Investing in an engaged and diverse workforce
We are determined to bring in different perspectives through building a much more diverse talent pool and supporting our colleagues and communities to build back better.
We’re focused on developing the diversity of our workforce, recognizing the critical role this plays in sustaining the culture of innovation and creativity that is key to delivering on our ambitions. We have committed to raising the bar for sustainability, for ourselves and for others, and want to see smarter and more sustainable policies and practices right across our industry. Working together, we will make the built environment more sustainable for generations to come.
As part of our sustainability commitments, we have joined the 5% Club.
This commits us to having 5% of our workforce actively involved in recognised learning and work schemes such as apprenticeships, graduate trainee programmes and student sponsorships.
We want to be able to attract people from the widest possible talent pool. This means people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities and backgrounds.
Despite a historical imbalance given we are a group of manufacturing businesses, we are actively engaged in several programmes and actions to help redress this. We are implementing the key MacGregor-Smith recommendations and also taking steps to achieve a group-wide gender mix in line with the Hampton-Alexander recommendations and requirements.
Our core values of trust, support, experience and innovation underpin our culture.
Our businesses within the Genuit Group have adopted these core values and articulated them in ways they feel most suit them, their customers, their employees and the communities in which they operate.
We aim to promote a culture whereby our employees understand their value and contribution to the Groups overall success, motivating them and bringing them on our journey in addressing the challenges caused by climate change and urbanisation.
The Group aims to continuously improve the quality and safety of the working environment of all employees and has a published health, safety and environment policy that sets out the overriding principles of health and safety for all employees.
We recognise the importance of understanding and improving the safety culture, and we continue to deliver group-wide behavioural based safety training programmes as well as having safety ambassadors to drive positive cultural change. We’ve continuously achieved ROSPA gold awards and the Group achieved the gold medal award for exceptional performance and dedicated support for health and safety within the organisation.
Our employees across the Group are actively encouraged to participate in initiatives which help local communities, whether it's reducing the impact of climate change, raising money for local causes or supporting local education institutions and sports clubs.
Examples of some activities include litter picking in local areas, donating pipework to help local sports clubs with flooding issues, engaging with schools to take local HDPE bottle waste to recycle and much more!
Through the first lockdown the Genuit Group continued to supply to Covid-19 projects such as the Nightingale Hospitals and other NHS and care facilities, as well as assisting with essential repair and maintenance.
In addition to this, the commitment of our employees to help the communities within which we operate was inspiring. Activities such as; repurposing some of our machinery to manufacture and assemble visors in conjunction with local higher education establishments and distributing them to local NHS and care facilities; donating spare PPE to local hospitals; and raising money and providing transport for local food banks are just a few examples of how our people supported their communities. Our Nuaire business were also crowned the winner of the 2020 Building Awards ‘Proud to Help’ category for the impactful work in the battle against Covid-19.
It is through the diverse innovative and creative workforce that we will develop the solutions of tomorrow. By having a close working partnership with our customers, we engage with the obstacles to overcome and develop solutions of value.
A high calibre and motivated workforce coupled with a winning sustainable strategy will deliver new innovative solutions, build brands and greater industry partnerships, and ultimately lead to long-term sustainable growth.
With our investments in L&D, H&S and a culture of trust and togetherness we not only improve the health and wellbeing of our people but we create an innovative high calibre workforce that we can retain.
Continuity of business and new business development will lead to sustained growth within our supply chain.
A happy motivated workforce has a greater impact on our local communities and environment, investing time in charity work, sponsorship, local clean ups and school open days increasing our awareness as a community employer.