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Finishes & Interiors Group

The finishes and interiors sector covers the interior fit-out and finishing elements of the build process (walls, fixtures, ceilings, floors, plastering and rendering).

Finishes and Interiors sector, fit-out and finishing of buildings.

The finishes and interiors sector covers the interior fit-out and finishing elements of the build process including the construction of walls, fixtures, ceilings and flooring and finishing operations such as plastering and rendering.

The £10 billion Finishes and Interiors sector is a pivotal part of construction, turning structures into homes, educational facilities, hospitals, care-homes, workplaces, hotels, leisure facilities, retail outlets and functional spaces.

The sector is unique in construction in so far as buildings will typically have over 30 fit-outs in their lifetime. Each re-fit fundamentally impacts, not just the way a building looks, but how it performs in terms of fire, acoustic and thermal integrity and has a critical impact on sustainability, whether that relates to the embodied carbon of the building itself or to the operational performance of that building.

The sector employs around 250,000 people with the key trades employed being interior systems installers (i.e. ceiling fixers, demountable and relocatable partition installers, drylining installers), plasterers, shop fitters, steel frame system (SFS) installers and carpenters and joiners.

High priority sustainability challenges for the finishes and interiors sector include:

  • Sustainability Strategy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
  • Materials
  • Environmental Management
  • Modern slavery
  • Business Ethics
  • Wellbeing
  • Fairness Inclusion and Respect

It can be difficult to understand all these issues, and knowing where to focus efforts can be challenging. Find out more about each topic below, and the role of the supply chain in helping the finishes and interiors sector address these challenges.

New FIS Sustainability Awareness: Doing Business Better Learning Pathway

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is pleased to announce the launch of a new learning pathway in collaboration with the FIS Sustainability Leadership Group. The ‘FIS Sustainability Awareness: Doing Business Better’ learning pathway is for all those who are curious about sustainability or looking to improve their knowledge of the subject. The aim of this pathway is to demystify sustainability by clarifying some of the language associated with the topic, such as sustainability strategy, waste management, net zero, circular economy, wellbeing, modern slavery, fairness, inclusion and respect and social value. Enrol now!

Key Finishes and Interiors topics

The following topics can have a serious impact on the Finishes & Interiors market and its supply chain.

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Business Ethics

The identification, management and mitigation of risk of bribery, corruption…

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Energy and Carbon

Climate change is the biggest issue of our time and…

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Environmental Management

How we deal with the potential positive and negative impacts…

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Fairness, Inclusion & Respect

Making our workplaces even better for everyone.

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Materials

The built environment industry can reduce the negative impacts of…

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Slavery
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Modern Slavery

With an estimated 49.6 million victims worldwide, modern slavery is…

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social value
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Social Value

Social Value is more important than ever and has a…

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Sustainability Strategy

Sustainable development requires a holistic consideration of environmental, social and…

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Water

Monitoring and addressing water consumption and use helps to reduce…

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Waste and Resource Efficiency

Changing the mindset from 'waste' to 'resources' and improving efficiency…

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Wellbeing

Addressing wellbeing and welfare improvement across the whole value chain…

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Science Based Targets - Sustainability Short

An increasing number of businesses are setting science-based targets to reduce their carbon emissions. This animation looks at what SBTs are, why they’re relevant to you, and how you can participate.

Science Based Targets – Sustainability Short

You can't manage what you don't measure

Zero carbon resources for Finishes and Interiors

Free-to-access training materials, videos, webinars and resources.

Energy and Carbon
Energy and Carbon
Energy and Carbon
Energy and Carbon

Social Value resources for Finishes and Interiors

Free-to-access training materials, videos, webinars and resources.

Community
Community
Community

Fairness, Inclusion and Respect: Induction

This talk outlines how Fairness, Inclusion and Respect can be an integral part of how an organisation operates.

Fairness, Inclusion and Respect: Induction

“We have to start thinking differently, rather than thinking of buildings or interiors as the end product, we have to think about every building as a kind of DIY store for the next project and the next project and the next project. We are keen to work with members of the FIS through this database and wider initiatives to help realise our values and support transformation of the supply chain as a whole. ”
Adam Strudwick Principal, Corporate Interiors, Perkins & Will

In 2019 Perkins & Will pledged to offer a net zero operational design strategy to all architectural clients up to RIBA Stage 2, at no cost to the client.  The next stage is to offer net-zero embodied carbon for interiors projects this manifesto sets out how they intend to achieve and report on this.

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This page is run in partnership with FIS (Finishes and Interiors Sector) the Trade Body for the £10 Billion finishes and interiors sector www.thefis.org.