Stronger Together is a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery, particularly hidden forced labour, labour trafficking and other hidden third party exploitation of workers.
Together with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) we have developed a specialist, in-depth industry programme supporting construction companies in tackling modern slavery. The Construction Programme project sponsors are Multiplex, Saint-Gobain, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Willmott Dixon and the sector-specific programme continues to grow.
In this programme, businesses across the supply chain are supported in taking action to mitigate modern slavery within their own operations, with their sub-contractors and suppliers, their labour providers, their service providers and beyond. A specialist training workshop and free resources such as a best practice toolkit are available. “Concrete” is a powerful short film based on a true story that highlights the importance of site managers and others in the industry knowing how to spot and respond appropriately to potential incidents and victims of modern slavery. The programme provides a safe platform and support network for sharing challenges and good practice with peers and experts.
“Our decision to join Stronger Together reflects our commitment to combatting modern slavery and human trafficking within our business and our supply chain. It doesn’t mean telling people what to do – it means learning, sharing information and making sure this is a journey we are all on together. We are actively working to create a common approach and implement effective measures to tackle modern slavery in the construction industry, and we are delighted to co-sponsor Stronger Together’s construction programme.”
Dr Eva Gkenakou, Sustainability Director, Multiplex Construction Europe
“Becoming a Sponsor of the Stronger Together Construction Programme has enabled Saint-Gobain to benefit from their professional guidance and support in evolving our approach to tackling Modern Slavery. Stronger Together’s training workshops, practical tools and resources have equipped employees and suppliers with best practices on how Modern Slavery and Forced labour can be recognised and eliminated in the UK Construction Sector. Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland is a broad organisation and we aim to operate our businesses with the highest levels of responsibility underpinned by our Principles of Conduct and Action and our long-standing commitments to global agreements such as the UN Declaration on Human Rights and Modern Slavery. Stronger Together has been a valuable organisation to help support our evolution.”
“Stronger Together has been a huge benefit to our business and our supply chain partners by providing access to great resources and bespoke training. Stronger Together has enabled us to collaborate with our peers, as well as other industries, to tackle some of the key challenges that we all face in regards to modern slavery. We are very proud to be part of this initiative and would encourage others to join us.”
“We are proud to co-sponsor Stronger Together’s Construction Programme. As a Developer, Constructor and Operator of major retail, commercial and residential developments, the programme enables us to influence the supply chain, to become better informed and to take action against modern slavery within our sector. We are able to actively contribute to the tool kits created by the Stronger Together team, to ensure that they are relevant and effective. Our involvement as a co-sponsor confirms our own commitment to tackle modern slavery within our business and our supply chain.”
If you are interested in becoming a Construction Programme project sponsor please get in touch.
Concrete: our awareness raising short film to find out more about exploitation in the construction sector.
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The CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. The CIOB has a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and has been doing that since 1834. Its members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. The CIOB accredits university degrees, educational courses and training. Its professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets.