Kajima’s Social Values Forum have launched their official Social Values Policy alongside formal Framework, 'Make It Count', which aligns company-wide social value initiatives with three of the following core themes; People (creating working environments in which all our people can flourish), Places (supporting successful and resilient places by enabling local supply chains and investing in local communities) and Planet (building a more sustainable world by lowering CO2 emissions, recycling resources and harmoniously co-existing with nature).
The Social Values Forum have implemented several initiatives during the start of 2021, including:
- Signing up to the Prompt Payment Code which seeks to ensure cashflow and longevity of small businesses in the UK
- Selecting charity partner, Centrepoint – providing accommodation and support to young, homeless people
- Becoming a Real Living Wage Employer and ensuring fair pay for all staff members
The official launch of the policy and framework is the next step to help embed social value across all that Kajima do, whether it be connected to project deliverables or the wellbeing of colleagues and local communities. Working alongside the Confab Lab, a company specialising in implementing innovative social value and community benefit solutions for major public infrastructure and construction projects. Kajima now have several social value initiatives to implement over the second half of the year.
Kajima’s Managing Director, Julian Rudd-Jones commented: “Our goal is to create excellent buildings that not only are recognised for design quality and environmental efficiency but also the value they give back to the communities in which they belong. Never before have these goals been more important as we recognise the contributions that we can make to people, communities and the environment by considering broader impacts alongside business growth in our decision making.
Kajima creates social, economic and environmental benefits across our projects as well as providing opportunities for community co-design – just some of the themes detailed within the energised Social Values Act. Our aim is to now take this further and progress our social value programme to the next level through company-wide initiatives and supply chain relationships that take account of social value as a key outcome.”