During 2017, BAM Construct UK continued to contribute to Royal BAM Group’s sustainability strategy, as part of our overall strategy ‘Building the present, creating the future’. Working with colleagues from across the company, we have further defined our key themes of climate positive, resource positive and enhancing lives and have been learning how we’re tackling these across the wider business. For BAM Construct UK these aspirations and new focus represents a natural evolution of our approach. Our ultimate goal remains to have a positive impact, so we can deliver more value for clients and the communities in which we work.
We continue to implement a consistent program across the entire business to improve measurement and management of sustainability, which we see as key to improving performance. In 2017 we were recertified to the CEMARS Gold Standard and launched new challenging targets to 2020, based on a new 2015 baseline. We also began to report against our target to enhance 150,000 lives by 2020 as part of Royal BAMs overall target to enhance one million lives.
We have been particularly proud of the work our trainees and graduates have done as part of our enhancing lives challenge and in recognition they were finalists in the Investing in Talent awards, having delivered 75 students engagement activities, connecting with over 2,500 students, working with nine charities and raising over £15,000.
We further improved performance in our FM business, and in the 2017 Sustainable FM Index came in the top five placings, and was only one of two companies awarded the Gold standard in 2017.
In 2017 we continued to develop our understanding of how building’s perform, with the ultimate goal of reducing carbon, and improving the comfort, health and wellbeing of occupants. We now have an established network of building performance champions across the UK (backed by our board and championed also by a board director). During 2017 we worked with a range of clients to inform their approach to BPE and soft landings, including Coventry University, Lincoln University, ESFA, Argent, the NHS and Met Police.
We continue to take a leadership position to sharing best practice, and raising awareness and enabling discussions on important issues such as building performance, digital construction and the circular economy.
We identified six themes and corresponding targets from the UN Sustainable development goals which we will work towards as part of our strategy.