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The People strand of our ESG strategy is based on one simple commitment: to create and maintain a company that is a great place to work for.

A great place to work for us, means celebrating diversity and inclusion, it's where everyone's health and wellbeing is a priority, and where colleagues can make a positive difference to the Group and society. The themes that emerge from our annual employee engagement survey 'Your Voice' shape our priorities as we work towards our 2025 Future People objectives.

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Our key focus areas for Future People:

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What we said we would do in 2023

What we did

Invest in our people

  • Increase the number of learning days per employee to 9.3 days
  • Further developed our internal learning and development curriculum 
  • Created a new role of Professional Development Manager to build awareness of relevant qualifications and support learners to be successful

Invest percentage of employees from under-represented groups

  • Held monthly 'lunch and learn' sessions covering a wide range of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) topics
  • Following on from communicating our diversity charter, we established EDI champions across the business

Maintain zero non-compliance performance of our policies

  • We had zero cases of non-compliance during the year

Drive a zero harm at work agenda

  • Remained ahead of our 2025 target with an incident rate of 4.9% of the national average for the construction industry
  • Reduced our total number of minor incidents by 34%


  • Group employee engagement rating: 80%
  • Voluntary staff turnover: below 20%
  • Group investment in learning: 4.5 days
  • Increase in under-represented groups: to better reflect national profile
  • Inclusivity approach: supported by recognised accreditations
  • Health and safety incident rate: less than 5% of the national average
  • Employee volunteering: 5,000 hours annually

Our 2025 targets (date unless otherwise stated)