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Manage risk & enhance reputation with responsible sourcing

This conference, jointly held with the Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing (APRES) features stimulating and insightful presentations on new developments on responsible sourcing in construction.
In collaboration with the Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing (APRES), CIRIA will host the fifth APRES Conference Managing risk and enhancing reputation through responsible sourcing to take place on 24 November 2015 in London.

Ticket information:
£100 + VAT for CIRIA Core & Associate, and *APRES members.
£175 + VAT for CIRIA network and non members.
APRES members must contact Patrick Williams to book.

Responsible sourcing is the management, and improvement, of sustainability issues associated with construction products and materials across the project supply chain, for both buildings and civil infrastructure. The construction industry is realising the need to minimise the impact that construction and the supply chain have on resources and the environment, both in the UK and all over the world. As such, responsible sourcing of products is a key focus for organisations, and there has been an increasing awareness of the manufacturers of these products across the construction sector.

Why attend
Delegates at this year's event will:
  • explore mitigation of reputational and economic risks following the potential consequences that poor management of supply chains and non-adoption of responsible sourcing practices could have
  • hear of progress from across the sector including a number of new and innovative tools and guidance
  • discuss responsible sourcing in the context of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and positive steps you can take to mitigating reputational risk
  • gain 5 hours of CPD.
Who should attend
  • Clients and designers: can you afford the reputational risk that a supply-chain exposé might have on one of your projects?
  • Contractors and manufacturers: with environmental and social criteria now featuring heavily on pre-qualification questionnaires, is your business up to speed?
  • Scheme operators: can you be confident your assessment criteria are up to date and comparable with equivalent schemes operated in other sectors?


PDF copy of programme is available to download here.

09.00       Coffee and registration; exhibition opens

09.30       Welcome address
                Jim McClelland, Chair

Session I: Understanding the context for Responsible Sourcing
09.40       Keynote address
                Peter Caplehorn, Policy Director & Deputy Chief Executive, Construction Products Association

10.00      The ‘responsible sourcing’ landscape in construction sector
               Prof Jacqui Glass, Loughborough University, APRES

10.15      Building resilience to economic risks through responsible sourcing
               Gary Healey, Director, Turner & Townsend Consulting

10.35      Panel Q&A and discussion

11.00      Refreshment break and exhibition

Session II:   Voices from the value chain
11.30       Client perspective
                Lydia Hopton, Property Project Manager, Plan A, Marks & Spencer

11.45       Designer & specifier perspective
                Kristian Steele, Principal Consultant, Arup

12.00       Designer & specifier perspective
                Dr Peter Gates, Structural Engineer, Buro Happold
                Robin Miedzybrodzk, Researcher, Buro Happold

12.15       Contractor perspective
                Andrew Kinsey, Head of Sustainability & Construction, Mace

12.30       Panel Q&A and discussion

13.00       Lunch and exhibition

Session III: Break outs
14.00       Break out sessions
A series of sessions will provide you with an opportunity to further explore topics in detail. Each delegate will have the opportunity to take part in two break out sessions.

Session A: Practical steps towards achieving a more transparent supply chain
Ian Nicholson, Managing Director, Responsible Solutions Ltd,
Dr Shamir Ghumra, Principal Consultant, Responsible Solutions Ltd

Session B: Social impacts & ethical dimensions of engineering and the construction sector
Alison Symmers, Head of Willmott Dixon Foundation
Dr Peter Gates, Structural Engineer, Buro Happold

Session C: Resilient Sourcing - Supply chains fit for the future 
Flavie Lowres & Ed Suttie, BRE 

15.00       Refreshment break and exhibition
15.30       Session IV: Break out sessions
                Repeat of sessions A, B, C

16.30       Closing drinks reception

17.30      Conference end and depart 

Tuesday 24 Novmeber 2015

The Building Centre, Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

Sponsored by:
We are delighted to once again welcome Responsible Solutions as this year’s headline sponsor who have over 10 years experience supporting clients in demonstrating their environmental and corporate credentials.


Lunch sponsor     Drinks reception sponsor


If you are unable to book online, please contact Patrick Williams on 0207 549 3308. Your completed booking form can be returned by post or email to Patrick Williams
Building Centre Store Street LONDON WC1E 7BT

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