Corporate Social Responsibility

We strive to be a responsible business, constantly looking for ways to improve the way we work and the positive impact we have on the communities where we operate.

Our workplace

We are committed to providing a healthy working and physical environment for everyone who works for us. We believe our workforce reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and this helps us to deliver a better service. We pay our staff a fair living wage and ensure that everybody has the opportunity to develop their potential.

Modern Slavery Statement

This statement sets out the J Browne’s Group actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its businesses, and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring there is no slavery or human trafficking in the business and its supply chain.  We also recognise we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.

We are a well-established construction company specialising in water utilities contracting. Throughout the J Browne Group, we employ over 350 employees in several locations. We also engage with a supply chain of subcontractor organisations who carry out works on our construction sites and who provide us with materials and products.

We expect the parties we engage with are as committed as us in ensuring there is no slavery or human trafficking within any part of our operations.

As part of this commitment within our business, we have implemented the following:

  • An annual review of our management systems.
  • Use of specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour.
  • Ensure our suppliers are aware of our policies and adhere to the same high standards by assessing they comply with laws and regulations. We request information on compliance with standards in health & safety, quality, environmental, equality, anti-corruption, slavery and human trafficking and adequacy of insurance protection. Supplier responses are verified, and we revert to the supplier for action in the event of ambiguity or noncompliance.
  • We verify all employees’ right to work and we expect all suppliers to conduct right-to-work checks of their own workforce in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.
  • We are accredited to the Living Wage Foundation paying minimum wages above the National Living Wage known as the Real Living Wage.
  • Training for key employees and awareness for staff during induction; including treating each other with respect, adhering to laws, regulations and standards.
  • Employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy to either the Human Resources department or by using our Whistleblowing procedure to escalate. All Whistleblowing reports will be dealt with confidentially under the J Browne Whistleblowing Process which can be found in our Business Conduct Procedure.

Through the above actions we are committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in all our activities and throughout our supply chain and we will continually monitor our processes, reviewing regularly to ensure we remain compliant in all areas.

 Paul McMahon 

Paul McMahon - Managing Director

1st April 2019

 UK modern slavery act compliance and anti-slavery statement central register

Our marketplace and stakeholders

Our staff understand the importance of providing excellent customer service at all times. When on site, we minimise the impact of our activities on the public through good planning and communication. We carry out regular customer service inductions and briefings with all our staff to emphasise the importance of behaving with courtesy and respect at all times. Our staff also understand the importance of the Service Incentive Mechanism (SIM) to our water industry clients, and the positive impact we can have on customer satisfaction levels.

Our communities

A major local employer in the South East, we have a strong link to the communities where we work and want to be a good neighbour making a positive contribution. We support our community by:

  • Employing 250+ local staff
  • Supporting local charities & initiatives
  • Encouraging employee involvement in the community
  • Supporting local businesses and engaging a local supply chain

Our environment

We are always looking for the areas where we can have the biggest possible impact on the environment. In transport, for example, we mitigate the impact of our 100-strong fleet of vehicles by ensuring they are fuel-efficient, cyclist friendly and their usage is monitored. We also use speed restrictors to minimise carbon emissions.

Our waste

Our target is to recycle 100% of our construction waste and reuse materials.

Our energy use

Built in 2008, our modern HQ in Enfield has many energy efficient systems such as movement sensitive lighting, heat thermostats, energy efficient office equipment and full recycling facilities. All office equipment is recycled as part of our lease agreements.