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The National Federation of Builders (NFB) launched a series of roadshow events in Birmingham on February 9 to help SME construction companies nail their corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting.
The introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 means that public authorities have to include social value criteria when awarding construction contracts. While SME regional contractors often lead the field in providing benefits and legacies for their communities through their projects, their ability to report and promote their efforts can be hampered through a lack of resource and expertise; potentially affecting their ability to win work and use their skills to benefit communities.
Through funding and support from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), NFB Business & Skills has developed a programme to help SMEs develop and demonstrate CSR strategies so that they are able to compete with larger organisations, and deliver the buildings that communities so desperately need. Events will take place across England and Wales to launch the NFB’s IMPACT: CSR in construction project.
At the first event in Birmingham, representatives from CITB, the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF), and the British Standards Institute (BSI), were on hand to offer advice, guidance, and support focused around how building can benefit local communities and how builders can showcase the positive contributions that they make.
Delegates heard keynote addresses from regionally relevant political, public sector, and construction speakers which included Tessa Jowell, Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics; Steve Dallaway, development manager at Birmingham City Council and Simon Dingle who is the operations director at Carillion plc.
Karen Dawes, head of business and skills at the NFB said, “The construction industry recognises the importance of CSR but there remains some confusion within the SME sector about what CSR entails and how to measure and report on it. Our roadshow events feature a mix of influential industry speakers sharing their expertise and CSR related training workshops designed to provide practical solutions that SME businesses can implement to improve their CSR capabilities.”
To find out more about the IMPACT: CSR in construction project, or book your place on roadshow events in Manchester, Leeds, London or Wales, visit www.csr.construction.