Engaging with our stakeholders

We want to make sure that our responsible business strategy remains relevant and meaningful to our stakeholders. In late 2015 we conducted an online survey with 1,500 employees and 370 external stakeholders to find out what issues were material to them. The process and results of the survey can be found here.

Our key stakeholder groups are shown below. Click on each to find out how we keep up to date with what is important to them.

Employees

  • Quarterly printed publication sharing best practice and details of our performance against the Total Commitments
  • A day off a year to take part in a volunteering project
  • Regular employee surveys
  • Invited to participate in three-yearly materiality surveys
  • 2025 Next Generation Panel

Potential recruits

  • Annual ‘Open Doors’ event
  • Working with external partners such as Opportunity Now, Remploy, STEMNET to create job opportunities
  • Local apprenticeship schemes
  • Engaging with schools
  • Undergraduate sponsorship
  • Graduate schemes

Investors

  • Communicating financial and shareholder information
  • Annual submission to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project)
  • Presentations and site visits for analysts
  • Invited to participate in three-yearly materiality surveys

Clients

  • Project-specific engagement
  • Case studies
  • Invited to participate in three-yearly materiality surveys

Supply chain partners

  • Supply Chain Sustainability School
  • Project-specific engagement
  • Toolbox talks for subcontractors
  • Minimum standards of performance for suppliers and subcontractors
  • Morgan Sindall Supply Chain Family
  • Innovation Day event

Joint venture partners

  • Joint venture project-specific engagement

Local communities

  • Project-specific community engagement
  • Dedicated full-time community liaison employees
  • Frequent charitable community projects

Industry associations

  • Involvement in sub-groups and task forces of industry groups
  • Sponsorship of initiatives
  • Consulted as part of the sustainability objectives-setting preparation process

Government/regulators

  • Annual reporting to the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme
  • Annual RIDDOR reporting
  • Annual greenhouse gas reporting
  • Annual CDP reporting
  • Input to legislation consultations both directly and via trade bodies as required

Stakeholder panels

We have set up three independently-chaired discussion panels.

2025 Next Generation panel

The 2025 Next Generation panel was set up to create a voice for change and consists of future potential leaders from across the Group aged between 24 and their early 30s.  The panel is tasked with identifying three projects a year that will drive improvements.  It is independently chaired and given a licence to challenge. 

Supply Chain panel

The Supply Chain panel consists of 12 members from across our supply chain. It meets quarterly with the Group's director of sustainability and procurement to share best practice and provide constructive challenge on our policy and approach.  The panel includes representatives from ALD Automotive UK, Arnold Laver, British Gypsum, Hanson UK, Jewson, Lafarge Tarmac, Lyreco, SIG plc, Speedy Services and Travis Perkins plc.

Client panel

The Client panel met in 2016, and consisted of a broad selection of clients from across the Group, representing a variety of markets.  The panel provided feedback on what clients are looking for in respect of sustainability and how we as a Group may help to deliver them.  Going forward, the divisions will organise separate client panels so that discussions can focus in more detail on the needs of specific markets.