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Wednesday, 26 February

Sustainability Vital for Business Success

Richard Howson, chief executive of integrated support services company, Carillion has stressed that sustainability is a vital ingredient for business success in today’s challenging markets.

Speaking at the launch of the company’s annual Sustainability Report, Howson said: “Surprisingly we still hear discussions that sustainability is either a ‘nice to have’ or worse, something that companies can’t afford. But this misses the point. Our report demonstrates that sustainability can make a powerful contribution to profit as well as operational delivery and it creates real benefits for the communities in which we work.

“Done well, with commitment right across an organisation and the support of extended partnerships with clients and suppliers, sustainability makes a clear contribution to the bottom line. Becoming a more sustainable business goes hand-in-hand with becoming a more successful business.”

Carillion’s Sustainability Report updates progress on its 2020 Sustainability Strategy, which was launched in 2011 and delivers six outcomes across the three pillars of environmental, social and economic responsibility, including creating lasting social value and supporting sustainable communities across the UK, the Middle East and Canada.

The Report launch was held at the Battersea Power Station regeneration project, where Carillion is delivering Phase One of the project, a mixed residential, retail and leisure development.

David Picton, Carillion’s chief sustainability officer, said: “Our 2013 report tracks how we are doing against our very targets, re-states our future goals and brings to life case studies from our international operations. For an international company like Carillion, sustainability is a global issue and local, regional and national governments rightly expected us to prove our credentials. Responsible companies have sustainable practices at the heart of their activities and their mindset and then demonstrate these with clear measures. We have a commitment from Board level down through the company to deliver positive outcomes.”

He added: “At Battersea we will generate up to 500 new jobs and employ 114 apprentices, with a commitment to recruit from the local community and to help the long-term unemployed. We have a detailed sustainability plan for the full project, including innovative approaches like using the Thames to transport excavated material away from the site by barge. This one initiative alone saved the equivalent of 750 lorry journeys on local roads.  Our role in regenerating this area of London demonstrates our sustainability programme in action and our commitment to creating lasting social value in the communities in which we operate.“

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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