APRES network launches white paper on responsible and ethical sourcing in construction

APRES – a network of industry and academic partners committed to embedding the responsible and ethical sourcing of materials, products and services into the construction industry has published a best practice white paper.

Aimed at construction clients, contractors, manufactures and professional bodies, the paper includes an Eight Pathways to Best Practice model which is designed to take an organisation through from baseline levels of performance on responsible and ethical sourcing, towards best in class.

It looks at the critical areas of operation in a business: from initial policy-making, via compliance, right through to PR.

‘The Apres Eight Pathways Model is about giving organisations the framework for turning good intentions into positive actions.’ says Shamir Ghumra, Director Sustainable Products at BRE. ‘Modern-day businesses operating in the construction sector are dealing with supply chains that are not only long and global, but also complex in nature. This can expose them to reputational risk and commercial threat. While progress has been made by the industry in tackling sourcing issues associated with the environment it is the ethical dimension – particularly modern slavery and enforced labour issues -which are presenting fresh challenges. APRES’s mission is to help the industry address this’

The APRES Eight Pathways to Best Practice white paper can be downloaded here.

Don’t miss these forthcoming events:
18.10.17 – Modern Slavery and Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium
22.11.17 – APRES Conference

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About APRES

APRES is a group of industry and academic partners committed to embedding the responsible and ethical sourcing of materials, products and services into the construction industry. Its activities include hosting a major annual conference and producing guidance on responsible sourcing for the construction industry. The membership is made up of clients, contractors, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and industry organisations. APRES is managed by BRE.www.apres.bre.co.uk/about-apres/