Construction sector reports growing awareness of modern slavery

18th June 2019


Construction istock 516607254

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Built environment ,
  • Construction ,
  • Planning ,
  • Supply chain ,
  • Sustainability

Author

Stu Meades

Seven in 10 companies across construction and infrastructure have improved their understanding of modern slavery issues in the last year, an annual survey has found.

This represents an 8% rise on the number of companies that said the same back in 2018, while 63% claim to have boosted their knowledge of fairness, inclusion and respect, up by 15%.

It was also found that 45% have increased their level of community engagement, which is unchanged from last year.

The survey was carried out by the Supply Chain Sustainability School, whose work was consistently credited with having a positive influence by the respondents.

“Having a well-structured sustainability strategy is critical to any organisation, regardless of size, said Phil Wright, sustainability advisor at the WP Group, which has partnered with the school.

“The survey results are testament to the school's excellent support and leadership in addressing the key issues that industry is facing, such as modern slavery.“

The Supply Chain Sustainability School catered for 5,723 individual learners from 3,036 companies last year, and now has 86 partner organisations.

Despite progress around modern slavery and fairness, inclusion and respect, the survey also found that the built environment sector remains slow to address some of its responsibilities.

Just 34% of the respondents said they had reduced their carbon emissions over the last year, down 3% on 2018, while the number that had cut their water consumption fell by 2% to 16%.

There was a modest rise of 5% in the number of companies that had improved air quality, bringing the total to 20%.

“Despite excellent results overall, I was disappointed to see relatively low figures on air quality and that the rate of carbon savings has actually gone down,“ said Supply Chain Sustainability School chair, Shaun McCarthy OBE.

“These are two issues critical to our wellbeing and to the future of society as we know it.

“We shall therefore be making a determined effort to focus attention on these areas in the coming year, as we look to build on our impressive performance across the board.“

Image credit: iStock

Subscribe

Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.


Transform articles

Renewables account for almost half of Britain’s power generation

Solar power generation hit a new high in the last quarter as renewables accounted for almost half of Britain’s energy production, according to a report from Montel Analytics.

18th July 2024

Read more

Only a third of the emission reductions required for the UK to achieve net zero by 2030 are covered by credible plans, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has warned today.

18th July 2024

Read more

Almost three-fifths of UK environmental professionals feel there is a green skills gap across the country’s workforce, or that there will be, a new survey has uncovered.

4th July 2024

Read more

Climate hazards such as flooding, droughts and extreme heat are threatening eight in 10 of the world’s cities, new research from CDP has uncovered.

3rd July 2024

Read more

Three in five British adults want more public involvement in the planning system, which could be at odds with Labour’s plans to boost economic growth, IEMA research has found.

3rd July 2024

Read more

Ahead of the UK general election next month, IEMA has analysed the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, and Green Party manifestos in relation to the sustainability agenda.

19th June 2024

Read more

Nine in 10 UK adults do not fully trust brands to accurately portray their climate commitments or follow the science all the time, a new survey has uncovered.

19th June 2024

Read more

Just one in 20 workers aged 27 and under have the skills needed to help drive the net-zero transition, compared with one in eight of the workforce as a whole, new LinkedIn data suggests.

18th June 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close