Our people and the communities in which we operate are important to us. We are committed to being a responsible partner, effectively contributing to improving the quality of life of the members of our workforce, their families and the communities around our operations.

 

Health, safety and wellbeing

Health and Safety is our overarching value and we promote a workplace that is safe, healthy, diverse, inclusive and respectful. Continual improvement in health and safety practices and process help us strive towards achieving our goal of ‘zero harm’ and ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.

We attach as much importance to health as we do to safety, with a focus on controlling workplace health risks, ensuring fitness to perform work tasks safely and promoting the health and wellbeing of our employees and contractors. All employees receive mandatory health medicals when they join the company. This is repeated every two years for higher risk colleagues, including site and nightshift workers, and every three years for all other employees.

We acknowledge that mental health is just as important as physical health. We run workshops and mental health first aid courses in partnership with the charity Mind. In 2016 300 employees attended awareness workshops and we now have 45 trained Mental Health First Aiders in the business. These individuals provide help on a first aid basis and offer guidance to their colleagues about where to go for additional support. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme dedicated to providing resources to help employees overcome life's many challenges.

Developing people

Our focus remains on developing people and their capabilities, including identifying our talent pipeline and succession planning. We aim to enhance the skills of our people, offering them growth opportunities and improving performance. Our Learning and Development team have collaborated with people from different divisions to tailor training courses and offer apprenticeships that are relevant to our industry.

We champion diversity and want to promote equality and diversity. We want to achieve a minimum 30% gender diversity at all management grades around our business by 2030.  To achieve this, now and over the next few years we are investing heavily in our business diversity and inclusion programmes to ensure we have a more balanced workforce – with a particular focus on attracting more women. 25% of all graduates recruited in 2016 and 33% of higher apprentices employed were female.

Our targets to 2020

  • 1.37 or less

  • 2.93 or less

  • 20% gender diversity at management levels

  • 260,000 beneficiaries from social programmes (target to 2030)

 

Ethics

We conduct business within the principles set out in our Code of Business Conduct and we expect our suppliers to adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct. We promote a workplace that is inclusive, fair and which fosters respect for all employees. We respect workers’ rights, promote equal opportunities for both direct and contracted employees. We contribute to the social and economic development of the communities in which we operate through community engagement and employee volunteering.

We apply fair competition law rules ensuring our customers obtain the best products and services on favourable terms. We believe everyone should feel comfortable to speak up and ask questions or report concerns. To support this we have an Integrity Line (0808 234 6694) - an ethics advice and reporting system, in place.

 

Supply chain

We care about the environment and communities around our sites and we expect that our suppliers products and services do the same. We collaborate with our suppliers to share best practice and develop their policies and procedures so they meet our requirements.

 

Communities

We actively contribute to the social and economic development of the communities in which we operate.  We are involved in community liaison meetings, we hold open days for the general public, we visit schools and we provide materials, resources and voluntary labour to benefit the communities in which we operate. Working in partnership with our clients and customers, we can better understand each other’s needs as well as the long term economic, environmental and social implications of our activities.

Back Lane quarry working with Lancashire Wildlife Trust

The Wildlife Trust

Aggregate Industries and The Wildlife Trusts have worked successfully in partnership for over ten years. We work together throughout the UK to restore, recreate and reconnect the ecosystems which are vital to the wellbeing of individuals and communities, our environmental resilience and economic prosperity.  We support the Leadership Awards, recognising the outstanding contribution and leadership displayed by individuals.

Supply Chain Sustainability School

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is a free, virtual learning environment that aims to help construction suppliers and subcontractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence. The School was founded by Skanska with support from Aggregate Industries, Kier, Willmott Dixon, Lend Lease, Morgan Sindall, Sir Robert McAlpine and CEEQUAL. Aggregate Industries actively participates across a range of special interest groups to advance industry standards.

UK Green Building Council

We are Gold Leaf Founding Members of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC). We sit on the Leadership advisory committee and also contribute to the UKGBC's leadership programmes that seek to convene, support, and inspire leaders of today and tomorrow to challenge them, and drive sustainable leadership, innovation, and transformation in other organisations and the sector.

Leicester Tigers Foundation

The Concrete Rugby programme is a very exciting way for colleagues, together with the Leicester Tigers Foundation, to reach almost 1,000 children over the coming year. The program encourages an enjoyment of exercise and teamwork and also gives us the chance to talk about safety, digital security and other topics relevant to 11-14 year olds. Overall we want to help the next generation build their knowledge, self confidence and personal motivation.

 
 
Climate

Climate

With a strong portfolio of sustainable products and services, we will help our customers avoid CO2 emissions released from buildings and infrastructure over the whole life-cycle.

 
Circular economy

Circular economy

In addition to considering the extraction, production and transportation impacts of our products, we consider incorporating non-primary materials and the potential to recover, reuse and recycle products at end of use.

 
Water and nature

Water and nature

As water scarcity and flooding are increasingly important issues for society, our concern for responsible water use and management goes beyond our operational boundaries.