Over the last 12 months we at Constructing Equality Ltd have been piloting the Be Fair Framework for CITB – this is a construction-specific accreditation framework that helps and recognises companies committed to addressing fairness, inclusion and respect across their business and workforce in a challenging but managed learning process.
Be Fair allows companies to achieve accreditation at different levels appropriate to where each company is currently performing in respect of complying with basic employment law (accredited), complying with public sector requirements (bronze), developing good practice for themselves (silver) or leading for the sector (gold).
The pilot has seen 39 trailblazing companies reaching an assessment point to be recognised at either ‘accredited’ or ‘bronze’ level during this development phase of Be Fair in order to test the robustness and validity of the product.
The sub-contractor and main contractor companies that have reached the assessment point come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small subs like Decorous Painting Contractors and InterCeil Ltd to large mains like Morgan Sindall and Graham Construction.
They have all contributed to the further development and refinement of the CITB Be Fair Framework in order to make it the best fit for the construction sector through their participation and have ensured it is a framework written, developed and tested by the industry for the industry.
The full list of companies who have reached assessment are: –
• Graham • Wates • ISG • Morgan Sindall • Vinci • BAM • Mitie • Lend Lease • Decorous Painting Contractors • InterCeil Ltd • Holloway Cook Associates • Highwire Ltd • Complete Access (Scaffolding) Ltd • Walter Carefoot and Sons Ltd • Rodden and Cooper • J Sives Surfacing Ltd • ASC Edinburgh Ltd • Durkan Ltd • Mineral Star Construction Ltd • Southport Gate Ltd • Macform Ltd • Admiral Scaffolding • MAC Roofing and Contracting Ltd • Peri Ltd • Alexandra Tool Hire • Cull Dry Lining and Plastering Ltd • Currall, Lewis and Martin • MTM Construction Ltd • Penny Lane Builders Ltd • DCT Civil Engineering • The Sovini Group • K & M McLoughlin • Meldrum Construction Services • Safedem • T and B (Contractors) Ltd • John Rodriguez Plastering Ltd • R L Davies
We are very proud of how the pilot companies have performed and of the achievements they have made for themselves and on behalf of the sector in demonstrating that construction can become a fair, inclusive and respectful industry for all.
Graham Construction are clearly very happy with their experience as has been highlighted by the CITB in their release last week.
But more than anything we are so very proud to have been able to work with and support so many fantastic like-minded people and companies who are committed to ensuring that our industry can be a fair place to work and can become a career of choice sooner rather than later!
“I now see the real work of embedding the framework in our procedures and processes beginning in earnest now – and particularly in working with our supply chain to bring them fully on board.”
“I started the process with you and hopefully you will be there for us when we reach our level 4 pass -Thanks for all your help during the process.”
“Thanks for all your help during the process.”
Angela Carney, InterCeil Ltd.
“All I can say is WOOHOOO! Admiral were proud to be asked by CITB to participate in the Be Fair Pilot programme. The entire process has made us more aware of how we can provide for our current and potential employees by showing that we are a fair and equal workplace… we have made some very positive changes that will benefit the entire organisation…and Constructing Equality have been great throughout the entire process, providing support and direction when we needed it..”
“Thank you so much for ALL your attentiveness and quality of support – The overall experience of this pilot is highly commendable and I would not hesitate to recommend this to other construction companies.”
“What lovely news for a Monday morning! We are absolutely thrilled (and relieved!) with this achievement and would like to return the thanks to you for your time, effort, assistance and patience with us.”
If this has whetted your appetite to see how you might measure up against the Be Fair Framework, visit the registration page on CITB’s website and sign up to register your interest in the framework. This will ensure you are advised of the launch dates and events and that you get first option of taking up a place on the framework to work towards your assessment when CITB launch it across the sector in June.