Construction industry vetting system

At Carillion we pride ourselves on our strong Values and high standards of corporate governance and we do not condone or engage in blacklisting.

A former Carillion subsidiary, Crown House, accessed a database operated by The Consulting Association (TCA) but this was stopped voluntarily back in 2004. Carillion has apologised for our former subsidiary’s use of the database and we have sought to be transparent in clarifying the extent of our historic involvement with TCA.

Indeed, ever since the closure of The Consulting Association in 2009, we have been focused on trying to do the right thing by affected workers.

This was why in 2014 we set up The Construction Workers Compensation Scheme (TCWCS), together with seven other construction companies, to provide those who felt they had been impacted by the existence of the vetting system with a fast and simple way of accessing compensation.

In October 2015, the construction companies acknowledged that the system operated by The Consulting Association was unlawful in various respects and made a full public apology, which was widely reported at the time.

More recently, together with Balfour Beatty, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci PLC we announced that we had settled the litigation relating to the activities of the Economic League and the Consulting Association.

These construction companies now wish to continue to work together with the trade unions at national, regional and site level to ensure that the modern UK construction industry provides the highest standards of employment and HR practice for its workforce.

Our recruitment policies are robust and up to date, and very clear about acceptable practice in recruitment. We can confirm that we do not discriminate against any individuals, including those who may have appeared on TCA database or any related lists.

We have also taken steps to communicate our position on blacklisting very clearly to subcontractors and suppliers.

If you’d like more information, please contact our Press Office.

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