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COMMUNITIES

We define our communities in various ways. Firstly, the people affected by the construction work we carry out on behalf of our customers. Secondly, the towns where our divisional offices are located. Thirdly, the rural communities we help through our work with our charity partner Bridges to Prosperity. We place a strong emphasis on supporting all three and encourage our employees’ active involvement in helping us meet our social and corporate responsibilities.

Office communities

Every employee is entitled to one day’s paid leave each year to volunteer in the community for a cause close to their heart. This day can be taken individually or a team of volunteers can get together to work on a community project for the day.

In 2019, more than 50 employer supported volunteering days were taken by our people to help local organisations and community events.

Construction communities

The project teams on our construction sites take responsibility for community engagement to help build acceptance for our presence and understanding of our work. Primarily we aim to have a positive impact on the areas we work in by bringing social value to our projects through contributions such as educational outreach, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities, and support for local initiatives.

Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity helps communities to build footbridges over impassable rivers enabling access to life-changing opportunities including healthcare, education and markets. This vital access provides a platform to relieve the poverty and disadvantage caused by rural isolation.

For the past four years we have partnered with Tony Gee and each year, both companies have selected five volunteers to take part in a bridge build project. The volunteers raise funds to cover the cost of their flights and in-country expenses and we grant our employees 10 days paid leave to complete the build.

Our first two bridge builds in 2016 and 2017 took place in Rwanda. In 2018 and 2019 these projects were based in Uganda, extending the reach of the charity’s essential work.

Our employees’ experiences are enriching our business, promoting personal development and relieving isolation in rural communities.

SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Safety, health and well-being is the first and most fundamental aspect of the six elements in our Right Works code of practice.

To ensure that everyone returns home to their families and friends unharmed by their day at work, we consider it compulsory to provide a safe setting within which people can work. We do this by:

  • Creating the right environment
  • Providing the right information
  • Issuing the right PPE
  • Encouraging the right behaviours
  • Ensuring our people have the right skills and knowledge

This year, we have been awarded the RoSPA President’s Award (14 consecutive Golds) in recognition of our outstanding occupational health and safety performance throughout 2019.

We hold an annual forum with senior management and representatives from across the company, who take the day out to focus on identifying and developing business improvements.

 

 

THE ENVIRONMENT

To achieve sound environmental management and to meet the needs of our customers without compromising the environments we live and work in, we focus our efforts on:

  • Respecting communities
  • Preserving habitats
  • Conserving energy
  • Avoiding surplus
  • Cutting out waste
  • Selecting sustainable materials

Wherever we are able, we will use and encourage our designers to specify sustainable materials. These include timber with Forestry Stewardship Council certification, recycled aggregates, incinerated bottom ash aggregate (where approved), locally sourced materials and any materials produced from a recycled or reused product.

Examples of where we have made changes to improve include:

  • Using Skype for Business to minimise the necessity for people to travel long distances to attend meetings.
  • Fitting low energy lighting in our fixed offices.
  • Putting more employees through the Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme.
  • Introducing a Sustainability Toolkit for our project teams.

Over the past 18 months we have been working to reduce the amount of single use plastic and waste entering our offices and sites. We have set an objective to target disposable plastic, cut it’s unnecessary use, and achieve positive, long-term behaviour change within our business.

Read more about what we have achieved here.

We are currently developing a new holistic approach to sustainability that integrates reducing carbon, minimising waste, and making positive contributions to biodiversity.

Accreditations & Awards