Prestigious New Clients Join Alcumus SafeContractor
As health & safety and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) compliance become an increasing and critical priority for organisations to deliver real-time risk insights, Alcumus is delighted to welcome some of the UK’s most prestigious brands as new SafeContractor clients.
With over 20 years’ experience, SafeContractor is one of the UK’s largest approved suppliers lists, with more than 33,000 contractor members and supporting almost 500 organisations to gain greater visibility of that compliance from tier 1 to 4 and beyond.
Recognising the strengths of Alcumus’ integrated software and expertise, brand names such as Specsavers, Virgin Media, Kwik Fit, AkzoNobel and Twinings have chosen SafeContractor in the last 12 months.
Nick Turnbull, UK HSES&S Manager at AkzoNobel commented: “It turned out that many of our contractors already held SafeContractor accreditations, which made onboarding really easy, but now we can have visibility of this information in the online portal. The process is already delivering tangible results.”
SafeContractor allows clients to easily demonstrate that their workforce is compliant with health and safety requirements through an easy-to-use, cloud-based software where they can source, manage and analyse the safety practices of their entire supply chain. All members of the SafeContractor scheme must demonstrate their health and safety credentials before receiving their accredited status, giving the client peace of mind that they’re making a sensible choice on who to work with.
For new clients who chose SafeContractor, Alcumus establish which existing SafeContractor contractors and suppliers can be allocated to them immediately and then provide a robust mobilisation programme to onboard the remaining contactors and take them through an accreditation process. This gives the client full visibility and peace of mind that they have access to all the evidence needed to show they have a safe, robust and secure contractor base.
Beyond health and safety risk mitigation and compliance, SafeContractor has made its platform more user-friendly and evolved to integrate ESG factors such as social value creation, ability to source local which supports the carbon neutral journey, modern slavery, diversity, equality, workplace wellbeing and financial stability – as more organisations require their suppliers and contractors to demonstrate their own commitment to managing their business responsibly.
As a recognised Leader in an independent review of global EHS software vendors by research and advisory firm Verdantix in its 2021 EHS Software Green Quadrant for our market-leading capabilities, demand for technology and expertise is rising at pace. In addition, Alcumus has also been named in all categories in the Verdantix buyer’s guide for ‘Control of Work Software’ 2021.
Helen Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Enterprise Alcumus: “While SafeContractor still gets all contractors working with a client properly qualified in health and safety, there are new requirements that companies want to check in a much more efficient way. So, it’s important to have peace of mind when contractors are checked and onboarded. Having strong ethical policies that go beyond regulatory compliance can add great value to a brand, whereas failing to do the right thing can cause social, economic and environmental damage, challenging a company’s long-term prospects in the process.”
Feedback from new clients has highlighted that 1 in 2 of their contractors are already SafeContractor accredited; demonstrating the high regard placed in the scheme for the quality of contractor pre-qualification across health, safety and ESG topics when prequalifying contractors – a necessary part of many tendering processes these days.
And contractors who have SafeContractor membership can gain a competitive advantage when it comes to being hired, as clients can instantly see whether they have the right health and safety qualifications and ethical practices through SafeContractor’s platform. Also, contractors’ insurance policies are added to the system, so clients can check that who they work with are fully up-to-date and expiries are not breached.
Helen Jones added: “SafeContractor now checks if contractors are meeting increasingly new requirements, and clients can quickly see if the people and firms they work with are also doing so by accessing the database remotely. By doing this, we’re saving clients a lot of time and money, and potentially protecting their reputations. It’s great to see recognised big brands working with us and taking advantage of having access to 33,000 accredited contractors. We look forward to more signing up soon.”
Any company wishing to enquire about signing up to SafeContractor should visit the website.