Social Value Quality Mark CIC has awarded Bronze to PDMS – a software engineering and digital transformation company celebrating 30 years in business. PDMS becomes the first company on the Isle of Man, and one of a select but growing number in Scotland, to receive the Mark.

The achievement marks PDMS’ commitment to tackling the gap in digital skills and supporting young people into the industry.

To achieve the Bronze Quality Mark, PDMS made a series of pledges to create, measure and independently report their social value. The pledges focus on areas where both the company and its team can make the most impact, including:

  • Supporting skills development and promoting awareness and understanding of career opportunities in the technology sector, to help address the skills gap.
  • Putting a spotlight on mentoring and providing opportunities for young people to gain valuable work experience.
  • Supporting key charity partners whose work positively impacts on young people in our local communities. This includes Junior Achievement on the Isle of Man and Digital Critical Friends and MCR Pathways in Scotland.
  • Achieving Net Zero – PDMS has pledged not only to take action to measure, reduce and offset its carbon footprint, but to also champion environmental protection within all spheres of influence, including biodiversity.

‘The Social Value Quality Mark takes our commitment to communities further.’

Chris Gledhill, CEO of PDMS commented: “PDMS celebrates 30 years in business this year and throughout our long history, we’ve always believed that ‘every business is a social enterprise’ – and should have a positive influence on local communities and actively pursue environmental sustainability. The Social Value Quality Mark takes our commitment further, with a focus on measuring and reporting these positive outcomes and impacts and ensuring that they stand up to scrutiny.”

‘The process has helped us understand where we can make the most impact.’

Joanne Pontee, Chief Marketing Officer and Director with responsibility for Social Value added: “As part of the SQVM process, we’ve consulted with our different stakeholders to really understand how we as an organisation and individuals can make the most impact – particularly when it comes to the digital skills gap. None of this would be possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of our team who use their diverse skills and valuable time to help local charities and organisations.”