Clegg Construction is passionate about working with our clients, project teams, supply chain, and wider community groups to make a positive difference to the lives of those around us. Our social value policy sets out a strategy for the creation of the company’s annual social value plan, as well as those developed for individual projects in which we harness the robust power of partnerships to maximise the impact of our joint activities.
Project-specific social value plans
Our client’s social value and ESG targets are reviewed for each project and, where appropriate, a social value plan is developed and implemented that considers key social value themes and proposes ways in which our people and our supply chain may be mobilised to maximise social value. These plans are measured, monitored, and reported on throughout the duration of the project.
Recent social value initiatives
Examples of recent initiatives that we have organised or supported to deliver social value include:
• Employment, Skills and Development
Inspiring future generations:
With over 150 different roles in our celebrated industry, we are passionate about raising awareness of careers in construction amongst our future generations of professionals, engaging with local schools and training providers to deliver careers initiatives including mock interviews, careers fairs, industry-specific careers talks, and work placements.
Providing employment opportunities:
We also provide employment opportunities for long-term unemployed or NEETs: on our Lubbesthorpe School construction scheme, we supported the Leicester Care WIRE project by running a 2- week training programme for ex-offenders – all of whom went on to secure employment in the industry.
• Economy and Local Spend
In 2022, we spent over £40m on local suppliers and subcontractors, creating supply chain opportunities for SMEs and social enterprises and boosting the local economy. We’ve recently exhibited at 4 Meet the Buyer events, where we’ve established meaningful connections with local suppliers and subcontractors.
• Health and Wellbeing
We believe that health and wellbeing are integral to our business, our people, and our communities. We’re committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for our employees, and also to promoting healthy lifestyles across the areas we work within, including raising awareness around key physical health issues, such as smoking, obesity, alcoholism, drug use and diabetes.
• Climate Action
We care deeply about our planet and its future and are doing what we can to minimise the impact of our activities in terms of cutting carbon and other greenhouse gases, reducing pollution, and maximising energy efficiency to help the UK meet its 2050 target. We volunteer time towards environmental conservation initiatives, such as litter-picking and tree planting, and are committed to reducing travel emissions via the use of low or zero-emission vehicles. We also work with our clients to apply innovative measures to safeguard the environment directly to schemes, such as the integration of bird boxes, bug boxes and bee corridors
• Community, Diversity and Inclusion
Defence Employer Recognition Scheme: Clegg is recognised as a Bronze Award holder on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in testament to the company’s continued support of the armed forces community. We employ ex-military personnel in several roles and promote our armed forces-friendly status in our recruitment activities.
Supporting good causes: We support a range of local and national charities and good causes, including Base 51, Quorn Football Club, Salvation Army, Emmanuel House Support Centre, Save the Children, Prostate Cancer, Motor Neurone Disease Association, and the Gregg’s Foundation. In the face of the cost-of-living crisis, we have held collections for foodbanks local to two of our construction schemes in Maltby and Peterborough.
Measuring our impact
Like many organisations across the industry and the UK, Clegg uses the national TOMs (Themes, Outcomes and Measures) framework to measure and report on our social value activities. The flexible structure of this Local Government Association-approved standard means that it can easily be adapted to suit the needs/goals of each individual client and partnership.
Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS)
We are supporters of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), with our projects conforming to the Code of Considerate Practice which covers our local communities, our environment, and our greatest asset – our workforce.