13 April 2017
The IMPACT: CSR in construction roadshows have come to an end and what a success they were! Delegates found the events extremely useful, returning to the office with a pocket full of knowledge and tips around how to improve and implement their CSR.
The IMPACT: CSR in construction roadshows have come to an end and what a success they were! Delegates found the events extremely useful, returning to the office with a pocket full of knowledge and tips around how to improve and implement their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
As part of the roadshows we carried out short live surveys to assess delegates’ perceptions of CSR at the beginning and the end of each event. The results that emerged were very interesting and differed at each location.
The main purpose of the VoxVote was to assess whether people’s perceptions of CSR and their business needs changed throughout the day. Perceptions of delegates varied across the different regions that the roadshows were undertaken in, however post roadshow the knowledge transferred throughout the day changed peoples’ perceptions of CSR in a positive way. Delegates went away understanding that CSR is more than just supporting communities and issues outside of the organisation, to understanding that it’s about their employees, their stakeholders, and also about the environment.
Karen Dawes, head of business & skills at the NFB said:
It was great to see that people gained so much from the day and were able to take away this knowledge and improve CSR within their business knowing that it’s about taking a holistic approach considering social, economic, and environmental factors.
Conversations and comments made by delegates throughout each of the days also affirmed the live survey results with some people reporting that they didn’t realise CSR is also about their employees and supply chains as well as the community. Watch this video to hear some of the views from the delegates themselves.
Delegates were also asked whether they thought that CSR could help to solve the skills shortage. Across all the regions, opinions varied again. Speakers, such as Mark Farmer at the roadshow in London, and the workshops delivered throughout each of the events detailed how CSR can indeed help to attract talent. Views on this shifted by the end of each event with the majority agreeing that CSR can play a part in helping to attract talent and reduce skills shortages.
Overall the roadshows were a huge success. The NFB and the project partners are extremely pleased with the outcomes of the roadshows and would like to thank everyone involved, especially the fantastic speakers who provided their time and valuable insight and knowledge to over 100 delegates across the country.
The CITB-funded IMPACT: CSR in construction project offers a range of support to construction businesses to assist with their CSR, no matter what stage they are at in the journey or where they would like to take CSR within their organisation. You can find more information on our dedicated web portal or by calling the NFB Business & Skills team on 03450 570 042.