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Leading firms make pledge on fair treatment of construction staff

09/07/2015

Some of the leading construction firms have come together to launch an initiative aimed at promoting the fair and ethical treatment of construction staff and subcontractors.

British Land, Crossrail and Morgan Sindall are just some of the 35 co-authors behind the UK Manifesto For Ethical Sourcing in Construction, which will be published later this month.

Clients, contractors, designers, manufacturers and suppliers have also backed the scheme.

The manifesto aims to help the industry broaden its commitment to responsible sourcing and procurement to include the fair treatment of staff.

Professor Jacqueline Glass, who helped to draw up the manifesto, said: “The challenge is simply too large for any one organisation to tackle alone. Construction must learn from others, plus share knowledge and best practice. Collaboration is key.

“Ethical sourcing is on the radar for construction clients, plus recent damaging and tragic events in other sectors, such as food production and fashion, have really raised the alarm. The industry simply must wake up to the ethical risks that it faces.”

Writing the manifesto involved leading construction industry figures getting together with experts in business transparency, supply chain and ethics.

They shared their ideas online before meeting at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London to agree on the official draft.

Among the experts contributing their knowledge to the scheme was TV presenter Oliver Heath, as well as representatives from Fairtrade International and the Ethical Trading Initiative.

According to the team behind the manifesto, it has become standard practice for the construction industry to manage environmental risks and social sustainability.

But people, employment and payment issues are still to see the same kind of commitment

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