Some examples of social benefits that the judges were particularly impressed with include:
GRAHAM Construction, who have a network of regional offices in Scotland, is a privately owned company with a primary focus on constructing and maintaining infrastructure. They make the most efficient use of energy, reducing waste, recycling materials, using materials from sustainable sources, keeping pollutants, noise and dust to a minimum, and the use of environmentally friendly materials in the design of energy efficient buildings.
The VIBES Management Award recognises businesses whose management systems deliver continuous improvement in environmental performance. The category is aimed at businesses that are taking a holistic approach to environmental improvement and can demonstrate the associated economic and social benefits that have been achieved. GRAHAM Construction is to be commended for their approach to environmental improvements and the recognition that this is integral to their business model from the design stage through to construction. The judges considered that this was an exemplar in the construction industry and the commendation award for GRAHAM Construction is in recognition of this.
GRAHAM Construction is a company committed to reducing the effects of its site works. A dedicated environmental manager is employed, whose responsibility it is to ensure that environmental best practice is implemented at each site. All sites, regardless of their size, have an Environmental plan and site waste management plan.
The Judges were impressed with the level of information on GRAHAM Construction’s Environmental Policy and how this fits with the overall objective of the company. Policies are reviewed annually and are made available on the company website and also at the site project level. Environmental data is displayed on notice boards at the entrance to the working area for each site.
The company monitors their environmental improvement on a company and a site basis and has seen impressive improvements with their overall diversion of waste from landfill, which has increased from 77% in 2009/2010 to 94% in 2013/2014.
The company are operating a greener fleet software package that monitors fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, mileage and speed. Around 64 vehicles have trackers fitted and they have experienced a significant reduction in fuel use and associated economic benefit over past 2 years.
The judges were impressed with GRAHAM Construction’s approach to social benefit. There were many examples provided of community involvement. The company ethos is that their work with communities and charities provide benefits to the businesses and also makes the job more enjoyable for staff.
The judges were impressed with the company’s involvement in sharing ideas with the wider business audience – working with Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) to support workshops and providing case studies for RES and NetRegs. They have signed up to the Resource Efficiency Pledge supported by Resource Efficient Scotland.