Our Policy Positions

At the CIOB we have policy positions that cover a wide range of key issues that affect the construction industry. Our positions cover Ethics, Quality, The Future of Construction, Education and Skills, and The Economic and Social Impact of the Industry. These act as an official stance for what the CIOB believes in and guides the work we do at an industry and government level.


Construction is considered to be susceptible to unethical practices. We believe that ethics is central to what it means to be a professional within the industry and a member of the CIOB. Maintaining ethical principles improves transparency and encourages high quality construction.


Good quality buildings should promote health, safety and wellbeing as well as address today’s many social, cultural, environmental and economic concerns. The safety of a building should be the top priority for the construction industry as it is vital that all buildings are safe for their intended users.

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Future of Construction

The construction industry continues to innovate and use digital technologies in order to improve its productivity and efficiency. We believe this will help to attract a more diverse workforce which will continue to increase social mobility within the industry.

Education and Skills

Globally, we are seeing an ageing workforce that will have a significant impact on employment and knowledge of skills. By encouraging apprenticeships and new talent into the industry, this will reduce the skills gap and help retain knowledge by the large proportion of workers who are set to retire.

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Economic and Social Impact

Construction has a profound economic, social and environmental impact. It is therefore important that we address issues of poor productivity within the industry as well as the impact construction has on climate change.

The Wider Built Environment

Although we hold firm policy positions on a variety of issues, there are several areas we are not best placed to advise on. This is where our partnerships with other organisations in the built environment come into play. The following policy areas are those that we have less expertise on, and we discuss other organisations that we believe are best placed for formal comment.