Wales-based civil engineering company publishes its first ESG report4th Dec 2023

A North Wales-based civil engineering firm is showcasing the core values it has upheld for more than 50 years in its inaugural environmental, social, and governance (ESG) report.

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK is not affected by the climate-related financial disclosure mandate but recognises that stakeholders are turning to impact over profit and now is the time to get ahead of the curve.

The report outlines its key achievements, including the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank, which directly helped the company invest in 40 apprentices, who will be able to apply their skills to future work in renewables.

Jones Bros also built the £135m Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass, placing travel and sustainability high on the agenda, with local measures for habitat protection, as well as new crossings and enhanced signs to promote safe walking.

The scheme received The George Gibby trophy from the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales, given to the best example of outstanding design and construction.

The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation also commended the bypass works with its Environment/Sustainability Project of the Year honour, acknowledging the initiatives carried out that align with the United Nation’s development goals.

John Dielhof, managing director at Jones Bros, said: “For the last 50 years, we’ve continuously shown our commitment to ESG activities. This report has given us a platform to break down each moving part that makes the company a success.

“We will continue to pride ourselves in setting the industry standard and hope that it encourages other like-minded businesses to communicate their efforts, as it would certainly be positive for the sector.”

Jones Bros, which has plans to reach net zero by 2050, has saved more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions through the introduction of solar power and hybrid generators, cutting fuel usage by 1,500 litres with an electrical pool car fleet.

The firm champions its gold award status for 15 years in a row with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, as well as its sponsorship of Mates in Mind, a sector-specific mental health charity which helps companies to support their workforce.

John continued: “Our employees are just as important to acknowledge in our ESG efforts, as they represent the company and help us evolve in an ever-changing business landscape.

“I’m thrilled with what we’ve accomplished and I’m keen to see how we will continue to develop, invest in our people, and support the communities where we work.”

Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros owns one of the largest plant fleets in the UK and employs approximately 500 people.

The company is currently working on contracts in various sectors including highwaysflood and marine defencewaste management and renewable energy around the UK.

The company runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which has produced nearly 40 per cent of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role. It has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years.

The full report can be accessed online in Welsh and English.