Our Responsible Business Plan helps us define how we put our commitments into practice both nationally and regionally, and how we will continue to make improvements
In order to achieve this, we need to align our business objectives with the needs and expectations of our people, our customers, our supply chain partners and our wider stakeholders, and doing business responsibly has never been more important.
As a part of the Morgan Sindall Group, we already work towards five Total Commitments, each one focuses on a key area of how we run our business and underpins how we think, act and operate.
Our Responsible Business Plan
Building on these total commitments, we’ve developed our own Responsible Business Plan to help us define how we put these commitments into practice both nationally and regionally, and how we will continue to make improvements
The plan will support us in working towards our vision and help reinforce our position as a leader in the industry. To make this real, we have established a set of Construction-specific commitments. The video below also explains our Responsible Business ambitions and approach, and to encourage and empower our teams to help us translate the plan into reality.
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Minimising our environmental impact
We know that the construction and regeneration sectors have a huge role to play in creating a sustainable environment, and we are taking seriously our responsibility for helping reduce carbon emissions for the benefit of our local communities – both now and into the future, these objectives are set out by our carbon reduction plan.
Which is why we place environmental awareness at the centre of our projects, and the decision-making processes surrounding the way we build.
By working collaboratively with our customers and supply chain partners, our teams have made significant strides in recent years to develop and deliver our projects in a sustainable way, from reduced travel or greener modes of transport for material deliveries, eco-friendly fuel options and a focus on the best possible sustainable materials for the job in hand.
However there is lots more to do, and we remain fully committed to minimising our environmental impact by implementing a range of measures through our Responsible Business Plan – a measurable and accountable demonstration of our commitment to delivering our Total Commitments, which are fully aligned to the UN Sustainable Goals.
Growing natural capital
As part of Morgan Sindall Group plc we're planting 270,000 trees at Dorn Valley Woodland as part of the Blenheim Palace estate and will be supporting the woodland for the next 25 years.
The saplings for the new woodland have been grown from the 1,000-year-oaks and they will be planting on main paths and entrances alongside other native trees. The woodlands will also be scientifically monitored to assess their effectiveness at removing carbon emissions, enhancing biodiversity, and cleaning up air and water.
Find out more about this ambitious project here.
A better way: Leading on action on climate change
Morgan Sindall Group plc has been recognised as leading on environmental action having been awarded a Grade A in our sector by CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project in 2020. CDP is an independent and voluntary carbon reporting scheme which assesses how companies cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop low-carbon alternatives.
Our parent company, Morgan Sindall Group plc is the only major UK-based contractor to be awarded the grading in 2020, acknowledging its continued efforts to meet its environmental targets and make its business more sustainable. Of 5,800 companies worldwide who took part, only 270 made the A-list.
CDP is an independent and voluntary carbon reporting scheme which assesses how companies cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop low-carbon alternatives.
The company has been singled out for its leadership in sustainability each year for the past four years.
“We are pleased, once more, to have been recognised as leading on environmental action within our sector,” said founder and Chief Executive John Morgan.
“We know that the construction and regeneration sectors have a genuine role to play in changing how everyone does business, placing environmental awareness at the very centre of our decision-making,” he added.
“We are changing how we manage our projects, the kinds of places we create and the legacy these leave. It’s better for the planet, for people and for business.”
We are committed to minimising environmental impact and are implementing a range of measures to achieve this. These include reducing carbon emissions, using responsible construction methods and sustainable materials and reducing waste. In 2020, for example, we aim to divert 94% of waste from landfill.
The company has a strong track record of environmental leadership, becoming the first construction company in the UK to achieve accredited science-based emission reduction targets and, in 2012, the first non-FTSE 350 company ever to be included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index.