BAM Construct UK has proven its credentials as a socially responsible employer after achieving a Gold accreditation as part of Coventry City Councils’ Business Charter for Social Responsibility.
BAM Construct UK were presented with acknowledged for the achievement at the House of Commons during the Youth Build awards, where one of their apprentices was also a commended finalist.
BAM Construct UK won bronze and silver awards last year for their delivery of positive economic outcomes for the city, and commitment to producing environmental benefits for the local community.
The gold award is a first for any business in the city and means it has secured all three criteria bringing social, economic and environmental benefits in its working methods.
Liz Wellton, Assistant Director Procurement, said: “The Business Charter for Social Responsibility Accreditation was set up to create a benchmark for good business practises. Over a number of years BAM construction have helped develop a number of important buildings in the city and excelled in its working practises.
“We hope its successes can encourage other businesses signed up to the charter to follow their lead.”
The Business Charter for Social Responsibility accreditation is separated into three areas - economic, environmental and social. Working to one of the three areas, allows a business to achieve bronze. Being able to demonstrate its commitment to two areas will allow
During the construction phase of projects at Coventry University Health and Life Sciences Building and Finham Park II School, BAM have maintained a strong focus on making a meaningful impact on the local community.
The company has provided 718 apprenticeship weeks while 385 young people have attended educational visits to its construction sites.
BAM are also the host employer for the Coventry & Warwickshire Shared Apprenticeship Scheme, which to date has provided 64 construction related apprenticeships for young Coventry people.
The company has also worked with local Coventry schools, colleges and universities, in enhancing links with the construction industry.
There have been numerous positive, long term benefits that have been provided by BAM for the local, natural environment and for the wellbeing of local people.
BAM are the first organisation to achieve the City Councils Gold Award for the Business Charter for Social Responsibility.
BAM has also achieved a 100% recycling rate on Finham Park II, through reutilising the existing fixtures and fittings of the original building, as well as decreasing the sites carbon footprint and promoting a car sharing scheme.
Businesses interested in signing up to the Council business charter can find out more at www.coventry.gov.uk/socialresponsibility