Build UK will drive sustainable growth in construction by:
- Developing a truly collaborative supply chain that takes responsibility for the delivery and performance of projects
- Presenting business models that deliver improved performance and manage risk through the supply chain.
Delivering Zero Retentions
Cash retention – the withholding of a percentage of payment on construction work until it is completed free of defects – is intended to provide security to the industry’s clients that any defects will be rectified appropriately. However, retentions are problematic for all parties in the supply chain and generally do not provide an appropriate or proportionate mechanism for ensuring quality and fair payment.
Benchmarking against the Duty to Report
Build UK believes that fair and transparent payment practices are essential for a successful construction industry and it has been a key issue for the organisation since it was formed in 2015. Government legislation introduced in April 2017 – Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance – requires large companies to publish information on their payment practices every six months. Identified as a specific action within the recently published Construction Sector Deal, Build UK members collectively agreed for Build UK to benchmark them on both the average time they take to pay invoices and the percentage of their invoices paid beyond terms.
Creating a Stronger Industry Post-Brexit
As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, Build UK members have identified their main areas of concerns for the industry: Secure project pipeline Future access to skills Impact on material and product imports and exports Uncertainty over changes to the regulatory regime.
Details of the commitments involved in signing up to the Charter
Build UK has published information on the payment performance of its Contractor members using data submitted under the Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance.
Build UK and CITB have launched a new campaign to encourage people to choose a career in construction.
Industry manual providing information and guidance on all health and safety issues that affect the construction process
Build UK’s Safety Helmet Standard provides a consistent approach in identifying people’s roles on site
Build UK’s Training Standard ensures those working on site have the correct card for their construction occupation
Best practice for conducting workforce site inductions
Companies can sign up to support the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter here
Guidance to assist with signing up to the Charter and implementing its commitments