Laura Phillips, Incentive FM Group’s HR director, is joining its board in a move designed to ensure that the company’s focus on social value is formalised across all parts of the business.
Her appointment marks the fact that the issue is recognised as a key strategic driver. She has a remit to deliver a holistic social value approach that incorporates commitments to the environment and the communities in which the group operates.
Incentive said that In her HR role, Phillips has been at the forefront of the group’s people-based management and its staff wellbeing development since she arrived over 10 years ago under TUPE. In addition to running HR and payroll functions, she now oversees health and safety, compliance and environmental strategy.
The group identifies itself as a people-orientated business whose vision of “having staff who love working for us and clients who love working with us” is the bedrock of its operational decision-making. It points out that companies’ social value efforts are now being supported by the government, which recently announced that its departments would increase the weighting of a social value score when assessing suppliers on the wider positive benefits they bring by delivering the contract.
The government states that the move will maximise value for money for the taxpayer while also building a more resilient and diverse supplier base.
Martin Reed, CEO at Incentive FM Group, said: “Although social value seems to be a buzz phrase at the moment, our business has been focused on all the elements for many years. Laura’s appointment to the group board will ensure we have a focal point to bring together all of the fantastic work and innovations our operational businesses and central teams are delivering.”