Sustainability

Sustainability is central to our purpose. We aim to make a positive contribution through our construction projects, through our role as an employer and through work with subcontractors and our supply chain.

Delivering Social Value

We work hard to improve the quality of the communities in which we build. We work in partnership to leave a legacy that lasts beyond construction and ‘Social Value’ is the added impact resulting from our activities.

We are committed to giving something back by investing in the local economy and community to encourage social, economic and environmental regeneration. As a result, we have added value to the quality of our environment, the wellbeing of our employees and the sustainability of our supply chain.

Frameworks

Our partners

We carry out social value work with key organisations within the communities in which we operate, and includes:

  • Schools and colleges
  • Charities and good causes
  • Social enterprises
  • Community groups
  • Homeless shelters
  • Prisons
  • Housing associations

Please keep reading for some examples of this work.

Apprenticeships and training

Lindum runs an award-winning apprenticeship, trainee and graduate programme. We invest in ‘growing our own staff’, attracting young people to our business and providing ongoing training. 20 per cent of our current workforce has progressed through our apprentice and trainee schemes.

We currently have 13 apprentices and trainees most of which are being supported by the company in doing college and degree courses.

 

Schools

Lindum completed work at four schools in Nottingham, including Rufford Primary School.

The projects generated more than £167,200 of additional ‘social value’ for the schools and their local communities.

This included the positive financial impact of using local subcontractors, social enterprises and apprentices on projects as well as the value of added extras, such as the donation of timber play equipment to the schools.

Charities

We support many local charities and good causes, both through donations and fundraising and practical assistance.

During 2019, we contributed to 81 different causes, included Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s Society and Kids Lincolnshire. In total, almost £29,000 was donated charity.

Our causes are chosen by our employees who want to make a difference.

Measuring social impact

Using social value calculators, we can try to measure the added value generated during building projects, such as the impact of sourcing local labour on local employment, the value of employing apprentices, the benefits of working with local merchants and suppliers etc.

When we handed over Grantham’s new University Centre, the social impact as measured by the calculator was £636,560 (85% of the contract value), and we also donated a life-saving defibrillator to our client and commissioned not-for-profit Pelican Trust to build a wooden bench that will be installed in a nearby recreation area.

Carbon reduction

We are passionate about a sustainable future and climate change, and so we have committed to become a net zero carbon company by 2031.

We are an audited and certified Planet Mark business and are engaged with the National Federation of Builders on their carbon reduction initiatives.

Please read our carbon reduction statement here: Carbon Reduction 2021

Waste reduction and recycling

Rather than pass responsibility to a waste handling company, Lindum takes full responsibility for its waste.

We have invested £5m in our own in-house waste transfer station in Saxilby, and have an ongoing programme of capital improvements.

We are currently the largest waste organisation in Lincolnshire, owning over 400 skips and a fleet of vehicles to collect wastage. In 2019, we diverted 99 per cent of waste from landfill and recycled 80 per cent.