Sustainability

Sustainability is baked into how we do things, as our business model has always been to work with local clients to deliver local projects, with our own locally based employees and proven supply chain.

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

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. Social Value is how we measure this social 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. We add value to the quality of our environment, the wellbeing of our employees and the sustainability of our supply chain.

This comes second nature to us, as after all, we’re a locally focused business that live, work and play in the communities in which we operate.

Frameworks

Community organisations

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.

Waste reduction and recycling

We try to eliminate wastage from our sites wherever possible, as this is best for the environment (eliminate, re-use, recycle, in that order).

Excess building materials on our sites are re-stocked with suppliers, or re-used on another site. And where re-use is not possible, such as with packaging and other materials, we take full responsibility for their disposal and have invested £5m in our own in-house recycling station. Our recycling operation in Saxilby is the largest in the Lincoln area; we have 800 skips and a fleet of 10no HGVs, diverting 99 per cent from landfill.