Advocacy and influence

We have the potential to scale up our positive impact by leveraging partnerships with industry bodies, sustainability organisations, and governments.

With around 80% of our UK revenue coming from the public sector and regulated customers, Carillion actively participates in local and national government working groups, and contributes to public policy debates on matters affecting our industry. One flagship area in which we maintain visibility at national and local political level is education among young people, an issue which goes to the core of our sustainable communities’ strategy.

Around the world, we are also becoming more active at a political and civil society level.

Highlights from the year

2012 saw consultation and engagement activities across our business units, for example we:

  • became key partners in the UK Government’s Green Deal
  • worked alongside the UK Government’s Skills Funding Agency in our training and skills work
  • shared sustainability best practice with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce
  • became a Gold Leaf Member of the UK Green Building Council, enabling us to take an active role in shaping future sustainable buildings policy
  • launched Sustainability Talk & News (STN), an online platform inviting discussion and dialogue with leading industry commentators, within and outside Carillion
  • were among the first 100 companies to sign up for the Social Mobility Compact in the UK, aimed at widening access to career and training opportunities.


Ray Wilson

Thought leadership on apprenticeships

As the largest employer of young apprentices in the construction sector, we are keen to share our best practice with our trade bodies and peer groups. We also play an active role in policy making on this issue.

In 2012, Ray Wilson, Director and General Manager, Carillion Training Services, gave evidence to the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee Enquiry on Apprenticeships. He also shared our experiences at an industry select group with the UK Skills Minister and pushed for more training to meet the needs of industry. The Skills Minister commended the Carillion model, which has also been referenced by the Confederation of British Industry in its report Bridging the Gap.

Our leadership in thought and practice attracted further ministerial attention in 2012, with high-profile visits from MPs to our renowned training centres in Salford, Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Below are some of the key organisations of which we are a member.

Industry organisations 

  • Canadian Centre for Health and Safety
  • Civil Engineering Contractors Association, UK
  • ConstructionSkills (the skills council for the construction sector), UK
  • Road Builders’ Association, Ontario, Canada
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, UK
  • UK Contractors Group
  • UK Green Building Council
  • Oman Society of Contractors
  • Dubai Chamber of Commerce
  • British Institute of Facilities Management
  • SAFEContractorUK
  • Facilities Management Association, UK
  • Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)

Sustainability organisations 

  • All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group and All Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Social Responsibility, UK
  • Business in the Community (BITC), UK
  • Forum for the Future, UK
  • Emirates Green Building Council, Middle East
  • Emirates Environmental Group, Middle East
  • Employers’ Advocacy Council, Canada
  • Environment Society of Oman
  • Smart Grid Ireland

Executive involvement 

  • Richard Howson, Chief Executive, is a member of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Construction Council and the CBI President’s Committee, which ensures the industry is heard by government and regulators, as well as within the CBI.
  • Nigel Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Carillion Services, is a member of the Business Action on Homelessness Board.
  • Jason Rowley, Health and Safety Director, represents the interests of the UKCG’s Health and Safety Group on The Construction Industry Advisory Committee, advising the Health and Safety Executive on protecting people at work from health and safety hazards within the building, civil engineering, and the engineering construction industry.
  • Adam Green, Managing Director of Carillion Construction UK, is a member of The Prince’s Trust Construction and Business Services Leadership Group, which supports contracts developing young people in the sector and the Green Construction Board Infrastructure Working Group.
  • Ray Wilson, Director, Carillion Training Services, was appointed to the Board of Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) – ConstructionSkills – in 2011 to represent the UK Contractors Group (UKCG), of which Carillion is a member.
  • Tom Robinson, Carillion Chief Sustainability Officer, sits on the Open Business Forum Practitioner Group, which the Prime Minister launched in February 2012. He is also a member of WRAP’s Facilities Management Strategy Group.

“We welcome the boost that the Government’s Jobs, Growth and Warmer Homes Report findings would give to the Green Deal. We are ambitious about utilising Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation to bring growth for us and the communities we work in while making homes and buildings warmer and more efficient.”Siobonne Brewster, Strategic Development Director, Carillion Energy Services

Siobonne Brewster

“We’re delighted to have Carillion on board as members of the UK Green Building Council. The enormous breadth and depth of their business provides tremendous opportunities for innovation and delivery of new products and services to meet their customers’ future needs in sustainable ways.”Paul King, Chief Executive Officer, UK Green Building Council

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