Module 1: Commitment
This module looks at how an organisation engages with its customers and community.
The module focuses leadership and the implications of FIR on budget, strategy and governance. It may also require an organisation to communicate its commitment to FIR to its clients and through opportunities arising out of various networking activities.
It encourages being able to plan strategically in order to meet FIR requirements, demonstrate leadership and use influence to further the FIR agenda.
Module 2: Policies and procedures
This module clearly outlines the requirements for an organisation to comply with the protected characteristics covered in the Equality Act 2010 and ensures the relevant policies and procedures are in place to facilitate these requirements.
It is predominantly paper-based with the aim of making sure the organisation has the correct foundation in place to enable behavioural change to take place.
The module also encourages the organisation to extend its influence in FIR related matters through its public relations and web activities.
Module 3: Employment
This module focuses on the organisation’s approach to employment practices and the monitoring of those practices. It is concerned with how staff are managed and strategically considered in the workplace.
The organisation may decide to act upon the results of the monitoring exercise, especially if they are seeking Accreditation.
A key element of this module is that the organisation maintains fair, inclusive and respectful treatment of its workforce and demonstrates this through its recruitment practices as well.
Module 4: Site environment
This module looks at embedding the principles of fairness, inclusion and respect into current site practices.
This module is important for the framework because the site environment is where practices are implemented and behaviours can be observed.
This is where the organisation can see the impact and results of the FIR measures it has put into place.
Module 5: Supply chain
Note: this module is only relevant where a construction company actually engages with some form of the supply chain.
It is important to understand the role of the supply chain in an organisation’s commitment to FIR and this module looks at how FIR is driven down the supply chain.
The emphasis is on working with and protecting the supply chain rather than passing on the risk. If change is going to occur within the industry, the supply chain must be brought on board.
This module provides the organisation with the means to monitor and influence interactions with their supply chain around FIR and ensure compliance during the procurement process.