Minimising risk through responsible sourcing (P2954)

The construction materials industry is being subjected to growing stakeholder expectations about the accountability, transparency and legitimacy of its operations.

It is time to act on these concerns and ensure that the UK construction industry is responsibly sourcing its materials and products.

Responsible sourcing is a holistic approach to managing a product from the point at which component materials are mined or harvested, through manufacture and processing; its adoption demonstrates an ethos of supply chain management and product stewardship (eg FSC or PEFC) and encompasses social, economic and environmental dimensions.

CIRIA are working in partnership with APRES (Action Programme on Responsible Sourcing) and Responsible Solutions to develop practical guidance to assist buyers to procure key materials for construction projects that takes account of the “global supply chain” and highlights the reputational and financial risks arising from “getting it wrong”.

APRES have launched two case study videos from Aggregate Industries and Celsa Steel UK that by answering the question - Do you know where your materials come from? to demonstrate responsible sourcing in construction.

Download the full proposal for more information.

Project status
This project is part funded and we are currently seeking industry support and involvement. 

Project funders

Berkeley Group Holding plc; BRE; Eco-Reinforcement; Highways England; High Speed Two (HS2) Limited; Kier; Laing O’Rourke; Loughborough University; Sir Robert McAlpine; UK CARES and Waterman Energy Environment & Design

Project contributors

Atlas Dynamics; Balfour Beatty Construction Service UK; BAM Construct UK; British Constructional Steel Association; Carillion; Crossrail; Gatwick Airport; Hanson Building Products

Heathrow Airport; LafargeTarmac; Lend Lease Europe Ltd; Skanska UK; Tata Steel and Willmott Dixon

Further information
For more information and to get involved in the project, please contact 
Philip Charles.