The standard requires manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with and oversight of many aspects of environmental and sustainability performance.
H+H, the UK’s largest manufacturer of aerated concrete blocks, has achieved the much sought after “excellent” ranking under BES 6001 framework for responsible sourcing.
The standard requires manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with and oversight of many aspects of environmental and sustainability performance. This includes energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, water management and ethical business practices.
Critically, a manufacturer must also demonstrate that its own supply chain is similarly committed to continuous environmental improvement, which is achieved by continuous oversight of suppliers’ certification to recognised environmental, quality and health and safety standards.
This certification is a clear demonstration of collaboration throughout the supply chain – something which is essential if overall carbon reduction and broader environmental standards within the built environment are to be met.
Organisations demonstrate compliance with BES 6001 with their level of achievement ranked as: Pass, Good, Very Good and Excellent, and are re-examined annually.
Graham Sargeant, Development and Management Systems Manager at H+H, said: “This type of certification considers the supply chain as a whole, which makes complete sense. The degree of collaboration required for H+H to achieve its Excellent ranking sits very comfortably within our overall strategy to be “partners in wall building” and it is a way of working that needs to be embedded throughout the industry.
“Never has there been as much focus on sustainability environmental standards and never has the need for this focus been so evident. As an industry we have to work together. Environmental improvement is no longer a “nice to have” – it is essential.”