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COMMUNITIES

We see our communities as the people affected by our construction work and the towns where our permanent offices are located. In addition, there are the rural communities we help through our work with our charity partner Bridges to Prosperity. We place a strong emphasis on support for all three and encourage our employees’ active involvement.

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 2018, 44 employer supported volunteering days were taken by our people.

We also provide support for selected local organisations and community events through modest service, product or financial donations.

Construction communities

The project teams on our construction sites have a responsibility to engage with communities to build acceptance for our presence and understanding of our work. We also aim to have positive impacts on the areas we work in through educational outreach and support for local initiatives.

Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity teaches communities to build footbridges over impassable rivers enabling access to healthcare, education and markets, helping to relieve rural isolation.

We partner with Tony Gee and each year, both companies select five volunteers for a bridge build project. They raise funds to cover their flights and in-country expenses and we grant them 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 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

In 2019 we received our fourth President’s Award from RoSPA in recognition of our outstanding occupational health and safety performance over the past 13 years.

We hold an annual forum where our senior leaders and representatives from across the business take the day out to focus on improving our business. Our HSQE team make an important contribution to the forum maintaining the profile of health and safety issues.

In 2017 and 2018 we took part in CECA’s Stop. Make a Change industry stand-down and during the forum the findings from this were reviewed and ideas discussed for how to incorporate them into our business.

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 appropriate, we 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.

Other examples of where we have made changes 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.

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