Mark Robinson, group chief executive of SCAPE, said: “As a voice for the public sector and its construction partners, we can give social enterprises a platform to ensure projects are delivered for the benefit of local communities across the UK.
“An ever-greater emphasis is being placed on procurement delivering the value a building can add to the community through the course of its life, from construction through to operation. By sourcing and engaging social suppliers across the built environment, contractors can show how they are reinvesting in local communities and helping to create jobs, promote skills and support the ongoing recovery.
“Our ambition is for the portal to become the go-to platform for social procurement in the built environment sector, bringing together socially-focused suppliers and contractors to champion conscientious construction.”
Danni Aberg added:
“Every time clients engage BAM they know we bring a proactive attitude to giving something back. It’s not a passive commitment, it’s one we will generate without being asked, but it is something that we, together with our clients and the rest of the industry, can do so much more about, by working together. That’s why the portal is such a good idea.”
In recent months BAM has announced a huge reduction in its carbon footprint – emissions are 45% lower today than they were five years ago. It recently generated 9000 jobs and 200 apprentices plus £60 million of orders for local firms relating to just three schemes within a half-mile walk in central Birmingham. It is a key player in the Construction Industry Hub, leading work to modernise the construction industry as a whole.
You can find out more about The Social Partnership Portal and register here