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Carillion adds social data to its reporting portfolio

July 2000

The construction and engineering company Carillion has published its first environmental, community and social report.

The 32-page document, which also contains financial statistics, has been produced using the new Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, which were released at the end of last month after more than a year of testing by companies (EP2, 2000).

The report acknowledges that information on Carillion’s social impact is limited, but commits the company to conducting a survey to identify the ‘scope and nature’ of social data to include in its next report, due to appear in 2001.

In the meantime, the company says it will ‘widen the scope and nature’ of its dialogue with stakeholders, and will publish workforce diversity figures by 2001.

Carillion is an independent company which came into being when Tarmac demerged in July 1999. Tarmac has published an environmental report each year since 1994.

The new document shows that around half of the 94 targets set in the 1998 Tarmac environmental report were fully achieved during 1999. It also states that half its suppliers generally met environmental standards set by Carillion.

Carillion has created action plans for those suppliers which have not met the company’s environmental targets.

‘High risk suppliers’ are ‘encouraged to change their practices rather than being de-listed’, the report stresses.

The report also presents what it claims is the first environmental balance sheet for a construction site, outlining the total environmental costs and savings of a three-year building project in Kent.

Audited by Stanger Science and Environment, a consultancy owned by Carillion, and verified by EnvirosAspinwall, the report sets new targets to be achieved by 2002.

These include using more products from sustainable sources, addressing suppliers’ social performance, and possibly consulting with employees on their views about Carillion’s ‘values and culture’.

Carillion employs 13,233 staff worldwide and made pre-tax profits of £35million last year.


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