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Marr Contracting publishes first Social Impact Report

Marr Contracting has published its first Social Impact Report covering the period from the launch of their Social Impact Strategy and Roadmap in 2021 up until December 2023.

The inaugural report highlights Marr’s journey in developing its strategy, outlines the business’ future intentions, and details its progress against five key focus areas:Health, safety and wellbeing;Environmental impact; Learning and development; Equality, diversity and inclusion; and Local employment.

“As a third-generation family-owned business we know that a good business is one that continually innovates and adapts to respond to the challenges of its time. And as problem-solvers who love a challenge, we are never shy of tackling the big issues,” said Marr’s Managing Director, Simon Marr.

“We know that our industry faces urgent challenges and believe that finding solutions requires looking at the issues from a multi-dimensional perspective. As our business has grown both in Australia and internationally, so has our commitment to embracing new technology, legislative changes and opportunities to do things better across all levels of our business,” Marr said.

“We know we have a long way to go, and innovation and productivity are key. For us, that means working collaboratively with our clients, end-clients, partners and supply chain to make our industry safer (for people and the planet), more inclusive and more sustainable,” he said.

Key achievements outlined in the report include: Health, Safety & Wellbeing:A steady improvement in injury performance in recent years;Recertification by BSI to internationally recognised standards for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Quality management systems, ISO 45001 and ISO 9001;New global Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Operational Risk Management frameworks to enhance control of critical operational risks;A new approach to safety based on psychological safety and the completion of Marr’s first psychological risk survey and assessment.

Environmental Impact: No significant environmental incidents; Annual audit and benchmarking of current Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions – which identified that sourcing low carbon renewable fuels for our cranes would address 80 per cent of baseline emissions; Membership to the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage initiative; Participation in NSW Government Energy Savings Scheme with a 63.28% reduction in lighting energy consumption; and Waste management improvements and electric forklift trials.

Learning and Development: Development of Marr’s Learning & Development (L&D) framework; Benchmarking to establish a core competence model across the business; The facilitation of employee exchanges to facilitate skills transfer and knowledge sharing between between Australian and the UK operations; Participation in industry research with Torrens University & Western Sydney University study (2021).

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Identified strength in fostering a culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) workplace with 37 per cent of our workforce being from a culturally & linguistically diverse background; and
Completion of employee baseline data and benchmarking for future DEI markers.

Local Employment: Supply chain mapping exercise undertaken with the aim to understand the risks and opportunities in our supply chain; and Re-certification to UK Common Assessment Standard (CAS) – Constructionline Gold Standard.