SafeContractor confirms the financial status of contractors and suppliers. This has been increasingly important as the pandemic has caused many smaller businesses to fold. Assessing financial status is important when understanding if a contractor is stable enough to undertake significant work for your business.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) came into effect in 2015. Under Section 54 (2) (b) of the Act and under the Regulations, companies who supply goods and services and who have a turnover of £36 million or more must publish an annual statement on the measures being taken to eliminate modern slavery in their organisation and their supply chains.
Environmental management is important for all organisations as it includes the efficient use of resources and the reduction and disposal of wastes. It is applicable to any organisation regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental impact of its activities, products and services. Environmental management does not stop with the actions of your organisation. Clients are increasingly looking at how their supply chain manages environmental risk.
A Quality Management System (QMS) is the way in which an organisation manages the interrelated parts of its business in order to meet the needs and expectations of its customers. The implementation of a QMS that manages weaknesses, threats and defects, and maximises strengths and opportunities, leads to continuous improvement in an organisation's ability to consistently meet or exceed the needs and expectations of its customers.
Anti-Bribery and Corruption
SafeContractor assess whether contractors and suppliers have an anti-bribery and corruption policy. It is illegal to offer, promise, give, request, agree, receive or accept bribes. An anti-bribery policy can help protect your business. You should have an anti-bribery policy if there is a risk that someone who works for you or on your behalf might be exposed to bribery. Your anti-bribery policy should be appropriate to the level of risk your business faces.
SafeContractor qualifies if contractors and suppliers have a General Data protection Regulation (GDPR) / Data Protection policy. Data protection is about ensuring people can trust you to use their data fairly and responsibly. If you collect information about individuals for any reason other than your own personal, family or household purposes, you need to comply. Every organisation is different and there is no one size fits all answer.
Equality and Diversity
Equality and diversity legislation exist to ensure that people in employment are treated fairly in the workplace and are not discriminated based on any of the protected characteristics. Under the Equality Act 2010 if a person is treated less favourably due to any of the nine protected characteristics this can be classed as direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation in the field of employment. This section comprises of ten questions that confirm the current equality management arrangements of contractors, and they will be required to provide evidence to support their answers.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a way of using digital technology to work with others to improve the design, construction and maintenance of buildings. As part of the Government's Construction Strategy 2016-2020 all centrally funded government departments require BIM Level 2 for building projects. Therefore, if tendering for construction projects to these public bodies it is essential that contractors and suppliers have capability to BIM Level 2. This requirement filters down from design houses and principal contractors through the supply chain to materials suppliers. As such many commercial clients are also now looking for this capability throughout their supply chain.
SafeContractor does not make this a mandatory requirement for contractors and suppliers, however it will ask them if they can provide two references from recent projects.