In a period when austerity and Brexit have highlighted the social divide in our country, the need for an approach to major projects that puts social inclusion at the core of what we do has never seemed more relevant. If the pot of money is smaller but the need to bring people together is greater, we must look closely at how we deliver value to our clients, engage with stakeholders and serve the communities who are the ultimate beneficiaries of our labours.This seminar aimed to bring together companies at all points on the social inclusion learning curve to learn from each other through knowledge sharing and networking to drive a more proactive and informed approach to social inclusion in the major projects sector.
The following themes emerged:
1. The importance of social inclusion is recognised by an increasing body of companies.
2. Companies are at very early stages in embedding a socially inclusive approach.
3. There is a concern that we are not impacting the right people and that methods of valuing project benefits are causing a distorted approach.
4. Calculating and communicating the spatially distributed benefits of large national projects is extremely challenging.
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