Social Value

Danaher & Walsh is not just a civil engineering company; it’s a values-led organisation with a deep commitment to improving the lives of our team and also the individuals and communities where we work.

Founded in 1969, we’ve been a family-run business for over half a century, and our dedication to our people and the surrounding communities is at the core of everything we do.

We have formalised our commitment to social value in our strategy: “Engineered for Good”.

Social Value

Danaher & Walsh is not just a civil engineering company; it’s a values-led organisation with a deep commitment to improving the lives of our team and also the individuals and communities where we work.

Founded in 1969, we’ve been a family-run business for over half a century, and our dedication to our people and the surrounding communities is at the core of everything we do.

We have formalised our commitment to social value in our strategy: “Engineered for Good”.

Social Value

Danaher & Walsh is not just a civil engineering company; it’s a values-led organisation with a deep commitment to improving the lives of our team and also the individuals and communities where we work.

Founded in 1969, we’ve been a family-run business for over half a century, and our dedication to our people and the surrounding communities is at the core of everything we do.

We have formalised our commitment to social value in our strategy: “Engineered for Good”.

Building a Lasting Legacy

In all of our projects, we focus on building a lasting legacy. We aim to deliver benefits to local communities not only during construction but also long after our work is completed. To achieve this, our social value team follow a comprehensive methodology designed to create lasting impact and measurable outcomes.

Our approach encompasses several key areas, which gives us the flexibility to focus on what our clients and communities need most.

1. Positive Economic Impact: We actively work to create a positive economic impact, benefiting local businesses and the overall economic health of the community.

2. Inspiring the Next Generation: We are committed to inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in construction, offering opportunities for learning and growth.

3. Investing in Future Talent: Our apprenticeship, trainee, and graduate programmes are aimed at nurturing future talent within our industry. We are a proud Gold member of the 5% Club which means that more than 5% of our workforce are in ‘earn and learn’ positions.

4. Building an Inclusive Workplace: We are an Equal Opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all candidates regardless of background.

5. Enhancing Communities: We identify and engage with our clients and key local stakeholders to implement initiatives and community-focused support and volunteering activities. This ensures that we add a positive impact to the communities in which we work, in the areas that matter most to the people within those communities.

6. Environmental Sustainability: We actively seek to reduce wastage on our construction sites, promoting environmental sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.

7. Local Supply Chain: We support local businesses by prioritising the use of local subcontractors and suppliers.

8. SMEs and social enterprises: Where possible we work with SMEs and CICs because they are instrumental to the wellbeing of our communities and our economy.

9. Supporting Local Charities: As well as our Charity of the Year which is voted for by our employees we also support local charities where we can, in line with the strategic community impact plan created at the beginning of each project.

10. Providing Opportunities to Ex-offenders: We believe in second chances.  We are very proud of our ambition to hire an ex-offender onto each of our projects.  By doing this we’re not only helping the individual but also benefiting the community and the economy.

Measuring Our Contribution

To ensure we’re making a meaningful impact, we closely monitor our progress across all projects.

Our methodology includes setting goals and regularly measuring against our targets.

The system we use to measure our impact is aligned with the Government’s Social Value Model and the TOMS Proxy Values, and enables us to stay on track in order to meet our targets and measure our success.  We create a social value scorecard for each project that we can share with our clients, our team and the local community.

Our target is always a minimum of 12% social value impact (of the value of the project).  Our track record since we have been measuring our impact, indicates that our current average proxy value per project is 27%.

Innovation and Continuous Improvement

We continually seek innovative ways to enhance our social value contribution, going beyond the project requirements to benefit the community. Our aim is to exceed the target of 12% social value in each project, ensuring that a diverse cross-section of the community benefits.

At Danaher & Walsh, our commitment to social value is deeply ingrained in our culture. We strive to create a positive and lasting impact on the communities in which we work, making a meaningful difference in the lives of people and the environment.

We are not just engineers; we are builders of positive change, building a better future for all.

 

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Client Testimonial

“I would like to thank Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd for the way in which they conducted themselves throughout the construction of the Cycle Network Link project for the University. We were particularly pleased with how the scheme was implemented and managed on site, and are also very happy with the end product. We couldn’t speak more highly of Danaher & Walsh.”

The University of Warwick 

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