Responsible business practices, such as delivering positive environmental or social impacts, are usually very good for business, and especially in commercial supply chains. 'Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR), also referred to by leading lights as 'Corporate Sustainability' is a growing opportunity for ECA members. For many contractors the opportunity is to win work, but for everyone, it's a real opportunity raise a positive profile for member companies, and the industry at large.
Many clients and main contractors ask about CSR issues during their procurement processes, and one of our aims is to help members respond more effectively to these enquiries. The ECA already offers a range of tailored support for members, including expert guidance on managing CSR and associated topics such as sustainability, health and safety, and ethical employment, and how to engage with CSR pre-qualification questions.
Meanwhile, many of our micro, small to medium member companies are a real force for good in their local communities, and we also aim to make more of their individual and collective contribution to social and environmental responsibility.
Last autumn, the ECA joined the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), a national scheme that aims to help improve the image of the construction industry. The CCS promotes a ‘Code of Considerate Practice’ which covers how firms engage with local communities, and how they manage environmental issues, ensure health and safety in and around building sites, and engage with their workforce.
As the Chief Executive of the CCS Edward Hardy notes, ‘CSR is a core part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice...every part of construction has an essential role in helping to improve the image of the industry.’ The same can be said for the substantial work our members do in the wider engineering services sector, for both domestic and commercial clients.
The ECA has a preferential arrangement with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which allows ECA members to receive a discount on registration with the voluntary scheme.
In addition, to find out more about the current state of play across our sector, we recently launched a 'Corporate Social Responsibility in Electrotechnical' Survey, alongside the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The survey should establish the extent to which ECA members, and the supply chain, are currently engaged with CSR, and what topics that involves.
The ECA’s CSR survey is open until the end of Friday 5 May.
There are 24 questions and it should take no longer than 5 or 6 minutes to complete. Respondents will also be entered into a draw for an Apple iPad Mini. Your input is welcome; please click here to respond to the survey.