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.
" Long after a contract has been delivered, communities remember us for what we leave behind. "Chief Executive Kier Group
We focus on creating social impact by:
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.
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.
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.