5 ways to promote fairness, inclusion and respect through your supply chain

Chrissi3-300x202We are often asked how best to promote fairness, inclusion and respect through supply chains. It can be a tricky business; the wrong decisions can cost your supply chain thousands and push them further backwards. It’s therefore important to understand how you can be most effective, what help is available and more importantly, how you can make sure fairness, inclusion and respect is seen as a business improvement tool, not a hurdle to jump over.

Here are five ways; you can…

  1. Treat them with respect. You must practice what you preach, if you are not fair to your supply chain how can you ask them to be fair to theirs? Often late payments drive a false self-employment model in sub-contracting companies which make fairness, inclusion and respect difficult to achieve; therefore the biggest impact to your supply chain might be to ensure your have a fair payment policy. This might sound like a big step but with the current skills shortage, becoming known as an ‘employer of choice’ could provide a winning long-term strategy for everyone.
  2. Listen to them. You won’t find out how to effectively support your supply chain unless you build trust with them. This will enable them to tell you the barriers they might face in creating an inclusive and fair culture. This is especially important if the barriers are something that you might be able to influence.
  3. Encourage them. Recognise their best practice and celebrate it, not just as part of the tender (though this should be part of it) but also on site, in your internal and external newsletters and in your publicity. You’ll be surprised how much people appreciate it when you notice their hard work.
  4. Support them. Appreciate your supply chain is usually smaller than you, which can make it harder for them to do the leg-work. So why not hold on-site training days to decrease the cost for staff – create  toolbox talks (or use Constructing Equality Ltd.’s free ones) around fairness, inclusion and respect for them, or direct them towards industry tools such as the CITB Be Fair framework.  Be Fair provides supporting documents and action plans that reduce the resource and labour cost to the business and attracts funding to cover financial costs.
  5. Value them. Make sure fairness, inclusion and respect forms part of your invitation to tender whether or not it’s asked for by the client. Ensure companies know that if they do take up this agenda you will consistently reward them for it. Use tools such as CITB’s Be Fair framework which includes a behavioural assessment to ensure they are doing what they say they are doing and not just completing the right paper work.

Then, once you’ve done all of that tell us so that we can promote your best practice and let you gain a little recognition for all of your hard work…

Online Training Launch

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After 8 months of designing, writing and testing with the industry, TODAY will see the soft launch of our one-hour Equality and Diversity online training. The training released today is split into three sections: – legal; benefits; and what you can do.  It is aimed at informing employees about the benefits of fairness, inclusion and respect in the workplace as well as engaging them with this agenda which will encourage them to see it as an important part of their role within their organisation.

Once again, we would like to offer our thanks to the companies and people that tested the product as well as those who took time to offer their feedback which has helped us to develop a product that is right for the industry. So thank you to Robertson, BAM, BAM Nuttall, CITB, Miller, Galliford Try, Vinci, CECA, CECA Members, CIC, Seddons, Wates, Bell GroupHochtief Murphy Joint Venture, Volkerstevin, NFB, Shepherds, ISG, Jackson Civils, Volker Fitzpatrick, Costain, Morgan Sindall, Volkerwessels, Balfour Beatty, Owen Pugh, The Clancy Group, Alun Griffiths, Crossrail, E C Harris, Select Plant Hire, Taylor Wimpey and Graham

Also, a big thank you to Construction Manager who did a write-up of the online training, which you can see here

For those of you interested in finding out more about our online training, you have a number of options: –

  1. Visit our website for information and pricing as well as to register your interest
  2. Buy a license – you can buy a yearly license for a set number of employees.
  3. Buy a fixed number of uses with the option to move to a license at a later date if desired.
  4. Try it on our online Learner Management System. If you would like to test the training before making any decisions we can give you a trial via our online Learner Management System.
  5. Sign up to our full launch webinar taking place on Thursday 3rd July 2014 at 12.30pm. This webinar will launch the full three-hour online training package that will sit alongside the one hour course released today. Please note the webinar intends to demonstrate the online learning package and will not include the full training courses.

From the webinar on 3rd July you will be able to select either the one-hour – or the three-hour course – whichever best suits your needs.

You can register your interest for both the online learning and for places on the webinar here or by emailing Patrick direct via Patrick@constructingequality.co.uk— we look forward to “seeing” you on the 3rd!