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Cardiff Spotlight For Costain

6 June 2013

Costain had a chance to show Welsh policymakers the scope of its involvement in the Principality as it took part in an exhibition at the Welsh Assembly Senedd building in Cardiff. 

The event was organised by the Welsh arm of the charity Business In The Community (BITC)*.

Following such practices requires BITC members to honour ethical values and respect the local communities and the environment in which they work.

“We’ve supported BITC Wales for five or six years,” said Senior Community Relations Officer, Brian Greaves, who handles a cluster of projects in the Principality and the West Country.

BITC works with around 140 companies in Wales with 20 showcasing their activities to Welsh Assembly Members (AMs) at the Senedd event.

Costain has had an ongoing presence in Wales – particularly in creating roads in South Wales – for many years.

“We went along with corporate banners and lots of examples of how we’ve been displaying responsible business policies over the years – for example, through education, providing local employment and engaging with local youth,” said Brian.

“During the event, Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport in Wales, came and had a chat about what we were doing. We have a number of projects in South Wales – for example Harbour Way, Port Talbot and the A465 Heads of the Valleys dualling project between Gilwern and Brynmawr – that really do beneficially affect road infrastructure in the area.

“It was generally a chance for AMs to see what we’re doing in Wales and for us as a member of Business in the Community to reaffirm our position as a responsible business.”

*The Costain Group is a major national player in the BITC scheme, which encourages commercial organisations to engage with local communities and pursue responsible business practices.