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Sustainability school trebles target in first year

The Supply Chain Sustainability School has gained 2,400 registered members in its first year.

Members come from more than 1,300 companies that have demonstrated a commitment to improving their sustainability credentials by being part of the school.

Balfour Beatty and Wates have just announced their decision to support the school. It joins Aggregate Industries, Kier, Lend Lease, Morgan Sindall, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska and Willmott Dixon in working to create a more sustainable, responsible industry.

UK government chief construction adviser Peter Hansford said: “With more than 2,400 members since launching just 12 months ago, the Supply Chain Sustainability School is an excellent example of the industry working together to tackle shared challenges.

“The environmental and social sustainability issues the industry faces can only be effectively dealt with by the value chain working as one; from client to contractor through to suppliers and subcontractors.

“With the active support of 10 major contractors and the UK Contractors Group, suppliers are presented with a common assessment and range of resources. This allows them to upskill to meet the demands of their clients and put them in a position to take advantage of emerging green markets.”

Launched in June 2012, the Supply Chain Sustainability School is a virtual learning environment that aims to help construction suppliers and subcontractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence.

The school not only provides education, but an opportunity to understand their clients’ sustainability agendas and drivers. The school is being delivered by an independent third party, Action Sustainability, and has been backed by the CITB Growth Fund.

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