A number of key construction industry players recently founded a virtual learning environment that aims to help construction suppliers and sub-contractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence. The Supply Chain Sustainability School was developed by Skanska with support from Kier, Lend Lease, Morgan Sindall, Sir Robert McAlpine, Willmott Dixon and Aggregate Industries and represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within supply chains. Kieran Brocklebank, Head of Strategy and Performace at United Utilities had the following to say about the progressive new initiative:
“As a client who invests hundreds of millions of pounds in capital improvements each year, we care about sustainability when selecting and working with our supply chain. Too often, we see that construction contractors struggle to understand what is relevant for their industry, how they can demonstrate their performance and their plans to continually improve.
This is why I am so excited about the Supply Chain School - a free service that allows contractors to self assess against the most relevant aspects of sustainability in the construction sector. The results are confidential; so from there, they can access a wealth of high quality training material, develop improvement plans and tap into more support if they need it.
The school was started by a number of key BITC members and is delivered by Action Sustainability – a social enterprise with a strong track record of sustainable supply chain improvements across many companies and industries.
Encouragingly, more and more contractors are signing up, self-assessing and starting the journey to improve their performance - a great sign for the sector and a potential role model for how to support a supply chain on sustainability."
More information is available at http://www.supplychainschool.co.uk
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