6th APRES Annual Conference announced

The 6th APRES Annual Conference on ‘Responsible and ethical sourcing – a professional approach for materials, products and people’, will be held on 29 November at 11 Cavendish Square in London.

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, and 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.

Since the inception of APRES in 2011, there has been a significantly increased awareness of the importance of responsible and ethical sourcing in minimising the impacts that the construction industry supply chain has on resources, the environment and people around the world.

Clients and stakeholders increasingly expect the 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? These are the questions being addressed by APRES, through initiatives such as the APRES Annual Conferences.

To see the agenda for the 6th Annual Conference click here.

To book you place click here.

For more information:
Laura Cox
conferences@bre.co.uk
0333 321 88 11

New Standard will help the construction sector to address modern slavery in supply chains

The latest report from the Global Slavery Index reveals that modern slavery now affects 48 million people worldwide.

‘While the report cites the number of people affected in the UK at a relatively low 13,000, this figure doesn’t reflect the complex supply chains of most sectors, none more so than the construction sector,’ says BRE’s Head of Responsible Sourcing Shamir Ghumra. ‘It up to all of us to take positive action against the evils of modern slavery.’

The recently launched Ethical Labour Standard has been developed by BRE to provide organisations with a framework to verify their systems and processes in relation to the Modern Slavery Act and continuously improve their ethical labour sourcing practices.

‘We have 120+ organisations helping us to shape the standard and trial its use,’ says Ghumra. ‘This is a testament to the willingness of our industry to do the right thing – these are organisations with complex international supply chains so the ability they have to affect real change on a global scale is significant.’

A video presented at the launch of the Ethical Labour standard can be viewed here.

For further information please contact shamir.ghumra@bre.co.uk

Responsible sourcing network APRES given new home at BRE

Building science centre BRE announced today that the Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing network – APRES – will transfer to its management from 2016.

Now in its 5th year, APRES was created by Loughborough University with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and extensive support from a number of industry partners. Its objective has been to create a programme of activities supporting the adoption of ethical and sustainable sourcing across the UK construction industry.

The network of over 100 businesses has acted as a centre for knowledge-sharing and dissemination of responsible sourcing practices, forging new research ideas and relationships and providing guidance direct to the industry.

Speaking at the 5th Annual APRES conference in London yesterday, Loughborough University’s Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Construction and founder of APRES, Jacqui Glass, said ‘We are very pleased that BRE is taking APRES to the next level. They will build on the great legacy we have achieved to date. We now have a strong and growing community, and the issue of responsible sourcing continues to increase in importance. I am envisage a prosperous and influential future for APRES, with support from such an important global body like BRE.’

BRE Group Business DevelopmentDirector, Dr Miles Watkins, said ‘APRES has made a significant contribution to the responsible sourcing agenda in the past five years however our industry still has a long way to go to meet best practice. Our mission is to increase the membership, extend the influence, and reach and ultimately make ethical and sustainable construction a prerequisite for business success.’

For more information on APRES, or to join as a member, email apres@bre.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITOR

BRE: We are a world leading building science centre and the authority on all aspects of the built environment. We generate new knowledge through research that is used to create products, tools and standards that drive positive change across the built environment. We enable our government and private sector clients to meet the environmental, social and economic challenges they face by delivering higher performing, better quality, safer, more secure and more sustainable products homes, buildings and communities. We are owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity, which funds research and education that advances knowledge of the built environment.  We are committed to building a better world together. We are BRE. www.bre.co.uk

APRES: The aim of APRES is to develop an action programme to deliver responsible sourcing in the UK construction industry. The APRES network will act as a new community ‘centre’ for knowledge-sharing and dissemination of RS practices, forging new research ideas and relationships and providing guidance direct to the industry. The specific objectives are to:

  • explore in depth the challenges involved in delivering responsible sourcing, with a view to developing a coordinated action programme;
  • establish and sustain an enthusiastic membership base for the network such that it becomes known as a well-established community of practice;
  • map the industry’s skills and knowledge needs through workshops on context, market, and technology challenges;
  • define academic research and development directions and improve the quality of research interaction between academics and industry;
  • identify and disseminate outcomes and best practice to the industry and others, via the website, email and themed events;
  • provide an open and impartial discussion forum for the construction industry and its customers, academics, government, professional bodies, trade associations and standard-setting bodies – anyone with an interest in RS will be encouraged to participate.

The APRES network hosts an annual conference and produces guidance on responsible sourcing for the construction industry. apres.bre.co.uk

 

Arup and Marks & Spencer among line up for 5th APRES conference

The focus for the next APRES conference on responsible sourcing, is managing risk and enhancing reputation. The event will be held in central London at The Building Centre on Tuesday 24 November, and features an outstanding range of speakers from key organisations in the supply-chain including clients, designers, contractors and third sector organisations.

This year, we are delighted that Responsible Solutions are our headline sponsor; they will be showcasing a new risk app, developed with Loughborough University as part of the ethical sourcing project AESOP.

Please book your place now through the CIRIA website:https://www.ciria.org/…/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=E15230

APRES to create a new ethical sourcing portfolio

APRES to create a new ethical sourcing portfolio

The APRES team are fast completing new resources on ethical sourcing, aimed at a range of industry stakeholders. A new design guide is available to download here. An update to the popular Little Book of Responsible Sourcingand risk tools will follow in early 2016. The project has been undertaken in collaboration with Crossrail, Responsible Solutions and McClelland Media. Read more in this Construction Manager article. For further information about AESOP, please visit the Related Research page. For a general overview of the subject, this Raconteur piece published in The Sunday Times in June 2015 features project lead Professor Glass, and Ian Nicholson, from Responsible Solutions.

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Arup and Marks & Spencer among line up for 5th APRES conference

The focus for the next APRES conference on responsible sourcing, is managing risk and enhancing reputation. The event will be held in central London at The Building Centre on Tuesday 24 November, and features an outstanding range of speakers from key organisations in the supply-chain including clients, designers, contractors and third sector organisations.

This year, we are delighted that Responsible Solutions are our headline sponsor; they will be showcasing a new risk app, developed with Loughborough University as part of the ethical sourcing project AESOP.

Please book your place now through the CIRIA website:https://www.ciria.org/…/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=E15230

APRES to create a new ethical sourcing portfolio

The APRES team are fast completing new resources on ethical sourcing, aimed at a range of industry stakeholders. A new design guide is available to download here. An update to the popular Little Book of Responsible Sourcing and risk tools will follow in early 2016. The project has been undertaken in collaboration with Crossrail, Responsible Solutions and McClelland Media. Read more in this Construction Manager article. For further information about AESOP, please visit theRelated Research page. For a general overview of the subject, this Raconteur piece published in The Sunday Times in June 2015 features project lead Professor Glass, and Ian Nicholson, from Responsible Solutions.

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