The VGC Group has developed the following policy based on social, environmental and economic needs. This policy is further supported by a sustainability plan and objectives.
We will seek to involve the local community where applicable, and keep residents fully informed of any work activities which may affect their homes and day-to-day lives. All work will be carried out with positive consideration to the needs of any local traders and businesses, site personnel and visitors, the general public and the environment in general. Full and regular consultations regarding programming and work activities will be maintained from pre-start to completion. Special attention will be given to the needs of those with sight, hearing and mobility difficulties.
We fully support the use of local labour and training of personnel. We recognise that this improves the local community, addresses industry skill shortages and helps people to find meaningful employment. We will implement our EDI policy to ensure that good working relationships between workers are maintained.
Whereever possible we will give consideration to the use of local suppliers for materials and services.
We are committed to protecting the environment. In all those projects for which we have direct or partial responsibility, we will carry out environmental impact assessments to identify those activities that pose a risk to the environment, and introduce control measures that either eliminate or reduce those risks to an acceptable level. Attention will be given, but not limited, to noise, dust, light intrusion, pollution, vegetation, ecological, areas of conservation, and waste management.
We will endeavour to use environmentally-friendly construction materials and equipment, and to ensure that products are procured from sustainable and / or fair trade sources. We will also endeavour to measure and reduce energy usage, and recycle and reclaim materials to reduce our overall carbon footprint.
We are committed to the principles of best value, the benefits of which contribute to the growth of the economy, and thus increase opportunities within the industries we work in. The economic benefits include:
- more predictable workload and profit levels
- repeat business opportunities
- cost savings
- improved predictability and cost certainty
- phased, overlapped programmes within strategic agreements.
We are committed to inward investment. We take a pivotal role in providing employment opportunities both during training and for permanent employment thereafter, either directly or through our approved register of specialist labour sub-contractors.
Laurence McKidd, managing director