Corporate and social responsibilty policy
Our core values support our commitment to corporate and social responsibility.
We recognise the impact that some of our activities may have on the environment and communities in which we operate. Our integrated management system ensures that occupational health, safety and the environment are considered, and requirements met, at every stage of each project and other business operations.
“Corporate Social Responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large"- A definition from "Making Good Business Sense" by Lord Holme and Richard Watts
We are committed to:
Minimising any adverse affect on the environment arising from our activities
Ensuring that we are fully compliant and completely accountable in relation to human rights and labour standards for all our employees
Effectively managing all occupational health and safety issues associated with our work activities
Promoting an equal opportunities culture within our company
Maintaining a standard of excellence in terms of customer care that assists our customers to meet their own objectives and responsibilities
Ethical business behaviour
Making a positive contribution to our community
Ensuring a steady, careful and planned growth in business, to secure, as far as possible, employment associated with it
Selecting and working positively with our supply chain to implement our commitment to the above through our supply chain
Environmental Management System
We identify all significant environmental aspects and impacts of our business activities and have formal procedures to reduce known or potential negative environmental impacts. Our Environmental Policy and Sustainability Plan details our commitment to this. Compliance with all relevant environmental legislation is built into our company management controls. We have agreed environmental objectives and targets against which we measure our performance as part of our drive for continuous improvement.
Human Rights and Labour Standards
Our aim is to be a “Good Employer”, seen by our workforce in our highly competitive industry as being an employer of choice. We ensure compliance with all relevant UK employment legislation and confirm the scope of our commitment to this via our Labour Standards Policy which is signed by the Managing Director and displayed in the company's offices. We promote an ”open door” approach by which all employees are encouraged to discuss issues with their managers.
We recognise that we need to ensure that we offer equal opportunity of employment and promotion to all in order to be able to recruit and retain the best and most effective workforce. We have an Equality Policy and work in accordance with written company guidelines to ensure that all employees and potential employees are treated equally and that we, as a company, can demonstrate this.
Quality of Service
With an extensive track record in construction, we recognise and understand the significance of the reliability and quality of our services. We are committed to ensuring that we provide a consistent, high quality of service to our customers, meeting their requirements and expectations. We ensure the effective training of our managers, supervisors and workforce and the development of management procedures to protect the consistency and quality of service provided. We are committed to building and maintaining long term relationships with our customers and building our business, and ensuring its growth, on that basis.
Ethical Business Behaviour
Our Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy supported by our Bribery and Corruption risk assessment demonstrate our understanding of, and commitment to, full compliance with the Bribery Act. Our formal management systems ensure a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities and company procedures, allowing monitoring and auditing of all aspects of performance. Our Labour Standards and Equality Policies confirm our commitment to full compliance with employment and discrimination legislation.
Purchasing is carried out in accordance with company quality management procedures. In additional to cost, quality and programme aspects, consideration is given positively to local spending, environmental credentials, sustainability, whole life costing. Sub contractors are formally assessed in accordance with our accredited quality management system, prior to initial appointment and on a regular ongoing basis to ensure their ability and commitment to work in accordance with our policies. All sub contractors on our approved list are issued with controlled copies of our company policies. Key suppliers, in terms of quantities or significance of supplied materials are also subject to a formal documented assessment prior to appointment. Our overall approved suppliers list is also subject to regular review. Performance of the supply chain is reviewed at the highest level in the company in the annual management review meeting in accordance with the accredited quality management system.
Our Social Policy is one of our series of company policies that confirms and defines our commitment to complying with all legal requirements and best practice guidelines and to our overall aim of contributing positively to the health, safety and welfare of our employees and making a positive contribution to our community and society in general. All our policies are explained to new employees on induction, issued to all sub-contractors on our approved list and are displayed in our offices. Performance against them is reviewed on a regular basis and, at least annually, the policies themselves are reviewed and reissued.