Supply Chain School

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Resources


Below are the resources currently available for this area, these are categorised into the following knowledge levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert

Beginner


  • E-learning Module Introduction to Materials

    1 hour online module providing an overview of material sourcing benefits and principles

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  • Web link Life Cycle Assessment

    Detailed article, with links and references, to Life Cycle Assessments.

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  • Web link BRE Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products

    Introduction to responsible sourcing and the BES 6001 framework standard

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  • Video Benefits of Responsible Sourcing: A Manufacturer's Perspective

    Andrew Swain, Senior Manager of Sustainability at Lafarge Tarmac, discusses the importance of BES 6001 and responsible sourcing of materials as a manufacturer in the construction...

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  • Video Sustainable Timber and Chain of Custody: A contractor's perspective

    Amie Shuttleworth of Sir Robert McAlpine gives the contractor's perspective on specifying sustainable timber with full chain of custody.

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  • Video Sustainable Timber and Chain of Custody: A supplier's perspective

    Paul Philbin of B&K Structures gives the supplier's perspective on supplying sustainable timber with a full chain of custody.

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  • Video Materials: The Contractors' View

    Several of our partners talk about the importance of why we need to focus on where our building materials come from.

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  • Web link British Woodworking Federation

    Detailed overview of Chain of Custody as applied to timber and wood products (with linked slide presentation).

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  • Video Life Cycle Analysis: A contractor's perspective

    Jesse Putzel of BAM Construct UK gives the contractor's perspective on LCAs and EPDs, and how they can help construction projects procure sustainably.

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  • Web link Introduction to Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)

    Introduces EPD and provides links to a number of case studies (both construction and non-construction related).

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  • Video Life Cycle Assessments: An introduction

    James Upstill-Goddard of Responsible Solutions provides an overview of life cycle assessments and environmental product declarations, and how they can be applied to the construction...

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  • Web link Greenspec: Reclaimed Materials

    Overview of using reclaimed material, why materials should be reclaimed where possible and general guidance notes on the use of reclaimed material

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  • Web link NIBusinessinfo - Use of recycled material in construction

    Overview of incorporating recycled materials into construction products including the benefits of doing so and the types of materials that could be incorporated.

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  • Web link What are Conflict Minerals?

    Brief introduction to conflict minerals; Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten and Gold.

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  • Web link Conflict minerals - an overview

    An overview of conflict minerals, current policy including the Dodd-Frank Act and solutions.

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  • Web link The National Community Wood Recycling Project

    On this website you will find information on how to set up your own community wood recycling enterprise, recycle all of your waste wood and locate where you can buy recycled timber...

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  • Web link Healthier, More Sustainable Catering

    Introduction to government buying standards for food and catering services.

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  • Web link SEDEX

    Website of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX), a not for profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices...

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  • Web link WRAP: Food waste reduction

    WRAP guidance on food waste reduction

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Intermediate


  • E-learning Module Life Cycle Analysis

    E learning module containing an introduction to the principles of lifecycle analysis

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  • E-learning Module Sustainable Timber and Chain of Custody

    E learning module containing an introduction to the principles of sustainable timber and chain of custody

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  • Document / Presentation ICC guide on responsible sourcing

    Guidance document introducing the concept of responsible sourcing and outlining a strategy to embed responsible sourcing throughout the supply chain.

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  • Web link GreenBookLive - BES 6001: Responsible Sourcing

    Link to the Green Book Live outlining BES 6001 for Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products and providing links to example products.

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  • Web link Greenspec: Product Category Rules

    Overview of the use of PCRs in building products

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  • Web link University of Bath

    Introduction to Life Cycle Analysis', produced for and released by the University of Bath as an Open Educational Resource.

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  • Document / Presentation WRAP - Delivering higher recycled content in construction projects

    Guide for clients, developers, designers, contractors and public bodies. Discusses the benefits of requiring projects to exceed a minimum level of recycled content.

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  • Document / Presentation WRAP - Designing Out Waste: Landscape opportunities

    This guide presents a range of opportunities for Designing out Waste in landscape projects.

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  • Web link Aggregates Levy Rate

    Overview of the aggregates tax which affects those that are extracting taxable aggregate

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  • Web link UK government guidance on conflict minerals

    Guidance covering the mining of conflict minerals, the supply chain, UK government action and how businesses can operate responsibly.

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  • Web link Disclosing the use of conflict minerals

    US Securities and Exchange Commission fact sheet on conflict minerals and the Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act

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  • Document / Presentation Estimates of Food and Packaging Waste in the UK Grocery, Retail and Hospitality Supply Chains

    Report on research carried out by WRAP on the major causes of packaging and food waste in these three sectors.

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  • Document / Presentation WRAP: Opportunities for resource savings in the FM sector

    Executive summary document of hotspot impacts within the FM sector.

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  • Tool BRE Environmental Profiles

    Explanation of the BRE Environmental Profiles Methodology and case studies

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Advanced


  • Web link UK Green Building Council - Resource Use

    Overview of the use of materials, including embodied impacts, LCA and use of recycled and secondary materials

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  • Web link Chain of Custody

    Chain of Custody information from PEFC and a link to the PEFC Chain of Custody standard.

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  • Tool SEDEX Supplier Workbook

    This workbook is a free, publicly available document offering practical guidance to help suppliers all around the world to understand what good practice looks like when working...

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  • Document / Presentation BRE Green Guide: Is it really green? (Materials brochure)

    Introductory material on the green guide to specification, environmental profiles, responsible sourcing, BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes.

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  • Video Declaring environmental impacts of products: From PCRs to EPD

    Webinar exploring the links between Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).

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  • Web link Greenspec: Environmental Product Declarations

    Overview of environmental product declarations and Type III labels to ISO 14025

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  • Tool WRAP - Designing out Waste: Video Tutorials

    The video tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the Designing out Waste Tool for Buildings and Civil Engineering.

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  • Tool WRAP - Calculating and declaring recycled content in construction products

    This guide will help manufacturers of products containing recycled content to accurately calculate and declare the amount of recycled content.

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  • Document / Presentation Securing the future: The role of resource efficiency

    This report quantifies how resource efficiency actions, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, can reduce abstracted water, ecological footprint and the use of specific...

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  • Document / Presentation WRAP: Procurement requirements for reducing waste and using resources efficiently

    This guidance will help you to reduce both the costs of waste and its environmental impacts by clearly defining your requirements and how you expect your supply chain to respond....

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  • Web link The Dodd-Frank Act

    The Dodd-Frank Act and section 1502 on the use of conflict minerals

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  • Web link Government Policy: Waste and Recycling (Appendix 7 - Packaging)

    Details on UK data for recovery of packaging and generation of packaging waste

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  • Document / Presentation Food Packaging and its Environmental Impact

    Summary article of food packaging and the impact this has on the environment, highlighting some important facts about various food packaging materials.

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  • Document / Presentation Opportunities for resource efficiency in the food and drink sector

    Studies have shown that there are significant waste arisings - and subsequent resource efficiency savings opportunities - within the UK food and drink manufacturing sector.

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Expert


  • Video Grown in Britain - an introductory video

    An introductory video to Grown in Britain

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  • Web link Chain of Custody Certification

    Introduction to the Chain of Custody concept for timber from FSC including downloadable factsheet

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  • Document / Presentation The difference between a Declaration of Performance and a Declaration of Conformity

    CPA comparison between a Declaration of Performance (required under the CPR) and a Declaration of Conformity under the CPD

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  • Web link The International EPD System - A Communications Tool for International Markets

    Information on EPDs, how to create an EPD, Product Category Rules (PCRs) and case studies

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  • Document / Presentation Guide on Organisational Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

    UNEP, SETAC and Life Cycle Initiative joint guidance document on conducting life cycle assessments within your organisation

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