Carillion has been confirmed as one of the UK’s leading responsible businesses in Business in the Community’s annual Corporate Responsibility (CR) Index, maintaining a prime place in BITC’s independent cross-sector benchmark for the 14th year in succession.
Achieving a score of 96%, Carillion maintained its Four Star ranking in the Industrial Goods and Services sector. The average score of the CR Index has remained high at 90% – demonstrating the continued relevance of corporate responsibility to long-term business success.
The CR Index is one of the most respected national indicators to show how far businesses have successfully integrated responsible business practice into their operations. Assessing extensive factors across economic, environmental and social responsibility, and underpinned by publicly available evidence, the Index covers everything from culture and values to environmental impact, community engagement and transparency.
The 2016 CR Index is published as part of Responsible Business Week (18-22 April) – an annual campaign to inspire businesses to take action to creates positive change in society – while raising awareness of the action business is taking. This week, Carillion’s Chief Executive, Richard Howson is also personally leading a visit to King’s Cross to help other companies see at firsthand the positive impact that long-term, authentic community engagement can have in areas like education, employment and enterprise.
The impact that Carillion’s people had on their communities included reaching nearly 45,000 school children through employee volunteering, with up to 6 days paid volunteer leave available each year. The company also recently achieved its 1000th work placement for disadvantaged groups, and confirmed that £6 in every £10 of its 2015 expenditure went to local and SME companies to help drive regional economic growth.
“Businesses without visionary sustainability, inspiring engagement, responsible compliance or public trust are businesses without competitive futures. Our people and our partnerships continue to build a better business, connect a better society and create a better environment. For Carillion, sustainability is key to how we shape our competitive future, and it’s how our people create even more inspiring stories for tomorrow.”
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “Genuine responsible business starts in the engine room of companies. It’s about how companies translate their values into behaviour and decision making, create the right culture and drive societal and economic value in the process. The CR Index helps companies take an in-depth look at their business from the inside out and it’s encouraging to see companies increasingly integrated responsible business into business at all levels. This year’s Index also reinforces the opportunity companies have to think much longer term to address pressing issues such as climate change. I congratulate Carillion for achieving its ranking and look forward to working together to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future.”