About the Charter

By demonstrating leadership and working together, we will rebuild Canterbury safely and create a legacy we can be proud of.

What is the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter?

The Charter was developed in the early days of the Canterbury Rebuild as a way of making sure everyone who works in construction in Canterbury comes home safe and healthy every night. It’s an agreement on health and safety between more than 340 organisations – from small companies to large construction firms and from government organisations to NGOs. Signing the Charter means your organisation will meet or work towards the Charter’s ten commitments and detailed actions.

What does the Charter seek to achieve?

The Charter helps us to raise our standards of health and safety across Canterbury construction. In doing so, it helps prevent people from being killed, seriously injured or suffering life-changing work-related illnesses.

The Charter sets the standards for a consistent and collective approach to health and safety on Canterbury worksites. Everyone will know what’s expected of them, and what they have to do to keep themselves and others safe.

By reducing the rate of injury and illness the Charter also supports an efficient and successful rebuild.

What do leaders commit to when they sign the Charter?

By signing up, leaders agree that they and their organisations will implement the Charter’s actions. They also give their backing to the Charter’s vision and aspirational commitments.

Leaders make a public commitment when they sign the Charter. They’re expected to hold themselves, and the people who work for them, to account for implementing the Charter.

Within a month of signing, organisations are also required to complete an assessment tool – this is a checklist to help your organisation assess how you’re performing against the Charter. This tool will generate an organisation performance improvement plan to help you improve your Charter performance.

Why is the Charter needed?

Anyone involved in construction in Canterbury can sign the Charter – whether they are a small building or trades company, or an organisation supplying building materials or products.

There are currently more than 300 signatories – and that’s growing every week.

The more organisations we can get involved the more successful the Charter will be in raising the standards of health and safety across the rebuild.

What do organisations get when they sign up?

As well as improving the health, safety and wellbeing of your workforce, your colleagues and the industry as a whole – there are many benefits to signing or endorsing the Charter. These include:

  • Support and advice from Charter signatories to improve your organisation’s health and safety
  • Access to the online Charter tools, including:
    • an organisation assessment tool – a checklist to help your organisation assess how you’re performing against the Charter. This also provides you with the aggregate results so you can see how Charter signatories are performing and can compare your results with others in the industry.
    • an organisation performance plan – this is generated after you complete the assessment tool with your unique information. It helps you plan to improve your Charter performance.
    • personal leadership assessment tools. There are four tools for each of the following levels of organisations – directors, managers, site supervisors and workers. The tools help people assess their leadership performance and identify areas for improvement.
  • Support from the Charter support officer who will run Charter inductions for staff of new and existing Charter members, as well as engage with workers about the Charter and H&S in general
  • Guidance notes, factsheets and toolbox talks to help you improve your Charter performance – as well as access to a members’ area on the website where you can view industry information
  • Images and videos from the signing ceremony you can use in your own communications material
  • Access to Charter events including key speakers on topical H&S issues
  • Posters, logos and Charter collateral to display in your business and on your sites.
How much does it cost to be involved in the Charter?

The costs of developing Charter resources were initially funded by Government(WorkSafe NewZealand and ACC) and larger government organisations and private companies.

With the Charter activity to help improve health and safety on all our sites increasing significantly and the numbers of signatories growing steadily, the Steering Group agreed to implement a membership funding scheme for the Charter from July 2015. WorkSafe and ACC continue to fund some of the larger projects carried out by the Charter.

To continue to fund the remainder of the Charter activity, annual contributions are required from signatories.

This contribution is based on the size of the business – the Charter uses the number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employees of your organisation to determine its size. This does not include contractors, sub-contractors or hired labour. The organisation is the legal entity. For example, if the organisation is a national company with a Canterbury branch, then it is based on the national company size. However there are occasions where the size is determined on a Canterbury-only operation – for example where a company may be running a single franchise only in Canterbury with other franchises throughout the country.

FTE Count01-56-910-1920-4950-99100+
Finalised annual levies for 2015/16$0$0$0$100$300$700$1,500

Please note that those with 0 FTEs include owner operators with no staff and those with only 1 part-time staff member.

This funding allows the Charter to continue to provide leadership and resources to grow health and safety capability. This includes developing tangible tools, resources and networking opportunities to support signatories to meet the Charter’s ten commitments and actions to help us achieve our legacy of rebuilding Canterbury together safely.

Endorsees are not required to pay a contribution, however they are able to make a voluntary contribution as a sponsor.

How can other people sign up to the Charter?

Leaders wanting to sign or endorse the Charter should read this page →