As a global business with an extensive operational footprint, we have a responsibility to preserve and enhance the habitats where we work.
Our impact on biodiversity is assessed through our Biodiversity Risk Assessment Process, a requirement on all contracts. We are working towards ensuring that Biodiversity Risk Assessments are completed for all contracts along with Biodiversity Action Plans where the risk is identified as high.
Expanding our biodiversity agenda in 2012
In 2012, we updated our Biodiversity Risk Assessments and Biodiversity Action Plans following an extensive review in 2011. These extended their scope to cover restoration activities, and better reflected the current biodiversity issues across our regions.
Conservation at Damaniyat Islands
As part of our biodiversity protection at the Muscat Court Complex, in 2012 Carillion-Alawi, Oman, transported and installed five information signs on the Damaniyat Islands to raise awareness among visitors of the rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity. The area holds some of the best developed coral reefs in Oman, and the shorelines are important habitats for sea birds and Hawksbill turtles, a critically endangered species.
“We could not have installed these awareness signs without the help and support of the dynamic and motivated team of Carillion-Alawi.”The Environment Society of Oman
As our people are in the front line and are frequently required to assess and address risks, we have training on habitats and sensitive species. We also ensure that employees feel involved in the approach. For example, Al Futtaim Carillion has provided volunteers and logistical support to the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi, for their Dune Restoration contract. More than 40 volunteers from our New York University contract team helped TDIC and the St Regis Hotel Saadiyat Island to restore 2,000m3 of dune area by collecting plants and replanting them at the sensitive dune habitats.
Our biodiversity initiatives often have direct overlap with community programmes, and biodiversity and Community Engagement Plans are put in place on all contracts.
Bringing back the Redstart
In recent years, the rarest bird in Birmingham, UK, the Black Redstart, has vanished from the city, and Birmingham City Council is keen to try and encourage the species to return.
Keen to do what we could, Carillion worked with our building contractor, Prater, to develop a brown roof habitat on the Library of Birmingham. The roof is designed to attract birds and insects and increase the biodiversity in the area – as well as helping the building towards a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
Seed mix consisting of 13 different varieties of wildflower was sown into the topsoil, and logs, stones, and bird and insect boxes were installed. Costs for the brown roof were kept low by using recycled content, and the roof requires minimal maintenance.
Carillion Natural Habitats Fund
We continue to grow the Carillion Natural Habitats Fund, set up in 2001. The fund has supported 60 projects with grants totalling over £370,000. Our donations and employee volunteering help The Wildlife Trusts’ essential habitat and conservation work, and in 2012 we undertook the following projects:
- Park Hall Habitat Improvement – The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country
- Helping Natterjack Toads Out of a Hole – Cumbria Wildlife Trust
- Ulster Wildlife Trust Habitat Restoration Project – Ulster Wildlife Trust
- Water for Wildlife on the Wandle: A Living Landscape – London Wildlife Trust
- Living Waterways – Northumberland Wildlife Trust
- Wetland Wonderland and Dazzling Dragonflies – Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
of our construction contracts have been assessed for biodiversity risk
funded by the Carillion Natural Habitats Fund since 2001
“The Carillion Natural Habitats Fund is making a big difference not just to wildlife across the UK but to the people who value and enjoy it. Contact with nature is increasingly recognised as being fundamental to our physical and emotional well-being. Without the generosity of supporters like Carillion it would impossible for The Wildlife Trusts to make such a big difference to the lives of people in this country.”Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts
Tree planting in Ontario
During Sustainability Week 2012, employees from Carillion Canada and our subsidiary TWD Roads Management rolled up their sleeves and planted trees around eastern Ontario. They were joined by people from the Ministry of Transportation and the Loyalist Parkway Society.
We donated nursery trees and planted them in three Provincial Road Side Parks. All are native trees to the region and the Butternut trees are an endangered species.
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