A County Durham-based construction firm which has signed up to The Journal’s Pay Fair campaign has boosted its ethical credentials further by signing up to the CITB Be Fair Framework.
Hodgson Sayers, a £15m business that employs 106 people in Stanley, has made major efforts in recent years to emphasise its socially responsible ethos.
In 2014, it became the first construction firm in the North East to sign up to the Living Wage initiative.
Now, managing director John Sayers says he keen to demonstrate to all staff that they are vital to the business and valued for their contributions.
“We see initiatives such as the Living Wage as a no-cost option,” he said. “It is simple - we value our employees and we want to retain them long term.
“As we move into 2015 we are now keen to embrace the CITB Be Fair Framework. This is an initiative we have been aware of for a little while and we were keen to know more about it. The concept of working towards a fairer, more inclusive and respectable industry is something we are keen to support.”
Mr Sayers said the firm had gained in-depth knowledge of the framework at an event held by Constructing Excellence North East.
There the business learned how the initiative works to help the industry overcome its challenges - from addressing unfair practices to perceived inequalities.
“We back the call of the CITB, which has identified that a unified effort is needed from all involved in the industry, from the main contractor down through the supply chain - and within both the public and private sectors - to help create a more fair, diverse and profitable workplace,” he said.
“So, having placed our support behind this initiative we want to positively promote the CITB’s key messages of Fairness – treating everyone equally - Inclusion – allowing people to be themselves and valuing their commitment - and Respect – maintaining an environment where individual ideas and concepts are respected.
“We already strive to achieve such goals and this is a way of showcasing our commitment to our people and the sector.”
The framework is designed to allow progression, with businesses first becoming accredited at a bronze level before working their way up to silver and gold.
“This is a good way for us to monitor our progress and measure the positive impact it is having within the company,” Mr Sayers said.
“It is also down to us as a company to present approaches that are relevant to solving or reducing industry challenges, putting them in place and showcasing our evidence and the impact they may have had.
“If successful, good practices would be shared throughout the sector and the wider environment. We look forward to the challenge.”
Through the Pay Fair campaign, The Journal is encouraging North East companies of all sizes to take a responsible and ethical approach to paying firms within their supply chain.
We are asking firms to sign the Business Ethics Pledge created by the North East Institute of Business Ethics, thereby agreeing to join with others to discuss the value of business ethics and to work with each other to transform their working environments for the better.
For more information, see http://www.nibe.org.uk/ .