Our people and sustainability

Achieving the ambitious targets of our 2020 sustainability strategy is a challenge that can only be met with the support and involvement of all our people.

We raise awareness of our 2020 commitments as soon as employees start with us. There is a dedicated sustainability training module within the new starter induction programme; and for employees holding sustainability-related responsibilities, we provide tailored specialist training.

We celebrate our people’s sustainability successes annually in our S Factor awards as well as involving them in engaging in dialogue, for example through:

  • ‘Toolbox Talks’ on all contracts to increase our people’s awareness of environmental and sustainability issues – they are now available in six languages
  • internal newsletters
  • a group activity on sustainability in the Carillion Leadership Programme for future leaders in Carillion
  • our sustainability intranet with the latest information on our strategy, policies and case studies
  • sustainability posters and campaigns across Carillion offices and sites.

When opting for a company pension plan, employees can be assured that our pension trustees comply with the Myners Principles and consider environmental, social, and governance issues when appointing asset managers.


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Smarter Thinking campaign

In 2012 we launched Smarter Thinking, our global employee engagement campaign for sustainability. The campaign aims to reduce our environmental impact as well as promote a healthier work–life balance, saving time, money, and natural resources.

For instance, our new travel provider, Portman Travel, offers paperless travel and encourages people to think before they fly. The internet-based system asks if they are making the smartest choice, and shows the emissions that could be cut if they took the train instead of the plane. More than 5,000 people have used the Portman system since it launched in July.

The campaign has showcased our latest technologies, including new conference calling options, WebEx, FuelSaver, and telematics across our commercial vehicle fleet. The UK Carillion Estate team says the mileage saved using teleconferencing instead of driving to meetings was 4,000 miles per building during Sustainability Week alone.

Over the next year, the campaign will focus on office energy and promoting positive behaviours across our estate.

Sustainability Week

Our engagement efforts throughout the year culminate in Sustainability Week to coincide with World Environment Day in June. 2012 marked the tenth Sustainability Week. From tidying the Olympic Village in London to removing lights at our contracts in Ontario, teams across Carillion showed their enthusiasm to make tomorrow a better place.

The week focused on the theme of building a successful business, and we received over 300 reports of activities supporting the launch from across the Group. These are some of the highlights:

Enabling low-carbon economies


Over 590 miles were saved in Carillion Canada by cycling instead of using public transport during the week. Carillion Alawi, Oman, reduced their carbon emissions dramatically in the week through a car-sharing scheme where a total of 2,360 miles and 254 litres of fuel were saved.

Protecting the environment


The Majlis Oman project handed out young trees to employees and drivers based at the project for them to plant at their homes to help balance their daily carbon footprint. The New York University project team in Abu Dhabi saved 32,450km of fuel and carbon by car pooling.

Supporting sustainable communities


Our Energy Insurance Services team ran the Race for Life in Northampton to raise £1,000 in memory of a former colleague who lost their life to cancer. Carillion Canada raised over £3,800 through a number of activities including car washes, barbeques and raffles.

Providing better prospects for our people


4,800 staff at the New York University project participated in 55 activities as well as being able to access free health checks.

Leading the way in our sector


Carillion Training Services apprentices joined in across the UK, offering their building expertise to a disabled charity in Middlesbrough. The Bank of Ireland project welcomed external speakers to inspire employees on a number of energy saving measures.


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Typical young people? Look again

In the lead-up to Sustainability Week, the Carillion Training Services team in the UK ran a five-week awareness campaign based on the strategy positive outcomes. As part of the campaign, the Manchester team put together a film with a group of apprentices who were passionate about their message and how it should be told. The film focused on the message ‘Typical young people? Look again’ as each apprentice demonstrated a positive action related to sustainability and citizenship.

Manchester was just one of 14 training centres taking part. Overall, Carillion involved nearly 1,000 apprentices and 200 members of staff in a whole range of activities.


commuting travel saved during Sustainability Week, Middle East and North Africa


Carillion’s Game Changers

Game changers 2012 Business in the community

The Game Changers is a Business in the Community (BITC) award to recognise individuals who have made a demonstrable contribution to integrating responsible business policy and practice within their organisation. Two of Carillion’s senior people were recognised in 2012:

Barry Quatermass, IMS Director, awarded for working tirelessly to develop a coherent national community investment strategy across Carillion through its engagement in BITC’s Ready for Work programme. See Employment and training.

Simon Dingle, Operations Director, Carillion Building, awarded for being instrumental in ensuring the new £188m Library of Birmingham – set to be the biggest public library in Europe – creates a sustainable legacy for decades to come. See Skills for marginalised groups: UK.

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