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 Newcastle IMPACT event will include:
Four keynote speakers
1. Catherine McKinnell MP
Before first being elected as the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North in May 2010, Catherine worked as an employment solicitor in Newcastle. Shortly after entering Parliament, she introduced a Bill into the House of Commons seeking to make use of the public procurement process to increase the number of apprenticeships.Catherine held a number of Shadow Ministerial posts from October 2010-January 2016, including Shadow Solicitor General, Shadow Minister for Children and Young Families, Shadow Economic Secretary, Shadow Exchequer Secretary and Shadow Attorney General. She is now a member of the Education Select Committee, and of the Petitions Committee. In addition, she is an active member of a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), including being the co-chair of the APPGs on Apprenticeships, on Regional Airports and on Anti-Corruption; and chair of the Parliamentary Friends of CAFOD. She is also the chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party’s backbench group on International Trade.
2. Karen Carter, North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO)
As regional procurement officer at NEPO, Karen will explain how the purchasing priorities of public sector clients are changing to deliver CSR outputs.
3. To be announced
A regional educational speaker will share best practice, being from an organisation recognised for its positive contribution to people, businesses, and communities
4. Darush Dodds, ESH Group
As Head of Corporate Responsibility and Added Value at construction firm ESH group, Darush will showcase the organisation's CSR strategy and activities and highlight the benefits these have provided to its employees, the community, and the overall business.
The event will also offer those attending a choice of four 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) Equality and diversity OR b) Safety, health and wellbeing
Workshop 4: 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. Positive Outcomes for information about work-based training opportunities funded by the UK Government
3. Cross Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) for all your apprenticeship enquiries
4. British Standards Institute (BSI) for advice and guidance on how to make your business resilient to future challenges
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.