Having a highly sustainable supply chain is a central element of becoming a highly sustainable business.

Sustainable procurement is becoming an increasingly important issue in the construction and building services industries. How we develop our supply chain has a direct impact on our ability to uphold our responsibilities as a sustainable business.

Health and Safety

Exceptional health and safety performance is an integral aspect of being a sustainable business, but this would be impossible without the involvement of our supply chain. We believe that our supply chain partners deserve the same treatment as our employees when it comes to health and safety, which is why we protect them with industry-leading initiatives such as Focus 30 and Passport to Work and provide them with ongoing training opportunities. Find out more about our approach to supply chain health and safety.

Environment

It is our responsibility to mitigate risk caused through our activities so that it has the least amount of impact on the external environment. We are continuously improving the ways in which we source materials and recycle our waste products, paying particular attention to our carbon footprint. Where possible, we use local based businesses to support each scheme, thereby minimising road miles incurred through our deliveries. We only work with supply chain partners who share our environmental commitments and meet our minimum standards.

Investing in SMEs

We focus on investing in small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in order to boost local economies and increase employment opportunities. Through our Supply Chain Charter and simplified supplier and sub-contractor application process, we make our procurement route transparent and accessible in order to level the playing field for SMEs. We provide feedback and advice for prospective supply chain partners who do not quite meet our performance criteria, so that they are able to improve and develop in order to achieve future success.

We believe that investing in small businesses is an essential aspect of building for the future, as diversified spending in the construction and building services industries will result in a more resilient and sustainable economy. Our current procurement policy is already on track to meet and exceed the Government’s target spend of 25% with SMEs by 2018.