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21 Get involved CIRIA is continuing its partnership with APRES by arranging their third joint conference on Responsible sourcing to be held in London on 24 November 2015. The event will feature stimulating and insightful presentations on new developments on responsible sourcing in construction. The programme for the conference is currently under development so keep abreast of details via www.ciria.org. References DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENTERPRISE AND REGULATORY REFORM (2008), Strategy for sustainable construction, DBERR, London, UK. DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS (2013), Construction 2025 – Industrial Strategy: Government and Industry in Partnership, DBIS, London, UK. BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTION (2009). BS 8902: 2009 Responsible sourcing sector certification schemes for construction products, British Standards Institution, London, UK. BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT (2009). BES 6001: Framework standard for the responsible sourcing of construction products, ver 1.0, Building Research Establishment, Watford. BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT (2013). BES 6001: Framework standard for the responsible sourcing of construction products, ver 3.0, Building Research Establishment, Watford. BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT (2011). BREEAM UK New Construction: Non-Domestic Buildings Technical Manual SD5076-1.0: 2014, Building Research Establishment, Watford. LIVESEY, K. AND HUGHES, D. (2013). Responsible sourcing of materials in construction: Information Paper IP 3/13, Building Research Establishment, Watford. GLASS, J., ACHOUR, N., PARRY T. AND NICHOLSON, I. (2012), “Engaging small firms in sustainable supply chains: responsible sourcing practices in the UK construction industry”, International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 29-58. GLASS, J. (2015) “Opening our eyes to supply chain ethics”, Construction Manager, February. Available at: http:// www.construction-manager.co.uk/ management/opening-our-eyes-supply-chain- ethics/ “We have to think beyond the immediate boundaries of our projects and consider the provenance of the materials used in constructing our built assets. The conditions that are prevalent in other parts of the world are not what we as individuals, or as responsible organisations would like to see. Ask yourself if you would want to work under the conditions that are prevalent in other jurisdictions. Now consider the reputational risk to your organisation, be it private or public sector. Do you want to be associated with material/product procurement decisions that can be traced back to unethical working practices used in their manufacture? If the answer is yes, then do nothing. If the answer is no, then don’t wait for others to solve the problem for you.“ Mike de Silva, Crossrail


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