As a business, we are committed to helping to build a fairer society. Whether that be getting our people involved with volunteering, building long-term community partnerships, making vital projects a reality with our pro bono services or boosting economies through our work for clients, we add value every day, all around the world.
Inequality continues to be a major challenge globally and we believe our industry must be at the forefront of building a more sustainable and equitable future. Working with our partners, we place the needs of local communities at the heart of our projects and programmes worldwide. As we grow, we continue to invest in our education and employment programmes; opening up access to opportunity, one young person at a time.
In line with our social value policy, we work in partnership with the local communities to tailor our investment to their needs, ensuring that social issues which are important to them come first. In this way, we directly contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals of providing quality education, reducing inequalities to tackle poverty.
Removing barriers to opportunity
We know that there is a wealth of talent among people who have not had access to the right opportunities. Recognising that there is a significant skills shortage in the construction industry, and that diversity is paramount, we support vulnerable children and young people to raise aspirations, reach their potential and inspire them to join our industry.
Our growing network of community champions lead initiatives and engage with colleagues to bring our global community commitment to life on a local level. One important way we do this is by giving every employee a volunteering day each year. We pride ourselves on our strong community partnerships (JINC in the Netherlands, National Literacy Trust in the UK) which enable us to adapt our programmes to the most urgent and emerging societal needs.
In the financial year 19/20, we were able to increase our global impact by investing even more time and funds through our campaign #TT5000futures. This campaign launched in 2018 challenged us to reach over 5000 lives through our education and employment programmes worldwide every year.
- 15,000 children and young people reached since 2018
- 19,000 employee volunteering hours since 2018
- £1.1 million corporate and employee donations to charitable organisations since 2018
Additional successes from FY1920
- 150 local partnerships with schools, organisations and charities
- 37% volunteering participation rate across the business
Building a more equitable world
We firmly believe that education and employment are key routes out of poverty, which is why we will build on the strong foundations provided through #TT5000futures to reach even more lives in the years to come.
We recognise the power of our industry to tackle inequality in both developed and accedeveloping countries worldwide. Our infrastructure business prides itself on connecting remote communities (e.g. New Zealand’s first underground railway) and meeting basic utility. Globally, our natural resources teams are increasingly working on green and renewable alternatives (e.g. Plastic Energy, The Netherlands) to provide much needed power for economic growth. While our real estate business has a long history of working on public services and facilities ensuring more people have access to housing, healthcare and education (e.g. Trinity Business School Dublin).
However, inequality is not solely economic and we understand that people from a diverse range of backgrounds are often presented with a greater number of barriers than others.
Find out more about diversity & inclusion approach and our vision for the future.
Breaking the cycle of poverty
By addressing inequality through our services and ensuring that we open up opportunities to quality education and employment, we are directly contributing to breaking the cycle of poverty. We partner with our industry to build on these learnings and advocate for change. We support a range of research and thought leadership initiatives including the UK2070 Commission, an independent enquiry into regional inequalities across the UK who called for a new national spatial strategy in the UK in their preliminary report ‘Fairer and Stronger: Rebalancing the UK Economy’.
Over the coming year, we want to better understand the social impact we can make and use this measurement to target even greater investment into our communities. By working with our clients, we believe we will find innovative ways of bringing all forms of poverty to an end by 2030.