Societal Impact

We touch the lives of millions of people every day, providing employment to hundreds of thousands around the world, and delivering crucial services to help keep society safe and secure.


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call upon businesses to advance sustainable development through the investments they make, solutions they develop and the practices they adopt. We have identified a range of social and economic impacts where G4S supports the realisation of the Goals and makes a positive difference to society and communities around the world. Within these, we have a specific focus on Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) which closely align with our strategy, CSR priority areas and our operational expertise. Our priority areas are Health and Safety, Human Rights and Anti-bribery and Corruption, underpinned by People, Culture and Values.

In our integrated report (PDF 9224.5 KB), we have mapped case studies against the SDGs to highlight where G4S is helping to advance the SDGs through our programmes and operations. Read more on how G4S supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals here. 

UK Economic IMpact

The breadth and scale of G4S’ operations in the UK mean it has the potential to make a significant impact through the economic value and jobs it generates, whether directly through its own operations or indirectly through its value chain.

 G4S UK: Socio-economic impact assessment (2018-19) by Corporate Citizenship. The economic impact of G4S within the United Kingdom (2014-15) (PDF 820.6 KB)2013 analysis (PDF 784.3 KB) and 2012 analysis by Warwick Economics & Development.

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

speak out

One of our core values, Integrity, highlights the importance of always doing the right thing, and our Speak Out Global Hotline, encourages our people to do just that – to blow the whistle and report concerns about serious wrongdoing, such as breaches of laws, regulations or company policy.

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