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The Supply Chain Sustainability School will launch the People Matter Charter, evidencing global responsibilities.

Organisations across the construction industry are increasingly facing more people challenges, relating to both their own workforce and their supply chain. Whether this means tackling poor diversity practices and skills shortages, or combatting exploitation and modern slavery, the reality is that all these issues are linked.

In response, the People Matter Charter has been created by the Supply Chain Sustainability School and its delivery partner Action Sustainability to help organisations up and down the supply chain bring these challenges together into one workforce strategy. The Charter has eight commitments that can apply to any organisation, of any size – and 24 have already signed up, ahead of the official launch on 21st January 2020.

The Charter launch is both vital and timely. In a sector that employs around 2.4 million people in the UK alone, plus seeks to recruit 157,000 new entrants by 2021, there is growing recognition that pressure is increasing on its most valuable resource, namely people, says Tony Hyland, Senior National Account Manager, DWP Caxton House:

“The Department of Work and Pensions fully supports the work of Action Sustainability and the aspirations of the People Matter Charter. Only by demonstrating the highest ethical standards of employment can we expect to recruit, train and retain the workforce the construction sector needs for the future.”

The Charter has been two years in the making. In 2018, the School brought Partners together to identify what an organisation should have in place to treat people responsibly. The result is the People Matter Charter: eight commitments that signatories and their supply chain should be able to evidence.

The aim of the Charter is to address people issues, regardless of where they exist globally. From infrastructure and buildings, to homes and facilities management, these commitments apply equally to clients, principal contractors, labour agencies, subcontractors and suppliers – in effect, anywhere people are employed and managed.

For Neil Mant, Supply Chain and Procurement Director, VINCI Construction, the Charter not only provides a strategic focus at company level, but also signals a sector-wide shift that is urgently needed across construction:

The People Matter Charter is an excellent way to formalise our commitment to how we engage with people at all levels. It gives us a framework that we can adopt and filter through our supply chain, demonstrating our intent as well as setting out some formal requirements. This is a movement that will commit businesses to behave responsibly and value all people that work in our industry.”

The Charter is divided into Requirements and Intents. Requirements are applicable to all and should be able to be demonstrated from day one upon signing the Charter. Intents apply throughout the supply chain to varying degrees and should show continuous improvement with a view towards best practice.

Together the eight commitments cover the following areas: Equality, diversity and inclusion, Skills and training; Workforce culture; Living Wage; Due diligence; Labour legal requirements; Labour exploitation; and Payments.

Collaboration is vital in helping protect workers’ rights, says GLAA Head of Business Change Samantha Ireland:

“The People Matter Charter is an excellent way of highlighting some of the most common issues in preventing forced or compulsory labour. Helping businesses understand how to identify labour exploitation within their supply chains and comply with legislation around the National Minimum Wage and holiday pay is crucial in ensuring exploitative practices are not repeated across the industry. The Charter will raise standards and formalise much of the good work that exists within construction. We are supportive of collaborative approaches such as this which protect workers.”

Workplace experts Acas also contributed to development of the Charter, which delivers important potential benefits for employers, as well as employees, as Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews explains:

“Effective people management is the key to strong productive workplaces. The new People Matter Charter will give employers confidence, skills, and the reputation to attract and keep the best talent in British construction. The Charter will help organisations in construction to continue to grow and meet ambitions on the world stage.”

The Charter offers the opportunity to enhance businesses, strengthen relationships and benefit the industry as a whole, adds Eibhlin Flynn, Head of Client Relations & Business Development, Danny Sullivan Group Ltd:

“Attracting and retaining the most capable people is a key area of focus for us. Creating a diverse and welcoming workplace, with a supportive and fair culture will help encourage innovative and fresh ways of thinking. Achieving this vision will require partnerships and action across the entire sector. The People Matter Charter can help our industry deliver a real-step change and embed better people practices across our organisations.”

To support organisations in implementing the Charter, the School offers a Roadmap, plus a range of dedicated learning resources, all free. Ultimately, people are what matter for the future of the industry, concludes Helen Carter, Lead Consultant at Action Sustainability and Supply Chain Sustainability School Labour Group Lead:

“Attracting talent, combatting exploitation, increasing diversity and improving skills are essential for the sustainability of our industry. They are also key building blocks for any business looking to grow and thrive. The People Matter Charter has been brought together by industry partners within the Supply Chain Sustainability School to provide businesses up and down the supply chain with a framework and workforce strategy they can implement regardless of size. People are the industry’s greatest asset and the Charter has been written with them in mind.”


On the 21st January, 2020, the School will publicly launch the People Matter Charter at the Crowne Plaza, in Birmingham, with speakers drawn not only from a range of clients, contractors and suppliers, but also influential organisations such as the Living Wage Foundation, Acas and Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

To register for this launch, simply register through the School here.

London Build 2019

Hear us speak & see us at stand L22

27th-28th Nov | London Olympia

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Action Sustainability and the Supply Chain Sustainability School will once again be supporting and sponsoring the Sustainability Summit at London Build 2019 next week (27-28 November, London Olympia). Come visit us at stand L22.

London Build is the leading construction and design show for London. Learn from London’s leading architects, developers, contractors, engineers, suppliers and industry bodies, who are leading the way to a sustainable future for London’s construction industry.

Please come and hear our speakers:

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Graham Edgell, Director of Sustainability and Procurement, Morgan Sindall Group and School Board member will be chairing day 1 of the Sustainability Summit.

Thursday 28th November 2019

Martin Gettings, Head of Sustainability, Canary Wharf Group and School Board member will be chairing day 2 of the Sustainability Summit.

2:40pm: Helen Carter, Lead Consultant, Action Sustainability will be speaking on a panel about modern slavery.

3.10pm: Liz Holford, Lead Consultant, Action Sustainability will be presenting on Fairness, Inclusion and Respect and how it works across the construction industry, how any company can meet its duties under the Equality Act 2010, then go beyond legal compliance to create an inclusive workplace culture, and capture the business benefits that brings.

3.30pm: Martin Gettings will also be doing a double act presentation with James Cadman, Head Consultant at Action Sustainability on climate change, and sharing examples from the industry.

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London Build 2019 Stand L22

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If you have any further questions or need any more info, get in touch with the organisers at [email protected].

UK Construction Week 2019

8th-10th October 2019 | NEC Birmingham

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UK Construction Week 2019 will set it’s sights on driving innovation. This year’s event is supported by the Construction Innovation Hub, which is part of the Government’s industrial strategy to transform construction over the next 3 years.

This year there is a strong lineup of keynote talks and debates, a host of leading experts on the industry’s hottest topics and sector trends and digital and future innovation and offsite technique focused seminars.

Consultants from our delivery Partner, Action Sustainability, will be presenting on useful topics to improve your business.

Wellbeing and the built environment: experiences and best practice

Claire Bradbury, Consultant
Wednesday 9th October, 14:00-15:00
CPD Hub 2, Hall 11

Where’s the carbon in your supply chain?

Dr James Cadman, Lead Consultant
Thursday 10th October, 10:15-11:15
CPD Hub 2, Hall 11

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Slavery, Inclusion and Community Are Top 3 Supply Chain Issues 2019

Supply Chain Sustainability School Survey Shows Areas of Improvement for Built Environment

 

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Modern Slavery, as well as Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR), plus Community Engagement have emerged as standout areas of achievement and improvement for construction and infrastructure over the last year — according to the annual industry-wide survey of built-environment contracting organisations and supply-chain companies, undertaken by the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

The findings of the second Impact Survey reveal that the leadership, learning and support provided by the School is clearly and consistently credited with having a significant positive influence.

In the survey, nearly 9 out of every 10 companies achieving improved understanding of both Modern Slavery (86%) and Fairness, Inclusion & Respect (FIR) (87%) state that the School has helped them achieve these results. In addition, the proportion that attributed their increased levels of Community Engagement to assistance received from the School also rose year-on-year some 15% to 72%, in total.

Impact Survey 2019 Full Report

SCSS – Impact Survey Press Release 2019

The Supply Chain Sustainability School are again supporting the Big Biodiversity Challenge 2019, which is an innovative, but simple, initiative that challenges companies to add just one biodiversity enhancement, either temporary or permanent, on each of their sites, depots or offices.

The best enhancements will be recognised at an awards ceremony held in central London in September.

Details of how to enter can be found here.

The deadline for submissions is June 7th and entry is free. For further information please email [email protected].

Sourced from Scottish Construction Now

A Scottish contractor and manufacturer has taken the next steps to improve the energy performance of the typical home with research and development into heat loss.

CCG (Scotland) Ltd has worked in partnership with energy and sustainability consultancy Carbon Futures to reduce the impact of ‘thermal bridging’ in the modern home.

Thermal bridging describes an area of a building which has a significantly higher heat transfer than the surrounding materials, typically where there is either a break in the insulation or in masonry elements of a build or with openings such as windows and doors.

Carbon Futures ‘thermal modelling’ assessment has considered the use of the firm’s ‘iQ’ timber frame system in the construction of housing and the results indicate that it is possible to reduce heat loss – associated with thermal bridging – by up to 30% when compared against government accredited construction details.

In a typical 2-storey home, this facilitates a 5% reduction in annual carbon emissions and an 8% reduction in energy required for space heating.

The ‘iQ’ system is manufactured in CCG’s bespoke ‘OSM’ facility in Cambuslang and is used to support the delivery of more than 1,000 homes per year, over 80% of which are for the public sector.

David Wyliemanaging director of CCG, said: “At CCG, we pride ourselves on producing homes that are delivered to the highest standards of quality and environmental performance. The research undertaken with Carbon Futures will enable us to enhance our offering in these areas ensuring long-term benefits to our clients and the end user of our homes marking a significant step forward in helping tackle fuel poverty for people across Scotland.”

David Russelldirector of Carbon Futures, said: “A lot has been said about the performance gap in new-build housing, therefore CCG should be commended for having the foresight to invest in the thermal performance of their timber frame product.  As accredited thermal modellers, Carbon Futures were able to facilitate improved thermal performance in a cost-effective and practical way by using our technical experience and commercial awareness.

Moving forward, the thermal improvement in CCG’s ‘iQ’ system puts them in a strong position to deliver carbon reduction targets in new-build housing whilst maintaining commercial viability.”

An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Carbon Futures as a manufacturer instead of an energy and sustainability consultancy. SCN apologises for any inconvenience caused. 

Supply Chain Sustainability School elects three new members to the Board for 2018

Appointments to any Board tasked with leading an industry-wide organisation are important, but when the successful candidates are answerable to literally tens of thousands of companies and individuals from across the built environment, the election is of national, market significance.

With almost 3,000 Member Companies, 5,000 Individual Members and over 30,000 Registered Users, the Supply Chain Sustainability School continues to grow and develop at speed and scale. Leadership is provided by a School Board comprising nine elected representatives of the Partners. The announcement of new Board Members therefore marks the conclusion of the key vote for 2018.

To read the full Press Release and to find out who the three new Members of the board are, please click here.