FIR commitment: ‘Better for Everyone’

FIR commitment: ‘Better for Everyone’

VGC is one of the contractors calling on the construction industry to take a stand on fairness, inclusion and respect (FIR).

VGC is proud to be one of the initial 36 signatories to the FIR commitment ‘Better for Everyone’ campaign, which launched this week.

With an unprecedented number of infrastructure projects in the pipeline, the UK construction industry needs to swiftly address the skills shortage, and organisations right across the sector have come together to promote FIR. This commitment by major industry players is an important step in changing perceptions of construction.

FIR commitment logoWe believe that embedding FIR in all we do is key to attracting and retaining the best people.

Involved in the Supply Chain Sustainability School since 2011, VGC is part of the school’s Fairness, Inclusion and Respect network. The company has three trained FIR ambassadors who help to ensure that we live up to these important principles.

“We believe that our workforce should reflect the communities in which we work,” said Ciara Pryce, group services director. “We know that people work best when they feel supported and appreciated for the strengths they bring to the job, regardless of background. Our differences make us who we are; individuals who come together to make a great team.

“We need people to want to build careers in engineering and construction. That will benefit the VGC Group, our partners and our clients.”

The FIR programme is being delivered by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) and the Supply Chain Sustainability School with funding and support from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). VGC has been a gold partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School since 2015.

Read more about how we promote fairness, respect, diversity and inclusion.