UK Construction Week (UKCW) has become a Professional Partner of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the national organisation established by the construction industry to improve its image.
As a Professional Partner, UKCW has made a commitment to improving the image of the construction industry and comply with all aspects of the Scheme’s Event Code of Considerate Practice.
Construction industry-related events impact on the communities, environment, and the workforce, and therefore have a huge impact on the image of the construction industry. The Code and its associated guidelines give such events the opportunity to help ensure their representation has a positive impact on the image of the industry as a whole.
The Scheme’s Code compliments and builds upon UKCW’s Exhibitors Code of Conduct Policy, which was introduced in February 2018. It consists of five key areas:
- Care about Appearance – Events should present a positive, professional image at all times.
- Respect the Community – Events should be a good neighbour and support the local community.
- Protect the Environment – Events should minimise their environmental impact.
- Secure everyone’s Safety – Events should take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all.
- Value the Workforce – Events should care for and support all those working at the event.
Construction-related events provide a great opportunity to showcase the construction industry at its very best. They have a hugely important role to play in ensuring that a positive image of the construction industry is achieved and that standards in considerate construction are met and improved upon year on year.
UKCW Event Director Nathan Garnett said: “It absolutely makes sense to apply the principles of the Considerate Constructors Scheme to a major national event of this scale. UK Construction Week is the construction industry’s largest event, covering more than 70,000 square metres and with more than 650 exhibitors. It is, in effect, one big construction site for many days and has many of the same impacts.
“Having this partnership with the CCS is a fundamental part of our commitment to ensuring a considerate event of the highest quality, which also promotes a very positive image of construction to everyone involved during the week and behind the scenes.”
Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “We are delighted to welcome UKCW as a Professional Partner of the Scheme. UKCW is in a prime position of working in collaboration with its exhibitors, supply chain, workforce, presenters and attendees to ensure a positive image of our industry, not just for themselves, but for the industry as a whole.
“As with all Scheme-registered construction sites, companies and suppliers we will be monitoring, providing guidance and creating reports for UKCW on the event’s performance, and how it can raise it standards even further in the future. We will be monitoring various aspects of the event, including the set-up and dismantling as well as monitoring the event itself. Each stage of the event has an impact on the environment, workforce and the local community – in this case the event’s attendees and local communities surrounding the event venue.
“We look forward to our partnership with UKCW and helping the event raise its standards of consideration in these three critical areas.”
In addition to the Professional Partnership, the Scheme will also be speaking on three panel sessions at UKCW 2018 from 9-11 October at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information visit https://www.ukconstructionweek.com/