At the core of our purpose
At Kier, our purpose is to sustainably deliver infrastructure which is vital to the UK. For nearly 100 years we have been delivering for communities across the UK, and now, more than ever, it’s important that we do this sustainably.
Our sustainability framework, ‘Building for a Sustainable World’, looks beyond the ‘green’ trend and instead focuses on building on the good work that Kier has previously undertaken in environmental protection and the creation of social value in the communities we work in.
For Kier, Sustainability is a mindset that seeks to create a resilient, purpose driven business by safeguarding three vital features no business can operate successfully without:
○ A resilient environment
○ A resilient community (workforce, supplier & customer base)
○ A resilient balance sheet
To embed this mindset across our business, our sustainability framework focusses on two key components; environmental sustainability and social sustainability.
An overview of our Sustainability framework
Our environmental sustainability activities focuses on the pressing environmental requirements that we are facing and reducing the impact Kier has on the environment.
Social sustainability ensures that we have a healthy and productive workforce, a robust supplier base and strong customer portfolio.
All of our environmental and social ambitions are shown in tour Building for a Sustainable World Framework image to your left.
" Being sustainable is more important than it's ever been, and to have a sustainable business is to have a resilient business. Kier is committed to preventing environmental and social harm, as well as replenishing our natural systems & renewable resources and having a positive impact on the communities and environments in which we operate. "Chief Executive Kier Group
Delivering our work sustainably
A ‘Forever Home’ for a nomadic Primary School which originally operated from dilapidated portacabins and then moved to occupy converted offices with no playground. The new Academy is a spacious home to 67 pupils but allows for 420-student capacity as the new housing developments in the area become occupied.
Christ the Word is a much-needed through school for pupils from 3-16-years-old and we were appointed to deliver the new BREEAM Excellent project, as well as demolish the existing schools, all whilst working in a live environment.
Kier was employed to carry out in-river works to restore the natural channel over a 75m stretch of the River Camel. This included removal of an old weir and artificial bank reinforcement which are an impediment to the natural function of the river and introduction of large woody debris into the channel to modify flows and create habitat opportunity.
The Southern Strategic Support Main (SSSM) is a new 31km water pipeline and has been created to help improve the water supply to 280,000 houses and support the growing local population. The pipeline passes through open countryside, towns and villages providing the opportunity for both biodiversity enhancement and community engagement.