We take our role in society seriously, working to improve the UK’s built environment and delivering lasting change for the communities we work in.
Delivering a legacy of positive social value outcomes in the communities in which we operate is a key part of our strategy. This is the right thing to do as a responsible business and is also an increasingly important priority for our clients.
Management and compliance
Our Sustainability Policy sets out our commitment to assessing sustainability risks and opportunities, and taking appropriate steps to mitigate negative impacts and enhance positive impacts. Our Code of Conduct also explains our approach to being a good neighbour and the requirement to treat all our stakeholders with respect, courtesy and consideration.
We have a range of mechanisms for identifying and managing community impacts. Our project teams undertake a needs analysis with our clients to identify the key priorities in relation to employment, training, SMEs and wellbeing in the local area. This analysis is used to develop bespoke Social Value Plans and Employment and Skills Plans. The outcomes delivered are reported using a Social Value Calculator. Our approach to community engagement is also reviewed by our Stakeholder Steering Committee.
We also take part in the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), which assesses sites on criteria including being considerate of local neighbourhoods and the public.
Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS)
As a dedicated Partner of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, we strive to continuously improve the image of the industry, focusing on the key areas of safety, community, environment, workforce and appearance.
Informing communities about our industry
Through events such as Build UK’s Open Doors, recruitment fairs, school visits and site tours, we showcase our industry and invite them to learn more about our industry, business, projects and careers on offer. We work to inspire people into our industry, overcome stereotypes associated with construction and demonstrate the benefits our work has to the economy and local people.
All our employees are entitled to take two days of paid leave each year.
We support a number of charitable organisations at a Group level, including CRASH, the homelessness charity, with whom we have partnered for more than 20 years.
The Group achieved an average CCS score of 40.6 (2019/20: 41.1), which continues to exceed the industry average of 38.0 (2019/20: 37.1). We donated £246,000 in time, materials and money to charitable causes (2019/20: £195,000). We also contribute to communities by spending a significant portion of our revenue with subcontractors, most of which are local small and medium-sized enterprises.
In 2021, we updated and relaunched our Social Value Calculator which captures data at a project level and allows us to aggregate and report our impact at a framework, business unit and company-wide level. The calculator measures our impact across six key measures of social value: local employment, training, apprenticeships, work placements, local spend and volunteering.