Social value plan published by National Highways
National Highways has published its social value plan this week.
Among the pledges included in the plan, National Highways wants at least 5% of its workforce enrolled on formal apprenticeships or graduate development schemes within five years.
On the environment, the plan sets out that the company will respect neighbouring communities by reducing the impact on air quality, noise and water quality; supporting a healthier society.
National Highways Executive Director of Commercial & Procurement Malcolm Dare said:
“We play a vital role in our society and economy. As an organisation, we’re committed to connecting the country and advancing the economy through safe, sustainable, and accessible roads. All our suppliers and every person working in our organisation has a role to play.”
Social value isn’t new to the company – value has been built into every aspect of its roads, whether that’s delivering 160 cycling schemes between 2015 and 2020, or plans to deliver even more, by investing £956m through the designated funds programme between 2020 and 2025.
The social value framework focusses around four key pillars:
- Directly contributing to economic growth including suppliers, local spend, new businesses, small-to-medium-size enterprises, micro, voluntary, charitable and social enterprises/mutuals.
- Improving productivity by improving the strategic road network
- Contributing to apprenticeships, skills and education, and regional economic prosperity
Improving the environment
- Working toward net carbon zero emissions from corporate activity, road users and construction
- Enhancing the natural environment through improving ecosystems and biodiversity; and protecting our natural resources
- Respecting neighbouring communities by reducing our impact on air quality, noise and water quality; supporting a healthier society
- Healthier and safer communities
- Promoting safe, active travel and non-motorised users improving health from issues related to the strategic road network
- Improving community amenities
- Improving connections within and between communities
- Contributing to the process of creating quality places that people want to live, work, play, and learn in
- Supporting community education and heritage programmes
Equality, diversity and inclusion
- Contributing to employment and opportunities for women; ethnic minorities; the long-term unemployed; veterans; people with disabilities; the LGBTQ+ community; care givers; school leavers; young people not engaged in education, employment or training; ex-offenders; the homeless; maternity returners; new to industry; flexible workers
- Contributing opportunities to create a more equal society
- Creating a more inclusive and accessible strategic road network
A video has been released with Procurement Director Andrew Stephenson explaining the strategy:
The plan can be found on the National Highways website: