Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd recognise the need for sustainable development as defined in the 1987 Brundtland Report; “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, and understand the three pillars of sustainability in terms of environmental, social and economic responsibility.
We are committed to being a best practice exemplar of practical and reasonable sustainable construction initiatives.
In addition to this, we are committed to maintaining high corporate social standards and minimising the adverse environmental impacts of all company operations.
We recognise that we have an integral responsibility for all matters of general concern to the society in which we operate and to all of our own, and society's Stakeholders.
Buckingham Group's strategy is to understand the needs of all stakeholders and interested parties and respond to them. We aim to assist every individual and organisation working with us in understanding and delivering sustainability and sustainable development by:
- The delivery of our business plans creating and maintaining a sustainable profitable business that protects and enhances the continued employment and career development opportunities for our own employees
- Establishing objectives and targets according to the nature of our activities, business and other legal requirements
- Monitoring, measuring and reviewing our performance against agreed targets and benchmarks to facilitate continuous improvement
- Ensuring compliance to all legal and client compliance obligations with regards to the environment and sustainability
- Ensuring that our supply chain fully reflects our commitment to the environment and sustainability
- Supporting key industry wide best practices including, but not limited to, BREEAM, CEEQUAL and the Considerate Constructors Scheme
- Encourage the use and specification of innovative sustainable products and services and communicate best practise.
- Make a balanced decision on procuring goods based on fair and open competition plus the three pillars of sustainability, economic, social and environment factors
- Consider the whole life costs of materials from cradle to grave from tender, design, construction and subsequent operation of projects
- Offer career development, training and coaching, supporting our people to be diverse, engaged, motivated and competent, working towards sustainable development of our business
- Employ entry level employees to secure the future of our workforce e.g. graduates and apprentices
- Engage positively and respect the local communities in which we work, both through specific project engagement and through company-wide initiatives
- Respecting people, their local community and the local environment
- Add social value to the areas we work through maximising procurement opportunities from, local, Small to Medium sized companies and social enterprises. Influence and support our supply chain to do the same
- Work closely with our Clients and Local Agencies to create employment, work experience training and development opportunities within the communities in which we work
- Designing and construct for minimum waste and optimal re-use/recycling of existing assets
- Minimising energy efficiency in construction and invest in systems, processes, plant and equipment to measure and minimise carbon emissions
- Consider the whole lifecycle cost of carbon including minimising capital carbon associated with materials and minimising carbon using the operation of the final product e.g. through using materials with recycled content and building energy efficient products.
- Maintaining Planet Mark Accreditation in support of our commitment to reduce our CO2 emissions by at least 5% per annum
- Minimising potable water use during construction and considering operational water use in the final product
- Conserving the natural biodiversity of the areas we work in and enhancing it where possible
- Minimise the use of natural raw materials and looking for sustainable alternative options
- Use of responsibly sourced materials and non-toxic materials to minimise environmental harm