Kier Highways has announced that it has become the first UK motorway company to achieve an industry standard for Social Value (SVQM Level 2)
The Social Value Quality Mark is an independent social enterprise that assesses businesses in the public, private and third sectors in the UK and internationally.
Kier Group reached the first SVQM level 1 in 2018 and 2020, Kier Construction has become the first construction company in the UK to be awarded SVQM Level 2.
The social value quality mark is based on nine principles and 10 standards. Organizations are required to achieve the minimum level of compliance of 80% against each of the standards for each level.
Kier Highways Company had to prove all the quality mark scoring criteria and participated in interviews with project managers, supply chain partners, customers and other stakeholders.
This included its Area 3 and 9 National Motorway maintenance contracts, the A585 Windy Harbor National Motorway project in Skippool, the Birmingham Highways Limited contract, the Northamptonshire Motorways contract, as well as its commercial, management, of HR and Innovation from Nordis Signs.
Achieving the industry standard for social value is an “incredible achievement” for Kier
Natalie Wadley, Director of Social Value Quality Mark, commented: “This is truly an incredible achievement, and the overwhelming feedback is that Kier Highways delivers genuine social value, measuring and integrating the impact on its supply chain and its local community partners.
“It’s clear the people at Kier care about him, and they’re going above and beyond to leave a legacy.”
“A testament to our employees’ commitment to embedding social value in everything we do”
Vicki Glover, Director of Human Resources at Kier Highways, added, “We are delighted to receive Level 2 Social Value Quality and achieve such a high score. This accreditation demonstrates our staff’s commitment to embedding social value in everything we do.
“The conversations during the audits were all very positive.
“This included feedback from our supply chain on supporting our business in its own social value journeys, including how we share resources and best practices. Customer feedback was very similar, with comments about how Kier is seen as a leader in delivering social value.
“We also hosted an interview with St Basil’s, part of the charity End Youth Homelessness, who explained how truly committed we are to improving the lives of young people through our fundraising efforts, as well as the renovation work we have carried out in their premises. .
“I look forward to continuing our journey of social value as we strive to achieve SVQM Level 3 accreditation.”