Working with suppliers

We want our relationships with suppliers to be long-term and mutually-beneficial. Strong relationships help us manage risk and become a leaner, more efficient business.

We look for suppliers with excellent Health and Safety, Quality, and Environmental credentials. Our expectation is also that they can demonstrate that their products have been responsibly sourced.

We set best-in-class standards for health, safety and working conditions wherever we work. We also set high standards of corporate governance, and our supplier partners are assessed against commercial, health and safety, quality and sustainability indicators.

MyRegister, our supplier accreditation system, captures information on capability from all our suppliers, assessing against health, safety, quality and sustainability indicators. Based on their responses to the My Register questions, suppliers are graded from A to D with A being the highest.

This assessment informs our purchasing decisions, ensuring that the most capable supplier is selected for a given project. We also use this information to actively engage with our supply chain, sharing knowledge and encouraging development of their capability as appropriate.

Our Sustainable Procurement Steering Group is made up of senior representatives from across our business units, who work to develop and govern best-practice approaches to supply chain sustainability. A key objective is to assess suppliers against ethical sourcing standards, with the aim of achieving 100% compliance by 2020. The steering group also oversees our Ethical Sourcing Plans, Sustainability key performance indicators, and Sustainability School relationships.

We are members of the UK Contractors Group. Membership commits around 30 companies to work with their supply chain to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions. We support the Government’s construction industry strategy (Construction 2025) for greater resource efficiency and a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment by 2025.

It supports a number of WRAP Built Environment Commitments to take actions through the supply chain that contribute to a lower-carbon, resource-efficient built environment.

Find out more about our supply chain management in our latest sustainability report.

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