Delivering Sustainable Growth

Sustainability is central to our strategy

Approach

We recognise that being sustainable makes us more efficient, helps us to win work, engages our employees and benefits communities and the environment. This is why our sustainability commitments are integral to our strategy. Importantly, they are at the core of delivering stakeholder value.

Our commitment to sustainability

Sustainability underpins our long-term success as a business and is a core part of how we operate. We monitor our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and performance through a robust structure and are committed to publicly reporting our progress across six fundamental areas: our people, health and safety, environment and climate change, communities, clients, and supply chain.

 

Sustainability pillar 

Objective 

KPI 

FY21 

FY22 

2026 ambition 

 

Health and safety 

Prioritising health, safety and wellbeing and ensuring no harm to anyone linked with our operations. 

Accident Frequency Rate 

  

0.08 

0.06 

No harm. 

Lost Time Incident Rate 

0.26 

0.26 

No harm. 

Our people 

Creating an inclusive environment and progressive culture that enables all individuals to reach their potential. 

Early careers as a % of total employees 

7.2% 

6.1% 

Year-on-year increase. 

Women as a % of total employees 

23% 

21.2% 

Year-on-year increase. 

Employee advocacy 

Not measured 

85% 

>80% 

 

Environment and climate change 

Adopting sustainable resourcing and consumption practices and taking measures to mitigate carbon production and climate change to protect our environment and biodiversity. 

Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions (CO2e tonnes) 

11,525 

10,795 

Net zero by 2030. 

Scope 3 carbon emissions (CO2e tonnes) 

Not measured 

6,040 

Net zero by 2045. 

Waste intensity (tn/£100k revenue) 

7.6 

20.96 

Year-on-year reduction. 

Communities 

Making a positive impact in communities where we operate by delivering greater social value and improving lives. 

% of completed 

projects 

delivering >25% 

SLEV as a % of 

contract value 

Not measured 

50% 

60% 

Considerate Constructors Scheme performance 

40.6 (industry ave. 38.0) 

41.8 

(industry ave 39.0) 

>38 and above industry average. 

 

Clients 

Delivering lower carbon, superior buildings and infrastructure with a better social footprint for clients in our chosen markets through a focus on innovation, digitalisation and quality. 

% of repeat business in our order book 

92% 

94% 

>80% 

% of full year planned revenue secured at the start of the financial year 

90% 

90% 

>85% 

Supply chain 

Aligning our supply chain with our culture and creating collaborative relationships that deliver best practice, innovation and sustainable outcomes for clients, communities and the environment. 

% of business unit core trades spend with Aligned subcontractors 

59% 

60% 

70%–80% 

Prompt payment – % of invoices paid within 60 days 

93% 

98% 

>95% 

Sustainable financial returns 

 

2026 target 

Finance 

Earn a sustainable return on the value we deliver. 

Focus on bottom line margin growth 

Divisional operating margin 2.0% 

Divisional operating margin 2.4% 

Divisional operating margin growth to 3.0% 

Disciplined contract selection and sustainable revenue growth 

Revenue £1,125m 

Revenue  

£1,1237m 

Revenue growth towards £1.6bn 

Maintain strong balance sheet 

Average month end cash £164m 

Average month end cash £174m 

Operating cash generation 

Sustainable dividends 

Dividend cover of 2.0x 

Dividend cover of 2.0x 

Dividend cover of 2.0-2.5x 

 

Management

The Executive Board has overall responsibility for setting policy and monitoring our sustainability performance as a standing agenda item. Main Board oversight of sustainability performance is also maintained through the Stakeholder Steering Group and the Carbon Reduction and Social Value Forum. These are chaired by the Senior Independent Director, and Finance Director, respectively.

Health & safety

We prioritise health, safety and wellbeing and ensuring no harm to anyone linked with our operations

Environment & climate change

We play our part to protect the environment and plan for its improvement through our operations

Our people

We create an inclusive environment and progressive culture that enables all individuals to reach their potential

Our clients

We deliver lower carbon, superior buildings and infrastructure with a better social footprint for clients in our chosen markets through a focus on innovation, digitalisation and quality

Supply chain

We align our supply chain with our culture and create collaborative relationships that deliver best practice, innovation and sustainable outcomes for clients, communities and the environment

Communities

We make a positive impact in communities where we operate by delivering greater social value and improving lives

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