not only play a key role in supporting local communities throughout the UK and around the globe, but also to be an employer of choice.

We have structured our approach around four core values: Respect, Fairness, Integrity and Teamwork.

Giving back to the community

Our community work touches all facets around environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

We are talking to industry influencers to progress the issues around gender balance and equality. For instance, we recently welcomed Captain Thomas Lindegaard Madsen of Maersk to our HQ in Ipswich, to discuss all things ‘shipping’. Also, our team at our Basildon office is spearheading a national campaign to raise awareness of seafarers, their importance to UK plc, and the valuable contribution they make to the smooth running of the supply chain.

We are massively keen on a variety of sports, and so we have extended our reach to find numerous good causes and charities we can support. Some of those worthy of mention include Caerphilly Castle Girls, Basildon Essex Royals Juniors and Ipswich Walking football clubs; Paisley Bears U16 and Ipswich Cardinals American Football teams. Plus we are sponsors for Ipswich Basketball, Felixstowe Rugby Club, and Ipswich Cranes and Castaway Ladies Hockey Teams. We also sponsor emerging young stars, like racing car talent, Lydia Wormsley, 21, and 13-year-old, Ewan Stephenson and his Rocket 51 kart racing team.

Charities we support include Home-Start in Suffolk, Future Stars, and Brave Futures.

Giving back to our people

We are a service provider and crucially we recognise that our people are the business.

Everyone is treated with respect and warmth; we feel that prosperity should be available to all. We have one of the best Employee Assistant Programmes in the region, putting the health and wellbeing of our teams, and their families, front and centre of what we do. As well as soft benefits at all our offices like cakes and savouries every Monday, and pizzas once a month, we support lots of events, take tables and invite staff along for a night out on us. We also support individuals with volunteering and their own charitable fundraising.

From a business perspective, it’s important if people want to work with us, they know what we are about and that they want to buy into that. Everything we do underlines our ethos, and ultimately puts us on the right trajectory to be the employer of choice in our sector locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Mike Bowden, Director of Marketing and Partnerships, Cory Brothers

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