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IMPACT: CSR in construction - London

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The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

Broad Sanctuary



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Whilst SME regional contractors often lead the field in providing benefits and legacies for their communities through their projects, their ability to report and promote their efforts can be hampered through a lack of resource and expertise; potentially affecting their ability to win work with public sector procurers who require evidence of impact and outcomes from CSR activities.

NFB Business & Skills, supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), is hosting a series of IMPACT: CSR in construction events with the aim of helping SME contractors to develop, deliver, and report on their CSR activities in a way that helps them achieve the benefits an effective CSR strategy can bring.

The London IMPACT event will include:

Five keynote speakers

1. Tessa Jowell

Tessa Jowell played an instrumental role in bringing the Olympic Games to Britain. As Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, she was the first in government to back the bid and as Olympics Minister worked tirelessly to keep preparations on track for an outstanding display in 2012. Her political career also includes ministerial positions for Women, Public Health, Work and Pensions, and Regional Affairs. Her passion for education, public health, employment and equality is driven by her belief that everyone should have the same opportunity to succeed. Tessa is currently Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics and in 2014 she was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London.

2. Mark Farmer

Author of the recently published Farmer Report, "Modernise or Die", commissioned by the Construction Leadership Council at the request of government, Mark will discuss how CSR and skills can play a vital role in the modernisation of the industry.

3. Mark Noonan, CITB

Mark Noonan, Industry Relations Director at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), will discuss the shared commitment to improving the image of construction and how CITB’s role supports NFB’s CSR initiative and will share the ways we plan to invest in the future of our industry.

4. Peter McDermott, University of Salford

Peter is a Professor of Construction Procurement in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford. Peter believes that the way that construction is organised, managed and procured has a significant impact on the environment and his teaching, research and professional activities are focused on this. He has advised and consulted with a wide range of local authorities and government departments on their response to changes in the sector – due to economic conditions or government policy drives and was a member of IUK/Cabinet Office Joint Steering Group for the Construction and Infrastructure Strategies. He co-authored the "Effectiveness of Frameworks" report on behalf of the Cabinet Office. He is currently working on a range of research and applied projects concerned with Social Value in construction and infrastructure.

5. Darush Dodds, ESH Group

Esh is a construction company that puts communities at the heart of its activity and enriches them by developing the built environment and creating value for the economies local to them. As Head of Corporate Responsibility and Added Value, Darush will showcase the company’s CSR strategy and activities and highlight the benefits these have provided to its employees, the community, the environment, and the overall business.

Breakout training sessions

The event will also offer those attending a choice of three training sessions around CSR. At the time of booking you will be asked to choose from:

Workshop 1: a) Four steps to CSR OR b) How to measure CSR

Workshop 2: a) Developing CSR strategies OR b) Developing and attracting talent to your business

Workshop 3: a) Training, education and apprenticeships OR b) Organisational resilience

Interactive panel discussion

Keynote speakers from the day take questions from the audience around CSR and how to overcome the barriers and challenges that implementation may bring.

One to one clinics

We have representatives from key industry stakeholders on hand to offer advice, guidance, and support at no additional cost to you. Clinic hosts include:

1. CITB for grant/funding and training plan enquiries.

2. Cross Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) to discuss funding and management criteria for the recruitment of construction apprentices.

3. British Standards Institute (BSI) for advice and guidance on how to make your business resilient to future challenges.

4. City and Guilds for advice and guidance on skills development.

5. Supply Ready by GetSet for Growth, to assist SME's with their supply chain ambitions.

6. Construction Youth Trust, learn how you can build brighter futures for young people.

Chance to have your say

During the course of each roadshow you will be asked your views around CSR and the impact you feel activities bring, or could bring, to your business, employees, and the community as a whole. These views will be recorded and fed back to industry, thus helping to drive future development.

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