Creating a sound structure for community engagement
To help our site teams build even better relationships with local communities, in 2015 we launched a Community Engagement Toolkit across our aggregates, asphalt, and cement and lime business units.
The guidance emphasizes that there’s no one approach to developing close ties with neighbours, and encourages local managers to make their own decisions based on who their key stakeholders are and what kind of engagement is most appropriate for their site. It also provides them with examples of best practice activities from other Tarmac sites that may provide inspiration.
Many of our sites have great relationships already and the toolkit provides a perfect opportunity to capture much of the good work that’s already taking place,’ says Michelle Thurgood, Senior Manager of External Affairs, Land and Community. ‘It’s all about taking time to explain what we do, listening to local concerns, and making sure we act on them.’