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The School is pleased to announce that Mane Contract Services has become the latest Partner to join the School.

Mane Contract Services place sustainability at the forefront of their business. Therefore as part of their ongoing commitment to driving true sustainability throughout their business and supply chain, they believed that becoming a partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School was a no brainer.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is the UK’s leading sustainability engagement tool. Becoming a partner was a natural step to further align ourselves with other likeminded organisations and play our part in effecting positive change throughout or industry.”  – Darrell Atkins, Divisional Director

Homebuilders and the Supply Chain Sustainability School collaborate to research packaging waste

Three of the UK’s largest homebuilders – Barratt Developments, Bellway and Taylor Wimpey – are collaborating on research to tackle the problem of packaging waste in the homebuilding sector.

Working through the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s Waste and Resource Efficiency Group, and supported by Zero Waste Scotland, this research project will apply learning from the retail sector by researching packaging waste at its manufacturing and supply sources, rather than the traditional way of examining waste streams in the skip.

Research shows that most dry mixed recyclable waste across the built environment is packaging, and with the new Plastic Packaging Tax set to jump to £200 per tonne in April 2022, this project will seek to gain a detailed understanding of packaging flows from a combined list of the three housebuilders’ top 50 suppliers.

By establishing the size of the problem, the project will guide those who work with suppliers to reduce waste, and importantly, move to a circular rather than linear economy. Considerations will include; where to reduce waste at source, new ways and materials to transport materials to site safely and securely, increasing recycled content within packaging, and re-using or recycling more packaging materials.

Stephen Boyle, Construction Spokesperson for Zero Waste Scotland, said,

“I’m delighted that three of the industry’s leading homebuilders have come together. By collaborating we will be able to tackle this problem quicker and more effectively than by taking individual actions.

“All of us are faced with tougher legal requirements and increased producer responsibilities, but importantly, as consumers we no longer accept the environmental cost of packaging waste.

“The data collected will be used to help develop a constructive dialogue with suppliers, manufacturers, home builders and waste contractors aimed at helping us all to tackle this significant problem.”

The project will be using Valpak’s Insight Platform, a state-of-the-art data collection platform that has been used extensively in the retail sector to help the UK’s largest retailers understand their packaging waste streams.

The Platform will provide access and visibility into packaging handled by the home builders. It is hoped that through this project the methodology will also be applied to other hot spots of packaging waste in the built environment such as infrastructure, commercial fit out and facilities management.

Matt Nichols, Divisional Director of Reconomy, who chairs the Waste and Resource Efficiency Group for the School said,

“Homebuilders, like other operators in the built environment, are doing a lot to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. But there is still a long way to go to re-think the problem and reduce the volume of packaging waste ending up in skips on project sites.

“This research project will enable us to identify where packaging waste is coming from and establish much more detail on the types of packaging waste ultimately being generated. We will use this knowledge to work with our School Partners and their supply chains to find a better way forward.”


Useful links:

  • According to the WRAP Plastics Market Situation Report for 2016, the UK construction and demolition sector was responsible for around 50,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste – below the 1.53 million tonnes produced by the retail sector, but still significant.
  • 45% is the current UK recycling rate for plastics packaging, including construction.
  • The new Plastic Packaging Tax will come into effect from April 2022, costing £200 per tonne and applies to plastic packaging produced in, or imported into, the UK that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. Read more on the tax on the HM Government website.
  • You can access the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s free resources on Plastics and Packaging. It is free to register and learn.

Supply Chain Sustainability School to launch Offsite for Everyone

Comprehensive suite of learning materials created to drive future understanding and uptake of offsite construction

At a major virtual event on 20th October, the Supply Chain Sustainability School will officially launch Offsite for Everyone, a comprehensive new suite of learning materials to guide the construction industry in its adoption of offsite construction and further the use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

The launch day will feature a six-pack of taster workshops, as well as a ‘fishbowl’ debate with industry experts. Keynote speaker on the day is Mark FarmerFounding Director and CEO of Cast, author of the influential Farmer Review 2016: Modernise or Die, which challenged the construction industry to prepare and transform itself to seize future opportunities and mitigate risks, embracing offsite technologies and methods.

Speakers will include:

  • Emily King, Client Solutions Director, Mid Group
  • Alex Gosney, Head of Procurement-Infrastructure, Laing O’Rourke
  • Joe Dyde, Business Manager, Buildoffsite
  • Dominic Coyne, Director, Build Space
  • John Handscomb, Partner, Akerlof
  • Oliver Novakovic, Technical and Innovation Director, Barratt Developments

The need for change in construction

Meeting the targets set in the Government’s Construction 2025: Strategy will require a shift both in behaviour and towards offsite methods of construction. To make that happen, it will be essential all parties working in the built environment have a robust understanding of the fundamentals and benefits of offsite construction.

The changes will affect not just business models, but job roles too, which is why Offsite for Everyone is targeted at both organisations and individuals, explains Ian Heptonstall, Director of the Supply Chain Sustainability School:

“We hear so much about the need to change the way we build, but very little about what have to do differently in our day-to-day jobs. Our new free to access, CPD-accredited, learning materials take six key job functions; design, project management, procurement, logistics, quantity surveying and site management, and for the first time outline what we must do differently if we are to reap the many benefits of offsite.”

The suite of learning materials

With 105 Partners and over 14,000 member companies, the School is in a unique position to help organisations of whatever size improve their offsite construction maturity, whether new to the sector, or already active in the market.

The learning materials in Offsite for Everyone range from full-day courses, virtual courses and e-learning modules, to videos – all of which are free for anyone to use. With funding from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the materials have been developed by the School in partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and National Open Colleges Network (NOCN).

For architects and designers

For architects and designers, it is critical to the successful implementation of offsite that they follow a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) process and consider offsite at an early stage – so, embedding knowledge of MMC within design professions is essential to increasing pre-manufactured value in the UK construction industry, says Nigel Ostime, Project Delivery Director at Hawkins\Brown:

“Implementing offsite requires a different mindset, which, once adopted, brings additional benefits, such as better collaboration (and therefore fewer disputes) and a better understanding of the construction and manufacturing supply chain, leading to reduced risk from building defects.

“However, each sector has its own specific requirements, so it is important to understand which MMC categories are best suited to each building type. The free-to-use School learning resources provide clear advice on this and have proved an invaluable resource for our designers, as well as forming networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities with likeminded professionals, constructors and manufacturers.”

For construction

Construction recruitment business buildspace supported the School to develop the training modules,  introducing key contacts to the course development team to bring relevant case studies and expert insight. The firm now requires that all candidates placed into offsite construction complete the relevant Offsite for Everyone training modules. Dominic Coyne, Director at buildspace explains:

“We have been helping offsite construction contractors build their teams for over 10 years and during this time we have seen some massive advances in the market. Quality, sustainability, design and cost have all improved immeasurably and constant advances being made need strong training to support them.

“The School training is a gamechanger, in a market with a major skills shortage, it is a great way of bridging the knowledge gap.”

For procurement

Procurement will have a key role to play in the future of offsite, says John Skivington, Group Director at LHC, which specialises in public sector frameworks and is working with social landlords on around 4,000 homes, promoting offsite manufacturing as a means of achieving better value on housing and construction projects:

“Through intelligent procurement, offsite can enable safer, greener buildings to be built more productively and for a lower lifetime cost. The range of offsite methodologies (in the MMC Definitions Framework) allows clients and designers a wide spectrum of choice for application of offsite, from low to high levels of pre-manufacture.”

Ultimately, construction is changing and offsite is core to achieving a safe and successful transition towards more sustainable ways of working, says specialist in site and project management, Ken Farnon, Director at Cooley Construction Services, which places offsite at the heart of its construction and procurement strategies:

“The modern approach to construction is evolving and offsite solutions play a pivotal role in ensuring that the industry meets its goals of quality, efficiency and safety.”


Further information

The case studies

Case study #1:

Cooley Construction Services developed an Offsite Strategy for their current project at 18 Blackfriars Road. The strategy commenced at RIBA Stage 2 which ensured early engagement with the supply chain and manufacturers of offsite components. It began with the structural components and ran through offsite unitised cladding to standardisation of construction details to enable over 60 per cent of components to be developed offsite. As a result, the Cooley strategy generated a cost and time saving of 8% over traditional methods of construction. Coupled with a revised construction management procurement strategy, this meant the overall saving was in excess of 12%, which equated to £42M in development construction costs.

Case study #2:

The work of Hawkins\Brown architectural practice on the Elizabeth Line for Crossrail, across three of the Central London stations at Bond Street, Liverpool Street and Tottenham Court Road, has allowed direct comparison of offsite against traditional forms of construction (used on other parts of the project) in terms of productivity and safety. The practice’s 520-unit build to rent development at East Village, Stratford, East London for Qatari Diar/Delancey and MACE has also demonstrated significant programme savings using innovative technologies such as the HRS system, which together have carved months off the programme, providing quicker completion and an earlier income stream for the client.


Useful links:

New Fairness, Inclusion & Respect resources will benefit everyone in UK built environment

A suite of new learning materials launched today and made freely available to all those working in UK built environment will drive positive change in the sector, industry leaders have said.

The new resources, part-funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), have been developed by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) and the Supply Chain Sustainability School, with a steering group of leading industry stakeholders. The resources have been rolled out to mark the beginning of National Inclusion Week (28 September-4 October 2020).

The resources include three new workshops:

These workshops are accompanied by newly developed e-learning modules:

Sarah Beale, CITB Chief Executive, said:

“Even before the pandemic, construction recruitment faced the challenges of an ageing workforce with a real lack of diversity and the pending implications of Brexit, so it is more important than ever to build inclusive cultures across all parts of our industry.

“These resources will help drive the positive change we need to attract new entrants from a wide range of backgrounds to our sector, and ensure construction is the rewarding career we know it to be for everyone.”

Andy Mitchell CBE, co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council, said:

“National Inclusion Week is an opportune moment to remind everyone that not only is there a moral case for driving inclusive cultures in the construction industry, but that there is a business case for it as well.

“Inclusive workplace cultures are more productive, innovative, and profitable. Promoting a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect can bring benefits to businesses of all sizes and helps attract and retain people from the full pool of talent in the UK workforce.

“There has been positive cultural change across our sector in recent years, but it is beholden to us all to remember that we always have more to learn and things we can improve. These new resources are a welcome addition to the already extensive range of FIR materials that are available, and we hope their uptake will be as wide as possible by businesses at all levels of the UK supply chain.”

Stephen Cole, CITB Head of Careers Strategy, said:

“These resources will benefit UK construction and demonstrate why CITB has been proud to fund the Fairness, Inclusion & Respect programme since 2015.

“Cultural change also aids both in the attraction of new skills and retention of existing ones, which is of particular importance at this time.”


Related links:

All upcoming Fairness, Inclusion and Respect training

About the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Programme

All FIR e-learning

FIR Toolkit

– Contact [email protected] for more information on the FIR Programme

Press release PDF

Supply Chain Sustainability School launches MEP mapping tool to help reduce the volume of waste entering landfill

The School has launched its free Materials Exchange Platform Map (MEP Map), today, the 22 September. The mapping tool provides construction contractors and their suppliers with a central database of local MEP projects aiming to find a home for unused construction materials.

The MEP Map was developed through a collaboration of the School’s industry Partners and is a simple yet effective way of finding a home for unused materials. Partners involved in the development include BAM, Berkeley Group, Canary Wharf Contractors, Kier, John Sisk & Co, National Grid, Reconomy and Skanska.

The MEP mapping tool gives access to a network of Materials Exchange Platforms nationally, allowing the user to compare those in their local or regional areas.

As well as saving disposal costs, and potentially generating income, the tool aids local businesses and smaller contractors, by offering them access to quality materials at a lower cost, or even free.

Matt Nichols, of Reconomy, and Chair of the School’s Waste and Resource Efficiency group said,

“Awareness of the importance of a circular economy – based on the principles of designing out waste and ensuring that we efficiently use all the products and materials that we buy – is definitely gathering pace.

The MEP Map performs the crucial task of connecting those with excess materials and products to those who can make good use of them, therefore reducing the volume of waste we send to landfill.”

The MEP mapping tool filters based on location, MEP type and material information, and shows local platforms within 30km of a specified county.

Mark Turner, of the Supply Chain Sustainability School commented,

“Whilst Materials Exchange Platforms are not new, they are sadly very much underused. We hope that by providing this interactive map to our 37,000 online members, and indeed the whole industry, we can more easily access the platforms that exist across the UK, to ensure less unused or over-ordered materials end up in landfill.”

In its latest published statistics on waste, DEFRA reported that the UK generated 66.2 million tonnes of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste[1]. It is also estimated by Zero Waste Scotland that 13% of raw materials are discarded unused. And with many main contractors struggling to make 2% profit margins, the mapping tool’s ability to reduce waste will ultimately increase efficiency and profitability.

Most waste is produced onsite through; over-ordering, ordering the wrong thing, mishandling materials, offcuts, and unnecessary packaging of materials.

Access to the MEP Map is free, through a free membership of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, which anyone can join: https://learn.supplychainschool.co.uk/local/tlactionplans/resource_intro.php?id=4291&modtype=url


[1] 2016 is the latest year for which figures are published by DEFRA -19 March 2020 update: UK Statistics on Waste.

Related links:

Materials Exchange Platform Map, free to access

– Register for free membership to the Supply Chain Sustainability School

– About  Waste and resource efficiency

– About the Waste and Resource Efficiency Group

For further information on the MEP Mapping Tool, contact:

Mark Turner: [email protected], Ph: 07972 398256

Imogen Player: [email protected], Ph: 07884 666778

Having been a member of the School since 2017, M O’Brien Group has become the latest Partner to the School.


After using the School’s vast library of resources for the past few years to improve their business in terms of sustainability and stay at the forefront of the fast developing industry, M O’Brien has chosen to become a Partner and begin to contribute back to the School and provide input and resources to benefit the School’s members.

Being a company that operates with such a large fleet of plant and haulage vehicles, it is vital that we play our part for a sustainable and more environmentally friendly built environment. It is great that SCSS provides a platform that we can share some of our best practice with members and vice versa so that we can all continue to drive forward and have a positive impact on the areas we work in. We strive to be the best we can in terms of quality, service and safety, the field of sustainability is no different, and becoming a partner of Supply chain sustainability school offers the best learning and sharing platform for this.” – James O’Donnell, Director

Why become a Partner?

M O’Brien strive to be the best they can in terms of quality, service and safety, and the field of sustainability is no different and M O’Brien believe that becoming a Partner to the School offers the best learning and sharing platform for this. Having been a member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School for the past two years and using a lot of useful resources within the school, the group have expanded the company’s knowledge in sustainability. Becoming a Partner feels like the next logical step to continue to grow as a sustainable business and contribute M O’Brien resources and experiences to the School’s members in a collaborative approach to improvement.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School launches its industry Plant Charter, committing to emissions reductions.

The School has launched its Plant Charter, a commitment by organisations designed to reduce their air quality emissions, and School Partner Flannery Plant Hire, has committed to be its first signatory.

The Plant Group has been working on how the sector can collaborate to reduce both air quality emissions that lead to local health impacts and the global effects of carbon emissions from the plant and equipment we all use.  As a result, the group developed the Charter to encapsulate and communicate their approach to this.

James Cadman, School Plant Group lead & Lead Consultant at Action Sustainability explains:

“Our aim is that the Supply Chain Sustainability School will lead the way for the UK’s built environment to drastically reduce onsite emissions to air that are harmful to human health and the planet, such that they will reach net zero by 2040 and contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 11 and 13. We would like organisations up and down the value chain to collaborate with us in coordinating our efforts to reduce these emissions for everyone’s benefit.”

Flannery have been a proactive member of the School’s Plant Category Group and support the collaborative approach across the industry to achieve these goals.

Managing Director Patrick Flannery commented:

“As a business, understanding our environmental impacts and managing these is really important. Sustainability and innovation are two of our key value drivers and underpin the decisions we make and ensure we can support clients in the delivery of the cleanest, and most efficient hire solutions for their construction projects.

It is, however, really important that there is a consistent approach throughout the supply chain and the Supply Chain Sustainability School are best placed to facilitate this. I am sure that this Charter will have a great impact and as a business, we wanted to confirm our commitment and support by being the first signatory.”

The industry has been under increased scrutiny from clients and the government on the negative effect engines have on the air quality of our towns and cities. Coupled with policy and penalties pushing organisations to address these issues via a fleet and plant strategy, the construction industry has been looking closely at how it operates plant, what it invests in, and how plant is disposed.

The Plant Group was established by School Partners and other key industry stakeholders to develop and facilitate the implementation of the School’s position on best practice sustainable procurement within the category. This Partner collaboration, including Flannery (Partners since 2012), is helping to identify and provide the supply chain with information and guidance on plant standards and management.

Flannery’s Strategic Manager Chris Matthew, who sits on the Group’s team, said:

“Being part of the working group that has developed this Charter has proved hugely beneficial for our business. Sharing best practice and ideas can only help to drive the behavioural change our industry needs to meet commitments to papers like this, but also broader papers like Construction 2025.

It has identified, for us, key areas that we know we understand and can now help our supply chain partners develop and adopt, through examples like our ECO-Operator program and our developing data offering for clients (the effective use of telematics to optimise hire fleet).

It has also supported the business as we forward plan, talking to manufacturers about investment and renewal of our fleet and the types of innovation we would like to continue seek out and bring to market.”

More information:

Visit our dedicated page on the Charter and see all the latest signatories here.

To read the Charter, please click here.

If you are interested in becoming a signatory to the Plant Charter, please get in touch with [email protected].

You can also have a look at the Plant Group’s Minimum Standards Guide.

McCann Group’s Cycle to Spain Challenge for the NHS


McCann Group is a family-owned organisation, consisting of McCann Ltd a civil and electrical engineering company working across the UK on major infrastructure projects and Peter James Homes a property developer of unique high-quality designer homes across the East Midlands.

As a team, they wanted to accomplish something worthwhile together during the current Coronavirus outbreak that helped keep them unified and active, encouraged the communities they operate in to maintain positive fitness practices under potentially sedentary circumstances and to support our NHS Staff, Volunteers and patients impacted by Covid-19 across the country.

They have set themselves the challenge of ‘virtually’ covering the distance from the Head Office in Nottingham to Madrid, Spain and back home again. The distance is 2,324 miles and they will record individual activities such as running, walking, rowing and cycling within their daily exercise allowance (and within lockdown and social distancing guidelines), in order to take them to that magic number as a company.

All funds will be donated directly to NHS Charities Together in order to support the NHS above and beyond normal NHS funding. This additional financial support goes towards equipment, support mental health recovery, provide tablets for isolated patients to enable communication with loved ones and much more.

Find out more about their challenge and support their efforts here!

An update from the School in regards to CITB Funding


The Covid 19 crisis is having a profound impact on economies around the world and the School is not immune from this. Some of our partners are facing hard times and on 13th May 2020 we were advised that all our CITB funded projects are to be suspended for an indefinite period. This combination of events has resulted in a 37% reduction in our revenue for 2020/21.

On 14th May 2020 the School Board has approved a plan to deal with this in a way that delivers all the School’s core services virtually and puts a hold on some of our projects until we can find alternative sources of funding or until the CITB funding returns.

We remain 100% committed to delivering our vision to be “the world class collaboration to enable a sustainable built environment”.

Please click here to see our formal update for our members.

New Board Appointments


Following a rigorous application, interview and election process, the School is pleased to welcome two new members to our Board.

  • Dan Evans, Chief Operations Officer – Speedy Services
  • Aaron Reid, Head of Sustainable Procurement – Balfour Beatty Plc

The School Board provides 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.

Dan and Aaron will attend their first Board Meeting in May 2020 and we look forward to working with them.

To learn more about the School Board, and its other elected members from across the industry; click here.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School will launch the People Matter Charter, evidencing global responsibilities.

Organisations across the construction industry are increasingly facing more people challenges, relating to both their own workforce and their supply chain. Whether this means tackling poor diversity practices and skills shortages, or combatting exploitation and modern slavery, the reality is that all these issues are linked.

In response, the People Matter Charter has been created by the Supply Chain Sustainability School and its delivery partner Action Sustainability to help organisations up and down the supply chain bring these challenges together into one workforce strategy. The Charter has eight commitments that can apply to any organisation, of any size – and 24 have already signed up, ahead of the official launch on 21st January 2020.

The Charter launch is both vital and timely. In a sector that employs around 2.4 million people in the UK alone, plus seeks to recruit 157,000 new entrants by 2021, there is growing recognition that pressure is increasing on its most valuable resource, namely people, says Tony Hyland, Senior National Account Manager, DWP Caxton House:

“The Department of Work and Pensions fully supports the work of Action Sustainability and the aspirations of the People Matter Charter. Only by demonstrating the highest ethical standards of employment can we expect to recruit, train and retain the workforce the construction sector needs for the future.”

The Charter has been two years in the making. In 2018, the School brought Partners together to identify what an organisation should have in place to treat people responsibly. The result is the People Matter Charter: eight commitments that signatories and their supply chain should be able to evidence.

The aim of the Charter is to address people issues, regardless of where they exist globally. From infrastructure and buildings, to homes and facilities management, these commitments apply equally to clients, principal contractors, labour agencies, subcontractors and suppliers – in effect, anywhere people are employed and managed.

For Neil Mant, Supply Chain and Procurement Director, VINCI Construction, the Charter not only provides a strategic focus at company level, but also signals a sector-wide shift that is urgently needed across construction:

The People Matter Charter is an excellent way to formalise our commitment to how we engage with people at all levels. It gives us a framework that we can adopt and filter through our supply chain, demonstrating our intent as well as setting out some formal requirements. This is a movement that will commit businesses to behave responsibly and value all people that work in our industry.”

The Charter is divided into Requirements and Intents. Requirements are applicable to all and should be able to be demonstrated from day one upon signing the Charter. Intents apply throughout the supply chain to varying degrees and should show continuous improvement with a view towards best practice.

Together the eight commitments cover the following areas: Equality, diversity and inclusion, Skills and training; Workforce culture; Living Wage; Due diligence; Labour legal requirements; Labour exploitation; and Payments.

Collaboration is vital in helping protect workers’ rights, says GLAA Head of Business Change Samantha Ireland:

“The People Matter Charter is an excellent way of highlighting some of the most common issues in preventing forced or compulsory labour. Helping businesses understand how to identify labour exploitation within their supply chains and comply with legislation around the National Minimum Wage and holiday pay is crucial in ensuring exploitative practices are not repeated across the industry. The Charter will raise standards and formalise much of the good work that exists within construction. We are supportive of collaborative approaches such as this which protect workers.”

Workplace experts Acas also contributed to development of the Charter, which delivers important potential benefits for employers, as well as employees, as Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews explains:

“Effective people management is the key to strong productive workplaces. The new People Matter Charter will give employers confidence, skills, and the reputation to attract and keep the best talent in British construction. The Charter will help organisations in construction to continue to grow and meet ambitions on the world stage.”

The Charter offers the opportunity to enhance businesses, strengthen relationships and benefit the industry as a whole, adds Eibhlin Flynn, Head of Client Relations & Business Development, Danny Sullivan Group Ltd:

“Attracting and retaining the most capable people is a key area of focus for us. Creating a diverse and welcoming workplace, with a supportive and fair culture will help encourage innovative and fresh ways of thinking. Achieving this vision will require partnerships and action across the entire sector. The People Matter Charter can help our industry deliver a real-step change and embed better people practices across our organisations.”

To support organisations in implementing the Charter, the School offers a Roadmap, plus a range of dedicated learning resources, all free. Ultimately, people are what matter for the future of the industry, concludes Helen Carter, Lead Consultant at Action Sustainability and Supply Chain Sustainability School Labour Group Lead:

“Attracting talent, combatting exploitation, increasing diversity and improving skills are essential for the sustainability of our industry. They are also key building blocks for any business looking to grow and thrive. The People Matter Charter has been brought together by industry partners within the Supply Chain Sustainability School to provide businesses up and down the supply chain with a framework and workforce strategy they can implement regardless of size. People are the industry’s greatest asset and the Charter has been written with them in mind.”

On the 21st January, 2020, the School will publicly launch the People Matter Charter at the Crowne Plaza, in Birmingham, with speakers drawn not only from a range of clients, contractors and suppliers, but also influential organisations such as the Living Wage Foundation, Acas and Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

To register for this launch, simply register through the School here.

London Build 2019

Hear us speak & see us at stand L22

27th-28th Nov | London Olympia

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Action Sustainability and the Supply Chain Sustainability School will once again be supporting and sponsoring the Sustainability Summit at London Build 2019 next week (27-28 November, London Olympia). Come visit us at stand L22.

London Build is the leading construction and design show for London. Learn from London’s leading architects, developers, contractors, engineers, suppliers and industry bodies, who are leading the way to a sustainable future for London’s construction industry.

Please come and hear our speakers:

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Graham Edgell, Director of Sustainability and Procurement, Morgan Sindall Group and School Board member will be chairing day 1 of the Sustainability Summit.

Thursday 28th November 2019

Martin Gettings, Head of Sustainability, Canary Wharf Group and School Board member will be chairing day 2 of the Sustainability Summit.

2:40pm: Helen Carter, Lead Consultant, Action Sustainability will be speaking on a panel about modern slavery.

3.10pm: Liz Holford, Lead Consultant, Action Sustainability will be presenting on Fairness, Inclusion and Respect and how it works across the construction industry, how any company can meet its duties under the Equality Act 2010, then go beyond legal compliance to create an inclusive workplace culture, and capture the business benefits that brings.

3.30pm: Martin Gettings will also be doing a double act presentation with James Cadman, Head Consultant at Action Sustainability on climate change, and sharing examples from the industry.

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London Build 2019 Stand L22

Download the show preview guide.


If you have any further questions or need any more info, get in touch with the organisers at [email protected].

UK Construction Week 2019

8th-10th October 2019 | NEC Birmingham

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UK Construction Week 2019 will set it’s sights on driving innovation. This year’s event is supported by the Construction Innovation Hub, which is part of the Government’s industrial strategy to transform construction over the next 3 years.

This year there is a strong lineup of keynote talks and debates, a host of leading experts on the industry’s hottest topics and sector trends and digital and future innovation and offsite technique focused seminars.

Consultants from our delivery Partner, Action Sustainability, will be presenting on useful topics to improve your business.

Wellbeing and the built environment: experiences and best practice

Claire Bradbury, Consultant
Wednesday 9th October, 14:00-15:00
CPD Hub 2, Hall 11

Where’s the carbon in your supply chain?

Dr James Cadman, Lead Consultant
Thursday 10th October, 10:15-11:15
CPD Hub 2, Hall 11

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Slavery, Inclusion and Community Are Top 3 Supply Chain Issues 2019

Supply Chain Sustainability School Survey Shows Areas of Improvement for Built Environment


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Modern Slavery, as well as Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR), plus Community Engagement have emerged as standout areas of achievement and improvement for construction and infrastructure over the last year — according to the annual industry-wide survey of built-environment contracting organisations and supply-chain companies, undertaken by the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

The findings of the second Impact Survey reveal that the leadership, learning and support provided by the School is clearly and consistently credited with having a significant positive influence.

In the survey, nearly 9 out of every 10 companies achieving improved understanding of both Modern Slavery (86%) and Fairness, Inclusion & Respect (FIR) (87%) state that the School has helped them achieve these results. In addition, the proportion that attributed their increased levels of Community Engagement to assistance received from the School also rose year-on-year some 15% to 72%, in total.

Impact Survey 2019 Full Report

SCSS – Impact Survey Press Release 2019

Defra want to know what you think about their proposals to make biodiversity net gain necessary for developments when granting planning permission. Biodiversity net gain is an approach which aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than beforehand. In particular, they are interested in hearing views on:

  • Standardising the approach so that it’s simpler and clearer for developers
  • Whether they should add this requirement
  • How they could implement the net gain approach
  • How to measure and monitor the net gain approach

They are also seeking evidence on how we could also include other environmental improvements.

Click here to participate in the consultation!

Supply Chain Sustainability School elects three new members to the Board for 2018

Appointments to any Board tasked with leading an industry-wide organisation are important, but when the successful candidates are answerable to literally tens of thousands of companies and individuals from across the built environment, the election is of national, market significance.

With almost 3,000 Member Companies, 5,000 Individual Members and over 30,000 Registered Users, the Supply Chain Sustainability School continues to grow and develop at speed and scale. Leadership is provided by a School Board comprising nine elected representatives of the Partners. The announcement of new Board Members therefore marks the conclusion of the key vote for 2018.

To read the full Press Release and to find out who the three new Members of the board are, please click here.