Positively Impact More than 1 Million People

2030 target Measurement Primary UN Sustainability Development Goal 

£3 billion social value generated

Social Value National TOMS Framework1

Infrastructure already has a hugely positive impact on people’s lives. From transport links which help people access jobs, leisure activities and friends and family, to the assets which deliver the water and energy to homes and businesses around the world, its impact is felt every second of every day.

But beyond the immediate benefits of the assets themselves, the sector also has a significant social impact: regenerating communities, driving employment and training opportunities, enhancing biodiversity, supporting small, local supply chain partners and minority businesses, boosting growth. It literally has the power to transform lives and build new and better futures. This ‘social value’ has long been embedded in how Balfour Beatty operates. For us, it’s a core element of leaving a meaningful, lasting legacy in the communities we work with and it has seen the projects we deliver improve the wellbeing and prosperity of many thousands of people. But we want to go further. We want to make it clear how important this is to us by making it our ambition to Positively Impact More than 1 Million People by 2040.

Making a positive impact

Our ambition to Positively Impact More than 1 Million People between now and 2040 seeks to build upon our existing social value measures to capture the broader positive and lasting impact we have on people’s lives. This means, for example, that we’ll look more holistically at the wider impact of the volunteering our workforce undertake, and the number of people positively impacted, rather than simply counting the number of days spent volunteering. It’s about a greater focus on, and increased quality of the outcomes we deliver.

Our many years as a leader in this area will allow us to share best practice and cross-pollinate ideas across our three geographies, which will each have different approaches, priorities and successes. We will continue to review and evolve our approach to measuring our lasting impact on the communities we operate in as understanding across the industry evolves and matures.

Case studies

Find out how we're leaving a positive legacy in the communities in which we work in.