Gammon Construction wins Kitemark Certification for Innovation Management
Gammon Construction Limited has become one of the first organisations globally, and only organisation outside of the UK, to achieve BSI Kitemark certification for innovation management.
The BSI Kitemark for innovation management has been designed to help organisations improve their innovation management performance, and demonstrate the value and impact of their innovation outcomes to stakeholders and customers. Gammon Construction is one of the first companies to be audited and recognised by the scheme.
Paul Evans, Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of Gammon, said: “Gammon Construction is proud to be the first organisation outside the UK to have achieved this Kitemark and have our innovation management leadership, processes and initiatives recognised for their effectiveness in delivering innovation in the construction industry. Driving innovation with inspiring leadership, fostering an innovative culture through recognition and upskilling, and funding value-added initiatives are fundamental aspects to Gammon’s way of working. We are delighted to have achieved this certification.”
Innovation has been a core business strategy for Gammon over the past decade, contributing to its long-term resilience and sustainability. Through digital transformation practices and automated construction, the company continues to enhance its operational efficiency and safety in all aspects of work lifecycles. The company strongly believes innovation creates value for its clients, stakeholders, supply chain and society in general and that it is best pursued and managed using a best practice approach.
Based on ISO 56002 Innovation management – Innovation management system – Guidance, the Kitemark for innovation management validates an organisation’s determination on its innovation vision, strategy, policy, objectives and establishment of the support and processes needed to achieve the intended innovation outcomes. Organisations also need to demonstrate improvement through quantitative measurement against their own strategic intent. The scheme assesses the effectiveness of an organisation’s innovation management system according to the following key principles:
- Context of organisation: Understand the organization, its challenges and opportunities, its culture, the needs of its stakeholders and customers and its innovation intent
- Leadership: Demonstrate a commitment to innovation, sharing the vision and strategy for delivery including assigning roles and responsibilities and implementing an innovation policy
- Planning: Focus on the innovation objectives and how to achieve them including putting an effective structure in place
- Support: Ensure the organisation has the right people, resources, skills /knowledge, finance, infrastructure and this is clearly communicated where necessary
- Operation: Planning, implementing and controlling any innovation initiatives or processes
- Performance Evaluation: Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation
- Improvement: Consider opportunities for improvement and implement changes effectively.
The BSI Kitemark for innovation management helps Gammon’s Digital & Innovation Team measure the impact, value and return on investment of their innovation programme. The company will be assessed on an ongoing basis to ensure it continues to meet the necessary requirements.