Our ambition is to continue to position sustainability at the heart of what we do and in the solutions we provide to our customers.
Our Blueprint, the Group’s sustainability strategy, sets out how we will deliver long-term economic, social and environmental outcomes for our employees, customers, society and shareholders. It is fully aligned with the Company’s Build to Last goals and seeks to further embed sustainability throughout our operations by providing a robust framework.
The strategy is based on the three pillars of profitable markets (economic), environmental limits (environmental) and healthy communities (social).
Here are some of our key highlights from 2019:
Read the 'building a sustainable business' section in our 2019 Annual Report for information on our progress and performance in 2019.
Sustainability case-studies and our biodiversity services:
Investing in communities
Wherever we operate we seek to integrate within the neighbourhood, supporting the local community, its businesses and its workforce.
Involved (Balfour Beatty’s community investment programme in the UK) was established in 2015 and focuses on three key areas where we can add value to our customers and the local community:
- local employment and skills;
- supporting local businesses; and
- community engagement through charitable fundraising, volunteering and mentoring.
All employees have the opportunity to volunteer up to two days per year to give something back to local communities. This has brought multiple social value benefits to the communities where we operate.
In the UK and Ireland, a further £190,178 was raised by employees for charitable purposes.
Find out more about our charity and construction industry support initiatives:
The 5% Club
Balfour Beatty is a long-standing member of The 5% Club, an employer led organisation founded in 2013 by our Group Chief Executive, Leo Quinn. The Club gained charitable status in 2018 and now comprises nearly 500 members.
The 5% Club aims to address the skills gap by getting more young people into ‘earn and learn’ opportunities, encourage businesses to take the lead on training and promote apprenticeships as a positive career decision.
Along with creating events and resources to showcase best practice in emerging talent, The Club also focuses on broader social issues to help the most disadvantaged young people in society such as social mobility, diversity and inclusion and outreach to school.
By joining The 5% Club, members aspire to achieve 5% of their workforce in earn and learn positions (including apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formalised training schemes) within five years of joining.
During 2019, Balfour Beatty recruited 119 apprentices, 86 graduates and 22 trainees. The percentage of the UK workforce in ‘earn and learn’ positions at year end stood at 5.4%
Visit The 5% Club website for more information.
Our Shaping Better Futures charitable trust
The Balfour Beatty Shaping Better Futures Charitable Trust was formed in 2009 to help the most disadvantaged young people in society. Through a mix of employee fundraising and financial support provided by the Company, the Trust currently supports three charities: Barnardo’s, Coram and The Prince’s Trust.
In 2019, employees raised over £7,068 through Shaping Better Futures. The Company matched this with an additional contribution and donated a total of £90,000.
Since 2013, the Trust has raised £236,916 to support Barnardo’s, helping over 4,900 young people to gain new skills, qualifications and stable work.
In addition to the support Barnardo’s received through Shaping Better Futures, in 2019, in partnership with Network Rail, we helped to raise over £137,775 through a six-day event held at the iconic Forth Bridge.
Since 2010, we have contributed over £509,000 to Coram, funding vital services for children and young people.
The Princes Trust
We have worked closely with The Prince’s Trust since the beginning of the partnership and have raised over £1.4 million for the charity. Through The Prince’s Trust, the funding from 2019 will support 50 young people into positive outcomes in employment, education and training, transforming their life chances and developing their confidence and employability skills.
Considerate Constructors Scheme
In the UK, we continue to support the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). The CCS is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image.
In 2019, 118 of our UK sites were assessed against the scheme, with an average score of 41.5 out of 50 against an industry average of 36.73. Of these sites, 81.4% exceeded our internal target score of 40.
The £13 million Scarborough Spa Slope Stabilisation Scheme scored a massive 48 out of 50 under the CCS. The whole team got involved in ensuring the CCS assessment was a success, through encouraging best practice within the team and creating a positive image of construction within the local community.
- Engaging with local school and college students through career fairs, mock interviews and site visits;
- Communication with the local community and businesses to keep them up to date on the project through meetings, newsletters and display boards;
- Charity coffee mornings and donations of food and toys to support children the local Children’s hospice; and
- Health awareness talks organised for staff and operatives.
Innovation points were awarded for:
- Innovative redesign of geotechnical slope rigs to increase accessibility to difficult locations;
- Hosting a Construction Live broadcast that engaged young people across the country; and
- Development of equipment to reduce manual handling for operatives when working with grout plants.
Read more about our recent international successes and awards in sustainable construction including recognition from the Considerate Constructors Scheme
Our recent awards
Sustainability and Resource Recovery Initiative of the Year, Water Industry Awards 2019
Balfour Beatty’s collaboration with GenQuip GroundHog and Hogen Systems
Sustainability and Environmental Excellence, Rail Business Awards 2019
Thameslink Key Output 2 (KO2) Programme
Winner, Britain’s Most Admired Companies 2019
Heavy Construction category
Considerate Constructors Scheme awards:
- 6 gold (of which 1 was a Most Considerate Site Runner Up)
- 4 silver
- 2 bronze
Green Apple Awards 2019:
- 4 gold
- 1 bronze
- 1 green champion