nmcn and Sky join a growing group of international businesses committing to tackle modern slavery in the construction sector, by sponsoring Stronger Together’s Construction Programme.
National construction firm nmcn and Sky join other committed sector leaders to promote greater awareness, develop capability and provide sector-specific support through tools and resources.
Pamela Zielinski, Stronger Together’s Construction Programme Manager stated, “We are delighted to welcome both nmcn and Sky as Sponsors of our growing Construction Programme. They join an active group of businesses (Multiplex, Saint-Gobain, Willmott Dixon and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield) in publicly committing to tackle modern slavery in the construction sector. The Sponsors work to decrease the risks of modern slavery in their business and through their supply chain by sharing their learning and by funding our sector-specific workshops, and a range of free resources. We are excited to work collaboratively in 2021 and beyond to tackle modern slavery in UK construction.”
Established by Stronger Together in October 2017 together with development partners, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Construction Programme aims to bring industry wide change. To date, the programme has focused on:
- Improving site education – by providing free pragmatic resources, including videos, worker posters and leaflets in multiple languages and free policy and process templates to increase awareness and address Modern Slavery risks.
- Assessing the risks – developing pragmatic tools such as the Tackling Modern Slavery in Construction Toolkit and the Supplier Self-Assessment Questionnaire to risk assess all levels of the supply chain from labour to materials.
- Increasing knowledge and capacity – through sector-specific training to ensure construction businesses across the supply chain understand Modern Slavery, how it affects the sector, how to spot the signs and introduce a best practice strategic framework to ensure effective steps are taken.
- Shared and collaborative learning – with the Sponsors who make up our Steering Group, we explore practical challenges and co-develop solutions to increase organisational capability and effectiveness in tackling modern slavery.
Jamie Swanston, Group Procurement and Supply Chain Director and Project Sponsor at nmcn, said:
“At nmcn we place sustainability at the centre of our business and aim to have a positive impact on everything we touch. We are excited to work with Stronger Together and to draw on industry best practice on modern day slavery and supply chain engagement.
“It will be a step forward in addressing the potential risks of modern slavery and labour exploitation in our supply chain as well as contribute in the Stronger Together Construction Steering Group to tackle this prominent issue. This will support the great work we are delivering as part of our 2025 Positive Impact Plan and Better Business priority.”
Diana Foxlee, Director of Sky Spaces said:
“At Sky we are committed to addressing the risks of modern slavery in our operations and supply chain. As the end client of two major construction projects, we’re delighted to be working with Stronger Together and our delivery partners to develop a good practice model for the role brands can play in collaborating with construction firms on modern slavery on such projects from pre-contract to completion.”
Find out more about the Stronger Together Construction programme at www.stronger2gether.org/construction
Notes to editor:
Contact: [email protected]
Stronger Together is a business-led initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery, particularly forced labour, labour trafficking and other hidden third-party exploitation of workers. They provide guidance, training, resources and a network for employers, labour providers, workers and their representatives to work together to reduce exploitation.
nmcn Plc (formerly known as North Midland Construction Plc/ Nomenca Ltd) is a leading engineering and construction company in the UK. Its talented 1800-strong team offers multi-sector engineering and construction skills, technical innovation, design and specialist fabrication.
The company delivers major built environment and water industry projects across the UK – from buildings and highways to large-scale water networks and treatment plants. With its history dating back to 1946, nmcn now has 12 UK offices and four off-site manufacturing facilities.