WHAT IS
THE CHARTER?

What is the Building a Safer Future Charter?

Vision: An industry committed to putting people’s safety first

The Building a Safer Future Charter consists of five commitments that demonstrate commitment to protecting life by putting safety first, ahead of all other building priorities.

It was developed by the Industry Early Adopters Group (referred to as Charter Founders) as a first step towards spearheading the cultural and behavioural changes required across the industry to achieve a safer building system.

Charter Commitments

The Charter Commitments are a key mechanism to drive the culture change and action required to improve building safety by making improvements to current practice and behaviours.

Commitment 1

Collaborate to spearhead culture change and be the voice of building safety across our sector.

Commitment 2

Be transparent in the interests of safety, sharing key information with residents, clients, contractors and statutory bodies in a useful and accessible manner in the design, construction and occupation phases of the process.

Commitment 3

Make safety a key factor of choice in who we work with, ensuring that building safety is placed at the centre of selection decisions without compromising quality or value for money.

Commitment 4

Ensure that the voices and safety of residents, visitors and employees are central in our decision making process.

Commitment 5

Set out and communicate clear responsibilities within our organisation and with our partners, ensuring everyone with a stake in the building during design, construction and occupation understands their role and has the time and resources they need to achieve and maintain building safety.

Charter in Action

How the Charter Founders are fulfilling the Building a Safer Future Charter commitments

It is important that the Charter is not just a piece of paper that is signed, but a systemic change in approach to ensure that building safety comes first. Across the Charter Founders, they have already been taking steps to do this.

Examples of things that the Charter Founders have been doing are included under each of the five Charter headings below.

Charter Commitment 1 – Collaborate to spearhead culture change and be the voice of building safety across our sector.

What the Charter Founders have been doing:

• Creating a culture where everyone involved in the design, construction and occupation of a building feels able to raise concerns – with transparency and accountability the priority
• Making building safety a collective aim for industry, so that companies across the sector challenge each other, share best practice and share lessons learned to continually improve the safety of buildings for residents
• Pre-empting the implementation of building safety reforms, testing and trialing proposals and sharing the results so that regulation is fit for purpose and proactively taking the lead to continually improve building safety in the future

Charter Commitment 2 – Be transparent in the interests of safety, sharing key information residents, clients, contractors and statutory bodies in a useful accessible manner in the design, construction and occupation phases of the process.

What the Charter Founders have been doing:

• Creating Building Safety Records to provide key building safety information for residents
• Making the best use of digital technologies to ensure key building information is recorded and retained
• Using social media to keep residents informed as to what is happening and where they can access more information

Charter Commitment 3 – Make safety a key factor of choice in who we work with, ensuring building safety is placed at the centre of selection decisions without compromising quality or value for money.

What the Charter Founders have been doing:

• Ensuring that supply chain partners are similarly committed to improving building safety are working towards signing the Building a Safer Future Charter
• Ensuring clear competence requirements for all companies and people working on high-rise buildings
• Moving towards a ‘digital by default’ approach to working with supply chain partners to ensure that we can create a digital record for new buildings that can be passed into operation

Charter Commitment 4 – Ensure that the voices and safety of residents, visitors and employees are central in our decision making process.

What the Charter Founders have been doing:

• Establishing a single accountable person for each building who residents can contact with queries and concerns
• Ensuring that meaningful consultation with residents is undertaken before any material changes to their buildings
• Developing an open and no blame reporting and feedback process to allow opportunities for improvements in safety to be captured

Charter Commitment 5 – Set out and communicate clear responsibilities within our with our partners, ensuring everyone with a stake in the building design, construction and occupation understands their role and resources they need to achieve and maintain building safety.

What the Charter Founders have been doing:

• Ensuring that there is board level commitment to putting building safety first
• Defining clear roles and responsibilities within teams and with supply chain, including building in good quality assurance to ensure a good outcome
• Investing in training and continuing professional development – both within the company and with supply chain partners

Charter Commitment 1 – Collaborate to spearhead culture change and be the voice of building safety across our sector.

What the Charter Founders have been doing:

• Creating a culture where everyone involved in the design, construction and occupation of a building feels able to raise concerns – with transparency and accountability the priority
• Making building safety a collective aim for industry, so that companies across the sector challenge each other, share best practice and share lessons learned to continually improve the safety of buildings for residents
• Pre-empting the implementation of building safety reforms, testing and trialing proposals and sharing the results so that regulation is fit for purpose and proactively taking the lead to continually improve building safety in the future

Charter Commitment 2 – Be transparent in the interests of safety, sharing key information residents, clients, contractors and statutory bodies in a useful accessible manner in the design, construction and occupation phases of the process.

What the Charter Founders have been doing:

• Creating Building Safety Records to provide key building safety information for residents
• Making the best use of digital technologies to ensure key building information is recorded and retained
• Using social media to keep residents informed as to what is happening and where they can access more information

Charter Commitment 3 – Make safety a key factor of choice in who we work with, ensuring building safety is placed at the centre of selection decisions without compromising quality or value for money.

What the Charter Founders have been doing:

• Ensuring that supply chain partners are similarly committed to improving building safety are working towards signing the Building a Safer Future Charter
• Ensuring clear competence requirements for all companies and people working on high-rise buildings
• Moving towards a ‘digital by default’ approach to working with supply chain partners to ensure that we can create a digital record for new buildings that can be passed into operation

Charter Commitment 4 – Ensure that the voices and safety of residents, visitors and employees are central in our decision making process.

What the Charter Founders have been doing:

• Establishing a single accountable person for each building who residents can contact with queries and concerns
• Ensuring that meaningful consultation with residents is undertaken before any material changes to their buildings
• Developing an open and no blame reporting and feedback process to allow opportunities for improvements in safety to be captured

Charter Commitment 5 – Set out and communicate clear responsibilities within our with our partners, ensuring everyone with a stake in the building design, construction and occupation understands their role and resources they need to achieve and maintain building safety.

What the Charter Founders have been doing:

• Ensuring that there is board level commitment to putting building safety first
• Defining clear roles and responsibilities within teams and with supply chain, including building in good quality assurance to ensure a good outcome
• Investing in training and continuing professional development – both within the company and with supply chain partners

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