Annual Conference

6th APRES Annual Conference on 29 November at 11 Cavendish Square in London.

Responsible and ethical sourcing – a professional approach for materials, products and people

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09.00:      Coffee and registration, exhibition opens

09.30:      Welcome and introduction – Jim McClelland, Event Chair, Dr Shamir Ghumra, Director of Sustainable Products, BRE and Prof Jacqui Glass, Loughborough University

Session I: Setting strategic priorities

09.40:      Keynote: Ethics needs to be at the heart of what it means to be a professional today. Professional bodies, including the CIOB, have a vital role to play in terms of engendering trust, setting and maintaining professional standards, and promoting the right behaviours. As professionals we have a responsibility to the industry and the wider society we serve to ensure that the built environment we create is designed, procured and constructed safely, sustainably and ethically. – Paul Nash, CIOB President

10.00:      Ethical responsibility of architects – Rory Bergin, Partner-Sustainable Futures, HTA

10.20:      Challenging our understanding of the supply chain: Development of supply chain strategy, Building the supply chain temple of resilience and Future trends and risks – Prof. Richard Wilding, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

10.40:      Panel Q&A, discussion and audience voting

11.00:      Refreshment break and exhibition

Session II: New knowledge and resources

11.30:      Constructing Excellence views on Sourcing Challenges – Don Ward, Chief Executive, Constructing Excellence

11.50:      Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) – Alan Young, IRMA

12.10:      Ethical Labour Standard and BES 6001 update – Dr Shamir Ghumra, Director of Sustainable Products, BRE

12.25:      CIRIA guidance on minimising risk in procurement: Ian will outline the forthcoming publication Responsible Sourcing: A Handbook for the Construction Industry that Responsible Solutions have been developing on behalf of CIRIA. This handbook is primarily aimed at anyone who has responsibilities for material selection and/or procurement. It will provide a clear overview of the different responsible sourcing impacts for a wide range of product groups from aggregates to mechanical and electrical equipment – Ian Nicholson, Managing Director, Responsible Solutions

12.40:      Panel Q&A, discussion and audience voting

13.00:      Lunch and Exhibition

Session III: What success looks like – case studies at scale

14.00:      Crossrail’s learning legacy: Crossrail have been engaged in a collaborative approach to ethical sourcing, working with its tier 1 contractors and suppliers.  Mike’s talk will provide background to the challenge and the  approach taken to establish collaborative working practices.  He will also talk about the successes of the programme, the lessons learned and what needs to be improved upon. – Dr Mike de Silva, Sustainability Manager, Crossrail

14.15:      Highways England case – Sally Vivian, Technical Director, AECOM and Dean Kerwick-Chrisp, Highways England

14.30:      Being the first in sector to achieve product certification – Insights and lessons learned: Josephine’s talk will introduce the approach taken to sustainability and sourcing by AkzoNobel and outline motivations of going for certification to BES6001. She will also talk about the experiences of the certification process and lessons learned. – Dr Josephine Arendorf, Sustainability Change Manager, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK&I

14.45:      Panel Q&A, discussion and audience voting.

15.00:      Refreshment break and Exhibition

Session IV: A leap forward?

15.20:    Briefing – Prof. Jacqui Glass, Loughborough University

15.30:    Facilitated, agenda setting event on key issues, including: – Traceability – Modern Slavery Act – Changing behaviours – Gaps and needs Introduced by Asselya Katenbayeva, PhD Researcher, Loughborough University, Erica Russell, Doctoral Practitioner, University of Surrey and Quintin Lake, Research Fellow, Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability at Hult

16.00:    Plenary

16.20:    Closing remarks Jim McClelland, Event Chair

16.30:    Conference end and depart


Responsible and Ethical Sourcing

Since the inception of APRES (Action Programme for Responsible and Ethical Sourcing), we have seen a significantly increased awareness of the importance of responsible and ethical sourcing to minimise the impacts that the construction industry supply chain has on resources, the environment and people around the world.

Clients and stakeholders increasingly expect ethical and transparent sourcing of products and labour for construction projects, while the UK government has sought to strengthen policy, regulation and guidelines through policy instruments such as the Modern Slavery Act 2015.


Industry therefore has more awareness, codes of practice and tools than ever before; but how can we best improve the implementation of responsible and ethical sourcing consistently across all professions and what are the gaps in both policy and research needed to embed it into the mainstream?


Aimed primarily at clients, developers, architects, construction, sustainability and procurement professionals, contractors, suppliers and manufacturers, the 6th APRES conference will provide a strategic overview of responsible and ethical resourcing, details of the latest tools and guidelines as well as insights into the latest research. This highly interactive conference will seek to gain practical insights from delegates into the opportunities and barriers for increased responsible and ethical sourcing.