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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

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[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.

**Use our unique link to get your free ticket now.**

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.