The Challenge:

We wanted to engage with our supply chain, to encourage greater collaboration. In the summer of 2018 we asked our entire supply chain to complete an in-depth questionnaire covering all aspects of sustainability, and over 140 of them responded.

We analysed their responses to highlight the areas we felt needed to be addressed. Sustainable Procurement was found to be the primary area to work on, but there is also a need for improvement around stakeholder engagement and the governance (policy and strategy) of sustainability.

The Solution:

Working with the Supply Chain Sustainability School, we organised a workshop in Birmingham, that would focus in around these core highlighted topics.

The survey respondents were offered the first chance to register for this, before it was then opened to all School members. Speakers were selected to discuss the focus topics, and the day was laid out so that at the end, attendees had a complete picture of what a sustainable procurement framework for strategy and policy looked like.

GLAA Head of Business Change Sam Ireland said: “Raising awareness of modern slavery and labour abuse in supply chains only works if you have businesses who are engaged and willing to take practical steps to stop the exploitation of vulnerable workers.

“Kier has demonstrated its commitment to achieve this through actively participating in the Construction Protocol and events such as this which reinforce the message that labour exploitation in all forms will not be tolerated.”

The Impact:

On the day, 120 people attended, and the overall feedback was positive. Discussions during the breakout sessions was lively and generated good content.

The speaker session on Modern Slavery in the supply chain produced the most interest, with many organisations pledging to sign up to the GLAA (Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority) ‘Construction Protocol’ to commit to monitoring and reporting signs of modern slavery in our workplaces.

The event has underlined Kier Highways’ commitment to further collaboration with our supply chain, and to work on ways to better share best practice and knowledge.

Sam Ireland (pictured)

" In terms of the event last week, it was hugely positive for us in terms of supply chain involvement and engagement. It was encouraging to see the level of interest generated by the event with our existing supply chain and opened a new network of contacts within the region. "
Paul Humphrey project director Engineering & Rail, NG Bailey
" I was delighted to attend the Event recently and found it to be a very valuable day spent in the company of like-minded people. There were quite a few contractors who I hadn’t previously met so I have now done so and hope to further their interest in our company. I look forward to attending any future events of a similar nature. I must commend you and your colleagues on the well-organised event and was very pleased to be so warmly accepted by all. "
Alfie Cashmore business development Falcon Tower Crane Services Ltd

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