The CITB Be Fair framework is now up and running – we are the only provider licensed to deliver and consult on the framework and we have already signed up the first few companies including E R Williams and Emanuel Whittaker and MWT Civil Engineering. The CITB have pledged £100,000 to the first 100 companies to pass the framework and if that’s not reason enough to sign up we thought we would give you six more.
- Your clients are doing it – main contractors who have already worked through the framework include Vinci, Morgan Sindall, Wates, Graham, ISG and Lend Lease. What’s more the Highways Agency has backed the framework alongside Crossrail, and where infrastructure goes, the rest of public procurement follows.
- The industry needs it – the challenges the industry has around retention, skills shortage, recruitment and equality are mostly structural. This means that they are bigger than any one company; therefore individual companies looking to overcome these challenges are likely to have to work extremely hard. Even then they risk key talent that they have developed being poached by others who didn’t put the time in earlier. This means that the main way to overcome these challenges is working together as a sector and agreeing to key areas of improvement. This is where Be Fair comes in; it subtly changes industry culture and practices in a way that moves everyone forward.
- It gives more than it gets – it contains a ridiculous amount of advice and support. The framework aims to change the sector, not simply run up costs. So whilst you can pay for additional advice and guidance to help you though, you don’t have to. The framework is prescriptive and provides supporting documents so that even if you have no clue what you’re doing, as long as you follow the documentation, (at the accredited level at least) you should pass.
- It’s designed for industry and understands its challenges – it’s designed to embed change, through modules that fit the industry including supply chain and site environment alongside more traditional areas like organisational employment, policies and procedures and leadership. This means that more than one person can take ownership of each module (especially in larger companies) to spread the load and the ownership. The framework is behaviourally assessed, which means that even if you have the best paperwork in the world it won’t matter if your staff are not brought in. This allows us to credit the best in the industry, not just those that look good on paper.
- It works for your business – already the framework has received a lot of praise with companies reporting a 10% rise in positive attitudes to equality and a 5% increase in overall employee engagement, increases in communications and motivation as well as positive attitudes across the business. Our stance on equality is that it should benefit business – that’s the point after all; equality is a solution to business need.
- CITB and the industry are backing it as a strategy for positive cultural change – the industry has aligned behind the framework from the CITB itself to the UKCG; this was a strategic agreement that this is the way forward for industry. Worried that different constructors would adopt different standards for their supply chains, industry groups and boards got together to agree one framework for the sector. That framework is the CITB Be Fair framework.
Next steps: so if you want to find out more about the framework you can call our offices on 0151 706 8132 for a no obligation overview, email one of our business advisors firstname.lastname@example.org or Patrick@constructingequality.co.uk or visit the CITB website.