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Wales Market Update: February 2022

Fairness, Inclusion & Respect, Wales

Published 25th Jan 22 - by rosiewatts

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Welsh social housing to embrace passive house, timber & life cycle assessment

The Welsh government has issued a new standard for social housing that requires an embodied carbon assessment, favours timber-based offsite construction, and bans fossil fuel boilers.

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SME Builders face huge costs to prove Biodiversity gain

Artificial intelligence should be harnessed to work out biodiversity net gain for sites of 50 homes or less, urges the National Federation of Builders, NFB.The call follows the government’s consultation released today on restoring ecological loss during housing construction and delivering a ten per cent boost on biodiversity post-development.

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Global Centre of rail excellence (GCRE)

GCRE is a special purpose vehicle being established by the Welsh Government in partnership with Celtic Energy, Powys County Council and Neath and Port Talbot County Borough Council. 


Sector Lead for Wales – David Emery reflects on the progress of the standards for social housing in Wales and  embodied carbon. Click here to view the blog post.

February’s Featured Topic: Fairness, Inclusion and Respect

The Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) programme is an industry-wide initiative that aims to make workplaces better for everyone. Promoting a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect brings many business benefits to the companies that work to achieve it.

Start your learning on the topic of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) with the handpicked resources below:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Template

A document to assist small businesses in writing their EDI policy.

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CIPD Good Work Index

The CIPD Good Work Index provides an annual snapshot of job quality in the UK, giving insight to drive improvement to working lives. Measures of GDP and employment rates are important, but we also need to understand whether the jobs we have are good or poor and how they can be improved.

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Developing A Diversity Communication Strategy

Communication is Vital. This weblink looks at communication, ensuring that it is inclusive, it’s diverse and that you’re thinking about people.

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Due Diligence in Combatting Modern Slavery in Wales

Join us on the 22nd March from 12:00am -13:00pm on Zoom Webinars at our Due Diligence in Combatting Modern Slavery in Wales Lunch ‘n’ Learn.  This session will provide an  understanding of what modern slavery is, the risks of slavery within the supply chain and will look at what due diligence processes should look like for your organisation in order to combat labour exploitation.

By attending this session you will:

  • Identify and create a policy and strategy that outlines your organisations approach to combatting exploitation
  • Understand the principles of risk assessments focusing on labour exploitation and the role supply chain mapping plays in addressing the risks
  • Adapt procurement strategies that will allow you to address exploitation concerns or respond to client requirements