Proposal for promoting equality and sustainable development

Date published: 04 February 2019

Through the Construction Industry Forum for Northern Ireland (CIFNI), the Government Construction Clients (GCC) and the construction industry - as represented by the Construction Industry Group for Northern Ireland - have jointly explored how sustainability issues could be incorporated into construction contracts.


CIFNI proposal for promoting equality and sustainable development  

Instead of requiring contractors to submit proposals on sustainability as part of the procurement process, the task group in 2008 concluded that the most effective way of delivering sustainable objectives would be for government to set out its requirements within the NEC3 Contract Works Information.

The sustainability proposals were reviewed in 2011, 2016 and again in 2018. The current proposals should be implemented from 1 February 2019.

The latest revisions include: 

  • new reporting arrangements for Buy Social
  • resource efficiency / environmental requirements
  • GDPR requirements
  • provisions to address modern slavery 

The requirements are supported by a Contractor's Sustainability Report (CSR). It is intended that the CSR will be added to by the contractor as the project progresses, and will be used to demonstrate how the contract requirements have been achieved. 

Whilst some of the sustainability requirements will apply to all projects, others will only apply above certain construction cost thresholds. 

Sustainability requirements - guidance, model contract clauses (Feb 2019) 

View below:

  • the revised sustainability requirements (Feb 2019)
  • Contractors Sustainability Report (v1.3) 

Please note the CSR report below is only to be used where the contract included the April 2016 requirements! A new CSR version will be published shortly for contracts which include the February 2019 sustainability requirements. 

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