Corporate and social responsibility
Success isn’t all that matters to us. We think it’s really important to make a difference, too. Here at the Cruden Group and Cruden building & renewals, we take our Corporate & Social Responsibility seriously and take pride in conducting our business in a way that benefits others without compromising the environment.
CRUDEN BUILDING & RENEWALS CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY POLICY
The ‘Cruden Group’ and ‘Cruden Building and Renewals Limited’ acknowledge our Corporate and Social Responsibilities and take pride in ensuring that we conduct our business in a way that benefits others without compromising the environment.
Our founder, Harry Cruden, upon his retirement set in place the ‘Cruden Foundation’, its role to distribute a proportion of Group profits each year to registered Scottish Charities who can all apply for funding support.
As well as being open to all eligible bodies we also utilise this where appropriate as another strand of Community Benefit where we are working in a deprived area or simply an area which would benefit from some support in addition to our community benefit and employment strategies.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF EMPLOYEES
It is Cruden Building and Renewals Limited (“CBRL”) policy to effectively manage the work related health risks of all staff, employees and persons working on behalf of the company.
Occupational health procedures have therefore been developed to assist in ensuring that the workforce is fit for work, assist in reducing the risk of work related ill health, establish and provide appropriate occupational health standards and monitor and investigate work related ill health.
In addition to our legal obligations, CBRL also offer all operatives an additional annual health check and provide counselling services when required.
ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY
The ‘Cruden Group’ and ‘Cruden Building and Renewals Limited’ are all too aware of the strain on finite resources and understand that today’s homeowners and tenants are seeking modern and convenient homes designed and built to meet lifetime needs, but not at the cost of the environment. That's why we're dedicated to all that's innovative in construction technology and all our homes are energy efficient, economic and low maintenance as standard.
Moreover, throughout our sites and offices we have introduced energy saving and waste reducing initiatives that reuse and recycle resources as far as is practicably possible, practical examples of which are as follows:
- Head Office - Microgeneration through investment in Photovoltaic (PV) Cells generating power for the offices minimising power draw from the grid and reducing demand for generation combined with PIR light sensors to all common areas to save energy; low volume flush WC’s etc., to save water.
- Site Offices - Working with Cabin and Site Office suppliers to introduce PIR sensors for lights, programmable heating to reduce demand and rainwater harvesting for use in toilet facilities to reduce demand for water.
- Construction and Design – New Build - Working with our Client Partners and Design Teams to introduce the most efficient energy minimising homes and properties and increasing the air quality and comfort within the units by careful specification of high levels of insulation and glazing, controlled air infiltration into each home through natural and mechanical means and highly efficient boilers with microgeneration as needed.
- Construction and Design – Refurbishment - In refurbishment work we have funded and developed with BRE Scotland at the Ravenscraig Innovation Park, the ‘Refurbished Homes’ block and the award winning iTunes App for energy efficient refurbishment upgrades.
All of these measures amongst the day-to-day input from all our employees at all levels to segregate and recycle waste at all levels of the business well ahead of any requirement to do so and our full ESOS Assessment compliance and ISO50001 Energy Management System accreditation have led to us being voted ‘Most Innovative Contractor in the UK 2016’ and also ‘Homes for Scotland’s ‘Home Builder of the Year 2016’
ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING & SOCIAL INCLUSION
The ‘Cruden Group’ and ‘Cruden Building and Renewals Limited’ endeavors to promote access to quality modern housing to all sectors of the community wherever possible. This is achieved through the provision of priority purchase schemes on certain developments, which ensure that identified demographic groups have the opportunity to purchase in key areas prior to open market release of properties, often at a discounted price.
In addition, we are pleased to offer a number of flexible buying initiatives to assist prospective purchasers in purchasing their own home.
Our shared equity schemes including HTB, have helped many first buyers to date, promotes the ethos of affordability by facilitating purchases that would otherwise not have been possible by alleviating the burden of funding a large and, for many, seemingly unachievable deposit.
Where a need has been identified, ‘Cruden Building and Renewals Limited’ will provide our employees with the required training for them to carry out their roles, including job specific, health and safety and environmental training.
As well as our full modern apprenticeships intake, we supplement this by working with Clients on a series of local employment and workplace ready initiatives through New Entrant employment, CSCS accreditation support schemes, work experience and placements, interview technique training in schools, industry open days all as part of our Pathway to Employment Strategy and supported through our soon to be launched Cruden Academy which will cover all aspect of training and professional development .
The ‘Cruden Group’ and ‘Cruden Building and Renewals Limited’ are proud to engage in community benefits initiatives across certain projects. These schemes support local people in on-site training placements and apprenticeships that often result in real employment opportunities.
Our commitment in this field also extends to ensuring that local small and medium sized enterprises are made aware of all tendering opportunities that arise in order to promote and encourage the sustainable growth and success of such businesses.
GLASGOW LIVING WAGE
‘Cruden Building and Renewals Limited’ were one of the original signatories to the Glasgow Living Wage and still remain fully signed up members.
By placing strong emphasis on good employee relations and by implementing initiatives such as the Glasgow Living Wage, we have a very low staff turnover ratio and continue to benefit from the expertise of our long service staff and workforce.
‘Cruden Building and Renewals Limited’ strive to be the best at what we do for the benefit of our Clients and Customers. That's why we're proud to have achieved Associate Membership status of the Considerate Constructor Scheme along with other relevant industry accreditations.
In one of our most significant achievements to date, ‘Cruden Building and Renewals Limited’ has secured BSI Registration to PAS99 for our Integrated Management Systems and became the first builder in Scotland to be awarded with such an accolade. This represents the standard for a single holistic management system which encompasses four additional, separate registrations already secured, namely:
- ISO9001 Quality Management
- ISO14001 Environmental Management
- ISO50001 Energy Management
- OHSAS18001 Occupational Health & Safety Management
Within ‘Cruden Building and Renewals Limited’, our commitment to continuous improvement is further represented through our achievement of ‘Investors In People’ Silver Award and ‘Investors In Young People’ Gold Award and we are proud to promote and encourage best practice from all our employees.