The Building a Safer Future Charter has launched its ‘Charter Champions’ initiative to support organisations to drive culture change to put building safety first.
The Charter, developed by a group of early adopters in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, promotes urgent and positive culture and behavior change in the safety of the built environment. It consists of five commitments that centre on protecting life by putting building safety first, ahead of all other building priorities.
The Charter Champion initiative supports organisations to identify potential issues through self-assessment, benchmarking and independent verification and to recognise ways to reduce their building safety risk profile. The initiative will also enable organisations to create continuous improvement plans to develop their overall approach and performance on building safety culture and leadership.
As part of the launch 12 organisations, including Places for People, MHS Homes and Salix Homes, have signed up to become the first Charter Champions and begin the journey of robust benchmarking and independent assessment.
All organisations in the UK involved in the built environment can become Registered Signatories to the Charter and, if appropriate, progress to undertaking the ‘Charter Champion’ benchmarking process.
The Building a Safer Future Charter was founded by the Early Adopters Scheme and was developed by the government to help drive cultural changes to achieve a safer building safety system.
The Early Adopters are housing associations, local authorities, developers and contactors that have been working closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to trial proposed policy options for the new regulatory regime. They have also worked together to create and participate in opportunities to improve building safety with the wider sector.