CW Awards 2015: CSR Initiative of the Year awarded
Contractor bags prestigious prize for its multiple CSR initiatives across the region
BAM Higgs & Hill’s CSR activities were rewarded at the Construction Week Awards 2015, held on Wednesday, 9 December at InterContinental – Dubai Festival City.
CSR activities carried out by BAM in the last 12 months include maintenance of a mosque in Al Ain; upgrading of the Al Dabbiya village road; periodic beach cleans on all marine projects in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Jordan; charity collections through all its projects; and, worker initiatives, such as boat trips, cricket competitions, and excursions to tourist destinations.
The contractor’s emphasis on region-wide CSR was highly appreciated by the jury. In the words of one judge: “Their CSR efforts are carried out throughout the year, and not only during the Ramadan period.
"They have engaged in numerous effective CSR programmes which actively involve staff, which in turn, enforces the importance of outreach programmes,” said one of the judges.
Fergal Kelly, corporate safety manager at BAM International, said, “Essentially it is a management commitment towards our CSR initiatives. We have to do minimum six CSR community initiatives, if not then hit more than that.”
“In 2016, we look forward to more such initiatives. We speak to our stakeholders, sub-contractors to see if they have any ideas about where we are working.”
He continued, “We are looking good for the next year as well.”
Arcadis’s Disaster Relief and Shelter Programme was highly commended at this year’s ceremony.
Shortlisted nominees in the category this year included ‘You Build Our Homes, We Build Your Homes’ by Towell Construction, Ramadan CSR Initiative by Arcadis Middle East, the Support Sustainable Communities programme by Carillion Alawi, and the Better Connections programme by CH2M and ictQatar
An independent panel of eight judges made up of industry professionals from across the GCC and throughout the construction sector came up with the final decision in each of the 14 categories.
Construction Week Awards 2015 was supported by Platinum Sponsors FAMCO and Arcadis, Gold Sponsors Liebherr GENAVCO, Nora, ALEC and Logical Contracting, Category Sponsors Projacs, Kone, Aecom, Atkins, Soprema and Brookfield Multiplex, Official Aluminium Extruder NAPCO, Supporting Association The Chartered Institute of Building, and Social Media Sponsor, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.