Kier Regional Building North West is committed to creating stronger, more collaborative supply chain partnerships and resilient teams, and ensuring we leave a positive legacy in communities where we operate with the help of our supply chain.
Kier has surveyed its local supply chain in the North West to determine their social impact contributions and to support them to further develop these activities, including the wellbeing of individuals, communities, social capital and the environment.
Kier has defined nine focus areas as follows:
- Job creation
- Work experience
- Community engagement
- Training and development
- Charity fundraising
- Engagement with the local supply chain (i.e. use of local tier 2/3 subcontractors/material and plant suppliers)
- Having a CSR statement
- Work experience for priority groups (e.g. hard to reach).
Kier received 146 questionnaire responses from construction supply chain members, allowing it to assess social impact levels and provide gold, silver or bronze status to those doing well. The return rate was incredible with a clear indication that Kier’s supply chain share its ethos in corporate social responsibility (CSR) with gold status achieving the highest level of social impact activities.
Over 66% of the companies confirmed they employ apprentices, resulting in impressive 996 apprentices being employed locally. Each of Kier’s supply chain preferred contractors had a meeting with a Kier Supply Chain Manager and a member of the senior management team. Kier is also working on a bespoke CSR action plan for each business to help support attainment of silver status (or higher), which is our minimum expectation for a preferred contractor.