Delivering Sustainable Growth

Sustainability is central to our strategy

Approach

We recognise that being sustainable makes us more efficient, helps us to win work, engages our employees and benefits communities and the environment. This is why our sustainability commitments are integral to our strategy. Importantly, they are at the core of delivering stakeholder value.

Our commitment to sustainability

As a responsible business, we manage our impacts in relation to six fundamental areas: our people, health and safety, environment and climate change, communities, clients, and supply chain. As part of our strategy update, we have reviewed the sustainability priorities of our principal stakeholder groups and renewed our key commitments across these six pillars.

Sustainability pillar

Objective

KPI

FY20

FY21

Ambition

Health and safety

Prioritising health, safety and wellbeing and ensuring no harm to anyone linked with our operations.

Accident Frequency Rate

 

0.07

0.08

No harm.

Lost Time Incident Rate

0.26

0.26

No harm.

Our people

Creating an inclusive environment and progressive culture that enables all individuals to reach their potential.

Early careers as a % of total employees

8.0%

7.2%

Year-on-year increase.

Women as a % of total employees

22%

23%

Year-on-year increase.

Employee advocacy

*Note 1

*Note 1

Year-on-year increase.

Environment and climate change

Adopting sustainable resourcing and consumption practices and taking measures to mitigate carbon production and climate change to protect our environment and biodiversity.

Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions (CO2e tonnes)

14,127

8,881

Net zero by 2030.

Scope 3 carbon emissions (CO2e tonnes)

*Note 2

*Note 2

Net zero by 2045.

Waste intensity (tn/£100k revenue)

13.04

7.6

Year-on-year reduction.

Communities

Making a positive impact in communities where we operate by delivering greater social value and improving lives.

Social value as a % of turnover

*Note 3

*Note 3

Year-on-year increase.

Considerate Constructors Scheme performance

41.1 (industry ave. 37.1)

40.6 (industry ave. 38.0)

>38 and above industry average.

Clients

Delivering lower carbon, superior buildings and infrastructure with a better social footprint for clients in our chosen markets through a focus on innovation, digitalisation and quality.

% of repeat business in our order book

91%

92%

>80%

% of full year planned revenue secured at the start of the financial year

90%

90%

>85%

Supply chain

Aligning our supply chain with our culture and creating collaborative relationships that deliver best practice, innovation and sustainable outcomes for clients, communities and the environment.

% of business unit core trades spend with Aligned subcontractors

58%

59%

70%–80%

Prompt payment – % of invoices paid within 60 days

88%

93%

>95%

Notes

1   Employee advocacy will be measured through regular employee surveys.

2   Historically, we have only reported on one element of our Scope 3 emissions, business use of private vehicles. As part of our commitment to net zero by 2045 and setting a science based interim carbon reduction target, we are currently in the process of performing a Scope 3 screening review to identify the most material Scope 3 emissions categories. We will then develop reporting methodologies for the most material Scope 3 categories and intend to start reporting our Scope 3 emissions from 2023.

3   Our Social Value Calculator was updated and relaunched during the second half of FY21. It captures social value outcomes across six key measures which are then multiplied by the proxy values in the national TOMS framework to give an estimate of total social value delivered. We do not have a full year of data to report in FY21 but intend to start reporting this KPI in FY22. 

Management

The Executive Board has overall responsibility for setting policy and monitoring our sustainability performance as a standing agenda item. Main Board oversight of sustainability performance is also maintained through the Stakeholder Steering Group.

Health & safety

We prioritise health, safety and wellbeing and ensuring no harm to anyone linked with our operations

Environment & climate change

We play our part to protect the environment and plan for its improvement through our operations

Our people

We create an inclusive environment and progressive culture that enables all individuals to reach their potential

Our clients

We deliver lower carbon, superior buildings and infrastructure with a better social footprint for clients in our chosen markets through a focus on innovation, digitalisation and quality

Supply chain

We align our supply chain with our culture and create collaborative relationships that deliver best practice, innovation and sustainable outcomes for clients, communities and the environment

Communities

We make a positive impact in communities where we operate by delivering greater social value and improving lives

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