We don’t just work with communities; our people are part of the communities in which we work.

We take our social contribution extremely seriously, supporting the local supply chain, providing employment opportunities for local people and helping local charitable organisations.

We are committed to building for the future and recognise that considerable change is needed over the next decade to sustain our communities and the environment. We also understand that the construction industry has an important part to play in delivering this change.

By working in partnership with our own subcontractors, suppliers, clients and the community, we believe that we can make a difference and ensure that social value is embedded into everything we do, to build back better, fairer and greener.

The ways in which we are delivering social impact

As a family-owned contractor operating in the East of England, thinking local is business as usual for us. This means ensuring that we employ locally and maximise our spend with local SMEs.

We are also looking for more ways to incorporate social enterprises into our supply chain to support their valuable work in our communities.

75% Spend with SMEs
targeting 80% by 2023

£84m spent with local
in 2021

The health and wellbeing of our employees is integral to our values of investing in our people and supporting communities. To remove the stigma and start conversations around mental health, we delivered over 102 hours of mental health awareness training in 2023.

Recognising the wellbeing benefits to all involved, we offer employees the opportunity to volunteer for one day per year with the community and support local charities.

33 Mental Health First Aiders established across
the R G Carter Group

£800k + donated to our local charity
partner since 2018.

We started our first training programme in 1968, now known as the R G Carter Academy.

We continue to provide good work and inclusive employment, particularly for the next generation, ensuring we are providing opportunities for people facing barriers to employment, facilitating social mobility, and creating a diverse, talented workforce which embraces individuality.

9,670 hours of training
completed in 2023

60 live apprenticeships including craft and
degree-level management apprenticeships.

We are committed to play our part in minimising global temperature rise to 1.5°c and preserve our precious ecosystems. We also encourage our clients to opt for more environmentally responsible choices to contribute to the decarbonisation of the built environment.

You can find out more about our journey to net Zero in our Carbon Reduction Plan.

525 hours of Environmental Awareness Training
delivered in 2021

97% waste diverted from landfill  in 2021,
targeting 98% by 2023.


Aligning to the Global Goals

We have aligned our activities to the world’s social value charter: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Whilst we operate in the spirit of all the goals, our social value strategy focuses on how we can contribute to six key goals.

Measuring our Impact

We have partnered with Thrive, Social Impact UK Pioneers to implement their widely recognised and adopted Impact Evaluation Standard (IES). IES is a social value measurement framework developed with a consortium of social value experts, in alignment with Central Government’s Social Value Model (PPN06/20) and following guidance from HM Treasury.