Sustainability management

Our 2020 sustainability strategy is driven directly by the Carillion plc Board, and is implemented and monitored within robust governance frameworks.

Success against the six positive outcomes of our strategy relies on the support of each of our businesses around the world. Each has its own sustainability plan and is a key player in the sustainability management system, as illustrated below.

Board of Directors

The Board reviews progress monthly. Richard Howson, Chief Executive, has Board-level responsibility for sustainability while Chief Sustainability Officer, Tom Robinson, has overall accountability for sustainability across the Group.

Sustainability Advisory Committee

The Sustainability Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Board. It is made up of representatives from our business units as well as two independent external advisors. See Independent Advisor statements.

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Business Leaders Sustainability Committee

The Board also engages with the Business Leaders Sustainability Committee, which is chaired by the Chief Sustainability Officer and oversees the delivery of our 2020 sustainability strategy. The Chief Sustainability Officer implements the strategy via workstreams covering the six outcomes, interfacing with working groups in each of the business units.

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Business Steering Group

Each of our businesses also has a steering group to track progress against Sustainability Leadership Plan targets.

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Business Working Groups

The working groups meet on a regular basis to review progress and update the workstream leaders against the plan.


Underpinned by policy procedures and management systems

Sustainability is embedded across the Carillion Group via a number of policies, procedures and use of our management systems, which are certified to OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001. In 2012, we launched Capture, a web-based data collection system for each contract to report safety and sustainability progress. See Health, safety and wellbeing and Environmental management.


Each business unit in turn depends on the buy-in from every single employee. We set targets for those with functional responsibility, senior managers, and executive directors, and our performance appraisal system ensures that progress against these targets is directly reflected in their remuneration. See Our people and sustainability.

Indices and benchmarks

To help us towards our vision to be a sector leader, we undertake annual sustainability benchmarking exercises. We are proud to be listed in leading indices, for example the FTSE4Good Index and Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) Corporate Responsibility (CR) Index.



  2011 2012 2013
Carillion 97.0 97.0 96.0
All index participants 87.0 89.0 90.0

* BITC CR Index changed the definition of reporting years in 2010, meaning that the 2010 submission was reported under the name 2011 submission. Carillion retains its Platinum status and score for two years. We submitted the 2013 survey at the end of 2012, and achieved Platinum Big Tick.


Carillion is a member of the FTSE4Good Index, which measures the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards.


We are a member of Business in the Community (BITC) and participate in the BITC Corporate Responsibility Index, which ranked us a Platinum Big Tick company

“We have a chain of rigorous processes across the Group to strategically manage sustainability. No decision is made on an ad hoc basis; everything is linked back to our 2020 sustainability objectives.”Tom Robinson, Chief Sustainability Officer

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