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Wales Group

Collaborating to help the Welsh built environment achieve greater sustainability.

Working to build a sustainable Wales

In many ways, Wales can be seen as leading the charge towards a more sustainable future within the built environment. The Supply Chain Sustainability School hopes to help maintain this momentum by providing free training resources to help those in the sector build your skills and knowledge in the area of sustainability.

The Welsh construction sector has significant legislation and policy drivers that shape our sustainability priorities in the buildings and infrastructure that we build and maintain. 

A key driver in Wales is to ensure that projects are delivered in a way that enhances the environment, creates new jobs and apprenticeships, and benefits local communities through new investment. 

2023 Wales Group Update

To learn more about the group’s targets and objectives for 2023, download the Business Plan below.

Download the plan

2023/2024 Wales Group Update

Group Activities:

The School is in the process of developing new, up-to-date content for the Wales group but there is a lot going on behind the scenes. 

The Group has been building a library of resources, developing learning and developing a knowledge assessment. We have organised events and showcases of work within Wales and will continue to do so. 

Group Outputs:

The Group have to date published a number of case studies that were drawn from the Partners and supply chains of the Group. Explore the videos below focusing on the supply chain in Wales and the importance for organisations in implementing the Well-being of Future Generations Act.


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What is different about sustainability in Wales?

The School has developed specific resources to help understand and address the sustainability priorities of the built environment in Wales. There are some major differences in policy and legislation. Please click on the questions below to find out more. 

The Act requires public bodies in Wales to think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as
poverty, health inequalities and climate change. The Act is unique to Wales attracting interest from
countries across the world as it offers a huge opportunity to make a long-lasting, positive change to
current and future generations.

The Welsh Community Benefits Measurement Tool is used to report and monetise the Social Value generated by certain projects in Wales. If you are bidding for work in Wales you will need to consider how you can help generate and measure wider benefits for the community as a result of the work you are undertaking.

The Welsh Assembly is committed to ensuring workers are treated fairly and with respect and to making Wales hostile to slavery.  Welsh Government figures show 193 potential victims of slavery were flagged last year.  The Welsh Assembly have produced The Code of Practice – Ethical Employment in Supply Chains which is designed to help ensure workers in public sector supply chains in Wales are employed in a fair and ethical way.

The Welsh Government recently launched the ‘Code of Practice: Ethical Employment in Supply Chains’ to help ensure ethical and lawful employment for workers in public sectors in supply chains. Watch our video to find out more

The Environment (Wales) Act 2016 puts in place the legislation needed to plan and manage Wales’ natural resources in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way. This positions Wales as a low carbon, green economy, ready to adapt to the impacts of climate change. It has been carefully designed to help secure Wales’ long-term well-being, so that current and future generations benefit from a prosperous economy, a healthy and resilient environment and vibrant, cohesive communities.

The Welsh Government has published a guide to implementing the Living Wage across Wales and how this can be driven through procurement. Whilst public sector organisations cannot make
payment of the Living Wage a mandatory requirement the Welsh Assembly is committed to promoting the benefits of being a Living Wage Employer.

Since 31 December 2011, the Welsh Assembly has had responsibility for setting Building Regulations in Wales. At the moment, many of the same Building Regulations that apply in England also apply in Wales. However, there are also some important differences.  The links in our resource library will guide you to the key documents that explain the key differences that you as a supplier are responsible for meeting.

Meet the Team:

Dave and Alfie are here to help get Partners involved with the Wales Group.

David Emery
Group Manager
Contact Dave
Alfie Austyn
Group Support
Contact Alfie

Meeting Dates:

The dates for Wales Group meetings have now been set for 2024. Please see below for further details and the notes from previous meetings.

 Date/ TimeLocation
28th May 2024, 10:00am – 12:00pmMicrosoft Teams
28th August 2024, 10:00am – 12:00pmMicrosoft Teams

Meeting Notes:

Download notes from any of the previous Wales Group meetings below.


Our Partners

The Wales leadership group is a collaboration between clients, contractors and suppliers who have a mutual interest in helping the Welsh built environment achieve greater sustainability.