Social Value Quality Mark

In 2018, Kier was the first construction company in the UK to achieve the Social Value Quality Mark – a stamp of approval for businesses that are committed to achieving positive social impact through their work.

Awarded by independent social value specialist Social Value Business, the mark recognises those organisations that strive to create social value and impact.

Social impact breakdown:

In 2018, the monetary equivalent of social value for Kier Group was £157m. This chart breaks the figure down into economic impact, social impact and environmental impact.

Social value tracker:

Since 2015, we have consistently improved our social value reporting. This chart shows that journey and our social value forecasts for 2019 and 2020.

£157m Kier social value activity in 2018 totalled £157m, up from £50m in 2017 due to improvements in recording
£2.6m of social value was generated by working with social enterprises
More than 60% of subcontractor spend was with SMEs
" Long after a contract has been delivered, communities remember us for what we leave behind. "
Andrew Davies Chief Executive Kier Group

We focus on creating social impact by:

£151,000 Raised by Kier employees for BHF in the first nine months of our partnership
2,308 Kier employees were trained in CPR during the first nine months of the partnership with the BHF
£1.8m Was donated in support of community projects in 2018
Over 11,000 Hours were given by kier employees in support of community projects

Social value case studies

Over £350m worth of social value created through minor building works

Kier has created the equivalent of over £350m of social value in the last three years as part of a framework offering hundreds of public sector organisations – from healthcare to education – easy access to procurement for smaller projects.

The Scape National Minor Works framework, where Kier is the sole supplier, creates added value by using local supply chains, labour and apprenticeships, and through engagement with local schools and colleges. In the first three years of the contract, over 500 projects were commissioned by 164 public bodies using the framework.

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Over 550 new jobs have been created through this framework
Over £350m of SME social value has been generated through this framework
30,000 School pupils engaged with
99% of spending with local SMEs

A social enterprise helping disabled people find, and stay in, employment

Nordis Signs is a Kier company established to provide meaningful employment for disabled people in Northamptonshire. It currently employs 15 road signs specialists, 14 with a disability. Nordis helps disabled people with more complex issues find and stay in employment.

Thanks to the success of Nordis Signs and other programmes to support the disabled, Kier has become the first company in the UK construction sector to become a Disability Confident Leader, under a scheme conducted by the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) to raise employment levels for people with disabilities.

100% of Nordis Signs employees reported an increase in self-esteem and better emotional health due to their work
33% of employees reported improved confidence and reduced isolation
£2,500 per employee could be saved by local social services, as befrienders and motivational workshops are not needed.

Gas pipeline installation promotes engagement

In 2018, the installation of a new gas pipeline under the River Foyle in Derry, Northern Ireland, had scope to be very disruptive for local people. The Kier team was determined to engage fully with the local community and Environment Agency to understand how to minimise the impact of the work.

The development of positive relationships also enabled the team to better understand how they could bring additional value to the Derry community. They took measures to screen the work from residents using a bespoke hoarding and carefully moved trees, then replanted them towards the end of the project. They also welcomed local schools and engineering students to the site to enable them to see first-hand the technology and expertise being used.

The team’s commitment to the area is ongoing; since work finished, they have raised £1,250 for the local Foyle Hospice through the sale of calendars containing photos of the project.

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Our environmental impact

C02 The Kier target to reduce CO2 emissions by 2020 was achieved in 2017
Waste Kier has reduced the amount of waste by 27% through better management of materials
Energy A target to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2030 has been set

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