A positive legacy

Thriving communities help to boost economic prosperity and contribute positively to society. We are at the heart of many local communities where we live and work, and we are committed to improving quality of life and providing much-needed employment and training through our construction, infrastructure and services contracts.

Our aim is to have a community needs plan for all our major contracts. These plans provide a systematic approach to understanding local community priorities and meeting their needs. So far, 96% of all our projects in the UK, Middle East and Canada have a community needs plan in place.

Building on from our Community Needs Plans, we work with all sectors of the community and we are helping commissioners respond to the UK Government’s Public Services (Social Value) Act, which requires them to take into account wider social, environmental and economic benefits when procuring public services. Through our Sustainable Communities Strategy, we aim to leave a long-lasting, positive legacy in the communities where we work.

Overall, we understand that the success of our business relies on the success of our supply chain, our clients, our people and the communities where we operate.

Making our mark

In Egypt, Al Futtaim Carillion supplied materials and power tools to build a classroom extension for the African Hope Learning Centre, which offers school placements for African refugees. In Dubai, we set up shelter scaffolding at a school fete for 4,000 visitors to Jebel Ali Primary School.

In Canada, the William Osler Health Centre team in Ontario has developed student placement opportunities with different organisations. Led by Patient Food Services Director Alan Acanne, the programme has supported 26 students with a 13-week volunteer placement programme since 2012, nine of which went on to employment.

In the UK, we support Business in the Community’s (BITC) Business Class, developing three-year partnerships with schools to give careers advice, show positive role models and offer volunteering and mentoring activities.

At Inverclyde in Scotland, we salvaged £19,000 worth of bricks, fencing and an electric bed for Reach for Autism and other charities following the strip and demolition of old buildings.

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Winning contracts by thinking long term

We began our contract with the Royal Liverpool Hospital in February 2014. This hospital project is a clear example of creating lasting social value with and for a client (NHS) with a clear sustainability vision: to improve lives and contribute to the local economy through local suppliers and contractors.

Carillion was selected as a preferred project partner, not only because of its operational credentials, but also because of its commitment to creating a social and economic legacy for the community.

We are employing 60% of the workforce locally through our supply chain, with 15% of the workers coming from priority wards. A further 100 apprentice places will also be provided, and we opened a Job Shop on site to help promote local employment opportunities. As part of our commitment to source 60% of our construction spend locally, we have hosted ‘meet the buyer’ events and a Liverpool Supply Chain Sustainability School Day, which received a 95% excellent feedback rating.

The project also provides a local three-year Regeneration Fund of £100,000, which has allocated more than £31,000 to 20 local community groups in the first year of construction.

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Delivering beyond the contract

We won two BITC Awards in 2014 for our work to improve young people’s employment prospects in Wales.

Our A465 team won the Wales Education Award for our Schools Engagement Programme in the Heads of the Valleys. The project offered 32 weeks of work experience for local students, while enhancing educational attainment through delivery of over 60 curriculum support activities. The business benefits were:

  • 31% of Carillion‘s Welsh workforce were engaged and actively involved in supporting young people;
  • 70 weeks of employee development opportunities through work experience placements and mentoring; and
  • recognition for Carillion by winning the South East Wales CITB Construction Ambassador Employer of the Year.

We were also highly commended for tackling youth unemployment in Blaenau, Gwent – going beyond contractual commitments and delivering employment, training and work experience for young people.

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Business Connectors

We seconded three people to Business in the Community’s flagship Connector programme. Business Connectors are trained by BITC to build partnerships that tackle community issues in deprived neighbourhoods.

Charlie Topaz is a Carillion Performance Manager and is our Business Connector in Wythenshawe. Seconded to the area for 15 months, she has been building relationships to tackle local issues including business engagement, employment, education and social cohesion.

I’ve already built a database with Manchester City Council to identify the challenges faced by companies in the area, identified best practice between collaborating schools and businesses, linked employment hubs and developed a network of community groups so they can pool resources and grow together.”

Charlie Topaz, Carillion Performance Manager

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One of Charlie’s key projects in 2014 was a ‘Case for Investment’ event in Wythenshawe, which connected business and community leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges for skills and employment. The event was over-subscribed, full of energy and saw speakers from Manchester City Council, Business in the Community, Carillion and Manchester Airport make the case for business and community integration and more about BITC Business Connectors

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Community wood projects

Our £11 million rail contract in Brighton diverted 99.7% of waste away from landfill, with an exemplary approach to the wood used and additional community benefits.

As much as 80% of all shuttering was re-used from the Thameslink Project at Selhurst and all wood was responsibly sourced. Used wood was sent to the Community Wood Recycling Project, a local not-for-profit enterprise providing employment and training to long-term unemployed and socially disadvantaged people.

We have also saved 20 tonnes of wood from landfill at King‘s Cross, again through Community Wood. The King’s Cross project has created seven Business Action on Homelessness placements, with three people now working full time.

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One of our key responsibilities is to invest directly in the communities where we work and live – not just to ensure that they get a fair share of the economic benefits, but also to bring about lasting social change where it is most needed.”

Simon Buttery, Managing Director of Carillion Canada

Simon Buttery

Considerate Constructors Scheme

As a responsible operator of construction sites, we are proud to be an Associate Member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), and are aligned to the principles of its Code. This sets out requirements such as minimising noise and dust, and ensuring that working hours reduce inconvenience to the local community.

During 2014, there were 127 CCS audits across the 78 projects registered with the scheme. We achieved a high score, with a Carillion average score of 39.9 against an average score of 34.2.

The largest apprentice trainer and employer in our sector

96% of our contracts have community needs plans in place

1% of our pre-tax profits were contributed to community activities in cash or through employee time

Carillion plc, Company No. 3782379. Registered Office: Carillion House, 84 Salop Street, Wolverhampton WV3 0SR. Place of Registration: England and Wales

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