We’re here to improve society; person by person

Our Purpose

The world is changing fast – and society is feeling the effects. Though we’re more and more connected, the bonds that could unite us are weakened by inequality. While those at the top hold wealth and power, the many that remain are excluded, marginalised or even exploited.

At Cordant, we want to see a stronger society. A society united by shared opportunities – where everyone can maximise their own potential, find fulfilment, and live meaningful and sustainable lives.

So we’re using our business to flip power on its head. We’re creating an organisation that prioritises the needs of each person over the profits of its shareholders. Which means we’ve moved away from a for-profit model, to become the UK’s largest social business.

We’ve already capped our shareholder dividend and executive pay. Next, we’re delivering a five year plan designed to improve all worker opportunities, their pay, and the communities we operate in.

At Cordant, we want to see a stronger society. A society united by shared opportunities – where everyone can maximise their own potential, find fulfilment, and live meaningful and sustainable lives.

So we’re using our business to flip power on its head. We’re creating an organisation that prioritises the needs of each person over the profits of its shareholders. Which means we’ve moved away from a for-profit model, to become the UK’s largest social business.

We’ve already capped our shareholder dividend and executive pay. Next, we’re delivering a five year plan designed to improve all worker opportunities, their pay, and the communities we operate in.

Three principles guide our business

Purpose before profit
We’re making a new future work and redefining profit as shared wealth. When we profit, society will too. We’ve capped shareholder dividends and executive pay and have launched a five-year plan to improve worker opportunities, pay, and welfare.

Prosperity for all
Every person should have equal access to wealth, opportunities, resources to thrive, and the chance to enjoy true prosperity. We’re redistributing wealth to provide people with the tools to enjoy good health, feel secure and reach their potential.

Covenant beyond contracts
Contracts ensure an exchange of value that everyone agrees on. But this isn’t enough – we champion social exchanges that benefit the common good, and engage in a social covenant where partnership takes president over transaction.

The story of Cordant

Cordant was founded in 1957 by the Ullmann family. Starting with security services, we became experts in the delivery of flexible resourcing solutions to meet the changing needs of our clients. The business grew, and we began offering other services: multi-sector recruitment, healthcare, cleaning and more recently technical FM solutions.

Sixty years later, and we employ around 125,000 staff each year who work on behalf of over 5,000 client organisations across a broad and diverse

range of specialisms. Although we’ve grown, our strong family foundations mean that we’ve stayed connected to our employees, clients and suppliers, and to the communities we operate in.

In 2017, we took the natural next step: we became a social enterprise. We’re proud to be the biggest business in the UK putting purpose before profit, and to be amongst a group of forward thinking companies who are using business to improve society.