Supply Chain Sustainability School continues to positively impact a sustainable UK built environment, report finds
● COVID-19 forced the Supply Chain Sustainability School to move all learning online, resulting in a year-on-year increase of 269% of members partaking in free training sessions; +101% utlising learning resources and +84% downloading e-learning.
● The School helped 76% of members gain a better understanding of their organisations’ sustainability impacts: two thirds confirmed they had reduced their carbon emissions, over half reduced their waste, 44% improved air quality and 37% reduced their water consumption
● Members are changing their business processes to embed sustainability thinking: over two thirds reported the School enabled this change
● Three quarters of members admitted the School helped them gain a clearer understanding of their own business sustainability objectives, as well as client’s sustainability objectives
● Findings also show the School helped companies be more collaborative, with 58% confirming they developed a better relationship with their supplier
Laing O’Rourke’s Head of Procurement for Europe, Carol Williams, has been appointed to the Board of the industry leading Supply Chain Sustainability School. The appointment was announced during the School’s AGM held on Thursday 25 March.
Carol said: “I’m honoured to join the Board of the Supply Chain Sustainability School and look forward to playing my part in establishing it as a centre of excellence for developing supply chains who can deliver a sustainable built environment.
“While I joined Laing O’Rourke last year, the company has partnered with the School since 2014 during which time we have internally increased awareness of sustainability issues, upskilled our supply chain and played an instrumental role in the development of the offsite leadership group.
“I look forward to continuing that support and am passionate about driving for progress towards a more sustainable industry.”
The Supply Chain Sustainability School seeks to upskill those working within, or aspiring to work within, the built environment sector. The Board members provide governance through nine elected Partner representatives with Shaun McCarthy OBE as the independent chair. The Board is responsible for the fiscal governance and strategic direction of the School. When required, the Board will consult expert advisers on matters such as training, media and communications and legal services.
Shaun McCarthy OBE commented: “I am delighted to welcome Carol to the Board. Procurement expertise is critical to the Supply Chain Sustainability School and Carol’s deep experience from a variety of sectors will help to bring a fresh perspective to our work. This coupled with her undoubted passion for sustainability makes me feel confident that she will make a great contribution to our world class collaboration.”
Carol outlined her hopes for the coming year, saying: “We will continue to collaborate with client partners within the School to understand key sustainability priorities, adopt the use of the carbon measurement tool, and e-learning modules, whilst also working in partnership to create new modules.”
There are currently 190 Laing O’Rourke employees who are active members of the Supply Chain Sustainability School.
Last week, Raconteur published its 2021 report on Procurement & Supply Chain Innovation where Carol joined fellow procurement professionals to discuss strategic 2 supplier partnerships and other ways of making supply chains more sustainable. Read what the roundtable participants had to say.