Maintaining high standards in how we operate our company is critical to the sustainability of our business.
We recognize that operating our company in a responsible and ethical manner, positively impacts our relationships with our stakeholders. By identifying and understanding the key components of our operations, we can ensure we make responsible decisions that will ensure the sustainability and future success of our business.
We have implemented the Business in the Community CORE Standard across our company as we recognize the value corporate responsibility adds to our business. We achieved the Gold CORE Standard in 2018/19. CORE is a framework for identifying and measuring corporate responsibility activity and performance which enables us to develop and improve our CR activity with our employees, supply chain, clients, communities in which we operate and all other stakeholders. CORE is third party verified by Business in the Community to ensure we continue to meet the requirements of the standard.
We are committed to designing and constructing sustainable buildings that will continue to perform and add value for our clients. Our Design Team and BREEAM Assessors engage with stakeholders to ensure we deliver a building that meets all expectations. The number of quality BREEAM projects we deliver clearly demonstrates our ability to design and build sustainable buildings.
We recognize the socio-economic impact our procurement choices can have on communities both at a local and a global level. In accordance with our Sustainable Procurement Policy, our procurement teams continually investigate the market to identify alternative, responsible and sustainable products and materials.
Our project teams operate sustainable construction practices to ensure we protect, and when possible enhance the natural environment while maximizing the positive impact we can have in the communities in which we operate.
We work collaboratively with our supply chain partners to develop innovative and cost effective solutions that add value to our clients. We aim to work with like-minded companies and have produced the Gilbert-Ash Supply Chain Charter setting out what we expect from our supply chain, and in turn what they can expect from working with us. We are working hard to build our network of local supply chain partners across the UK to maximize the economic impact we can have in the communities we operate.
To learn more about our performance download our Ethical Business factsheet.
85 Percent of new subcontractors based in GB
21 Percent of workforce female
256 New subcontractors added to our approved suppliers list