Robert Ferris's Festive Message

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Once again, this has been a challenging year for us all with the arrival of the ‘Delta Variant’ to our shores followed by the rise and spread of community infections, with Auckland hardest hit.

Alongside our clients, we remain focused on accelerating workforce vaccination as a key ongoing response to protecting our people and the communities in which we work. 

We mandated full vaccination for all staff seconded to Transpower’s Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project (CUWLP) in the lower South Island, safeguarding the local farming landowners and community.

In Auckland, through Vector’s relationship with Ngati Whatua, we were able to expedite the vaccination of employees and their families in the rollout of the government’s national vaccine programme.

While we have successfully maintained the health and safety of our teams as elimination and alert level protocols evolved, we anticipate moving under the ‘traffic light system’ will allow us in the new year to prioritise the interrupted implementation of a new critical risk structure, with associated controls and assurance regime.

Working closely with our procurement partners, we were able to set in place a new Supplier Code of Conduct Agreement, governing our third-party relationships. Reflecting VINCI’s business practice policies and declarations, the agreement covers a range of labour, HSE, ethical and human rights laws and regulations, including a modern slavery risk disclosure clause.

Since 2019, we have made significant progress in formalising our sustainability strategy and commitments, publishing our first sustainability report this year as testament to the reach and depth of our economic, social and community programme initiatives.  

Among the global winning projects in VINCI’s inaugural Environment Awards, we took great pride in the success of our transmission project manager, Finau Fonua, as a finalist and jury favourite prizewinner for his innovative tower soak pit design.

Our Omexom Netherlands colleagues won their region’s penultimate technical prize for the recovery and reuse of high pollutant SF6 insulator gas in HV switchgear.

VINCI’s goal in introducing the annual Environment Awards is to reward and cross-pollinate innovation across its global operations and contribute to its 2030 pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%.

An additional €35,000 donation from the VINCI Global Covid Relief Fund has been a welcome boost to our CSR programme this year, allowing us to channel increased financial and practical support to foodbanks and charities that work with children and families, such as the Salvation Army, National Hauora Coalition and Ronald McDonald Houses.

Partnering with two additional low-decile primary schools this year, we now provide funding and staff volunteer support to six schools in our local communities nationally.

Alongside our CSR programme, and in collaboration with other New Zealand subsidiaries, we have recently launched the VINCI NZ Foundation – one of 15 Vinci global endowment funds. Next year, I will share more about the social, housing and employment mobility initiatives we will be supporting in high priority communities.

Despite the resurgence of Covid-19 significantly impacting our operational activities at times, thanks to your support we have continued to maintain employees on full pay, and more importantly retained our workforce.

Attracting and retaining skilled labour is a perennial challenge across our industry sectors. With closed international borders and tight controls on immigration, we anticipate the downstream impacts of this hiatus in the already tight labour market will become the key challenge we face in 2022.

In anticipation of a festive season which will see us all enjoying a greater freedom of movement around New Zealand, we look forward to our continued partnership in the New Year and wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Sincerely,

Robert Ferris, Managing Director