Instalcom and our customers recognise the need that we ensure we create a better quality of life now and in the future in everything we plan and do. This means progressing economic and social development while moving quickly to live within resource limits and allowing the ecosystem to recover. The three areas of focus being the three P’s: People, Planet and Profit, or the “three pillars of sustainability”.
In addition to considering the environmental impact of design, recycling initiatives and engaging with the communities we work in the company works with industry and trade associations to share in best practice and benchmark performance. The “Supply Chain Sustainability School” is an example of an industry initiative and our commitment which is reflected in our current ‘Silver’ membership level.
Instalcom are also accredited to the ‘CEMARS’ standard or ‘Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme’. The scheme commits the company to monitoring our carbon emissions with a goal to reduce total emissions by 10% over 5 years. Progress against this target is independently audited by Achilles.
Giving back to the community
Instalcom have been awarded the Considerate Contractors Gold Award on numerous occasions over the years. Our most recent award was a Highly Commended Gold Award in recognition of the high standards that we met when undertaking work within The City of London. We are committed to creating life-long relationships with the communities we work in through giving us much back to society as we can.
All staff at Instalcom are covered by our Volunteering Policy as we encourage staff to volunteer and assist those who already do so by allowing paid time-off during working hours for charitable / volunteering activities. By offering time to volunteer our employees are building their confidence, learning new skills and benefiting from new experiences, whilst meeting people in need and giving back to the community.
Our target is to have 50% of employees using the volunteering policy by 2020.
Inspiring the next generation
Instalcom has an established Apprenticeship Scheme and is a signatory to the Energy Utility Skills Accord (EUSA). The EUSA requires each signatory to have 5% of their eligible workforce within an internal or external development programmes per annum. The EUSR was set up to address the UK skills shortage presented by an ageing workforce and Instalcom are actively engaged in the initiative to support the development of future generations to establish their career in the construction industry.
Work based placements / work experience / summer temps
As part of our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) enhancement programme we engage with local schools. We give talks and presentations, and arrange open days for school visits to our sites. This is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme, as well as part of our approach to EDI. These presentations are to give a non-gender biased introduction to Civil Engineering and utilities ranging from Power, Water, Telecoms, Oil & Gas and Rail sectors. Older pupils will continue to be introduced to our Apprenticeship Scheme and other employment opportunities within our company.
We also look to support local educational initiatives that promote civil engineering as an attractive, non-gender specific career choice. For the past 3 years we have recruited summer temps on leave from University across various Departments in order to encourage talent to join Instalcom. As part of our own EDI initiative we intend to build on our current success in work experience for local students. We also intend to increase work experience opportunities, extended to the unemployed, which we currently intend to do through contact with Job Centre Plus.