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Sustainability at VolkerRail

We continue to embed sustainable practices within our projects and services to design, construct, and maintain the UK’s rail infrastructure. We seek to address our negative impacts and maximise our positive outcomes for carbon reduction, biodiversity enhancement, circular economy and social value.

It is our duty to create a sustainable future for ourselves and future generations. Our approach to sustainability is driven by VolkerWessels UK’s People-Planet-Purpose Sustainability Framework 2020-2030: A decade of action.

Each of the People-Planet-Purpose pillars has three ‘themes and a total of 26 high level metrics, which allow us to measure and monitor performance.

People - putting people at the heart of our approach

Our people are the foundation of our business, so their safety and wellbeing will remain our priority, as will our desire to ensure our workplace is an inclusive and inspiring place to be. 

We continue to win numerous awards not only for our excellent safety and wellbeing standards, but for the way we treat our employees through our inclusive culture and empowering sustainable leadership.

Planet – protecting and enhancing our natural environment

Each of our projects is unique and, as such, the environmental risks and opportunities that they present are unique. Our ability to address these risks professionally, combined with creatively assessing the opportunities available to us to deliver no net loss or, better still, net positive solutions, will ensure we act responsibly and proactively. Efforts to minimise our carbon footprint impact is a key focus area.

Purpose – being a trusted, forward thinking and respected business of choice by delivering long-term social value

Making responsible and forward-thinking choices about the way our projects are executed, and how they will deliver social value, will support our overall vision to be the contractor of choice and encourage us to be a good neighbour in the communities in which we work.

Addressing sustainability challenges requires collaboration. We actively seek partnerships with local environmental and community groups, charities, schools and colleges, within areas we are working.