Corporate

Responsibility

Report 2017

Shaping the future

Environmental Stewardship

Protecting our resources, reducing our impacts

Culture and Wellbeing

Maintaining and enhancing our status of employer of choice

Governance and Ethics

Business operations with a conscience

Sustainability in Services

Leading the market towards a sustainable

built environment

Community and Charity

Working together to create opportunities

Business conduct is ethical wherever it corresponds to the general principles of integrity and decency, and where the people we deal with perceive it to be right. At GVA we believe our responsibility is greater than simply complying with statutory rules and other regulations. We expect our people to conduct themselves ethically in all of their business activities and in any situations that such activities entail.

Supervisors must act as role models. Anyone working with external partners on behalf of GVA bears responsibility as a representative of the company. Ethical conduct also means understanding and complying with the spirit of our policies and refraining from any attempts at circumventing them.

Certification

We continue to be certified and accredited to ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO27001, OHSAS18001, Construction line, Achilles, Safe Contractor and CHAS. We successfully achieved certification to the updated versions of ISO9001 and ISO14001 in 2017.

Conflicts of interest

The new RICS Professional Statement for managing Conflicts of Interest was introduced in January of 2018, introducing a number of material changes from the previous requirements.
In the final quarter of 2017, policies and procedures were produced and training provided for all affected people to provide a smooth transition for 2018.

Compliance Training

Face to face compliance training sessions, supported by Q & A sessions delivered across the company by the Risk, Legal and Compliance Team.

Our goals

Assure interested parties that their continuing needs will be met in a professional, ethical and effective way.

Our objectives

Confirm or set clear and coordinated accountabilities and responsibilities

Review and ensure effective and efficient operations consistent with sector opportunities

Build reliable, transparent and comprehensive operational controls

Assure compliance with the law and regulations

Assess and manage risks

Assure the accuracy of management reporting and establish KPIs

Alignment to UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Challenge:
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

GVA action:
GVA has appropriate risk management and processes in place to mitigate the risks of corruption, money laundering and modern slavery activities.

Achievements