APRES organises, supports and participates in a range of joint industry and academic events.

These include the APRES Annual Conference, with presentations, audience voting sessions and facilitated activities addressing key challenges in the responsible and ethical sourcing of construction products. Each event includes a dedicated exhibition area/trade show to accommodate stands from companies, universities and other interested parties.

All are welcome to attend these events, but priority is given to APRES Members so please contact us to ensure that you are included in our Members’ database. This is free to join and will give you advance notice of upcoming conferences and related events. Visit the Membership page.

7th APRES Annual Conference – Risk & Responsibility – The evolution of supply chain data and business culture

Wednesday 22 November 2017 at QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary Westminster, Central London SW1P 3EE

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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 7th 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.

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6th APRES Annual Conference – Responsible and ethical sourcing – a professional approach for materials, products and people

The 6th Annual APRES (Action Programme on Responsible & Ethical Sourcing) conference focussed on  the role of the professional in this broad agenda. It explored the connection between products and people and the move towards a more integrated level of understanding. There was a great degree of engagement with the 80+delegates of which 50% were new to the APRES conference. There were speakers from Cranfield University, AkzoNobel and Highways England to name but a few.

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5th APRES Conference – Managing risk and enhancing reputation with responsible sourcing

Held at the Building Centre in London on 24 November 2015. The 5th Conference was co-hosted with CIRIA. Peter Capelhorn, Deputy Director of the Construction Products Association, was the keynote speaker. He was joined by high-profile speakers from Arup, Buro Happold, M&S, Mace, MSL Group, Responsible Solutions, Turner & Townsend, and the Wilmott Dixon Foundation.

The headline sponsor for the conference was Responsible Solutions.

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Download the presentation slides: Resilient Sourcing – Supply chains fit for the future


Previous Events

Conference 4: Responsible sourcing on the global stage A joint conference was held with CIRIA on 27 November 2014, in Loughborough, UK. View presentations and a selection of photos from the event.

Conference 3: Sustainable procurement in construction A joint conference was held with CIRIA and the ASBP on 19 November 2013, in London, UK. View presentations and a selection of photos from the event.

Conference 2: Responsible sourcing in action This conference was held on 21-23 November 2012 at Loughborough University, UK. View presentations and a selection of photos from the event.

Conference 1: Responsible sourcing of construction products: drivers, performance and impact This conference was held on 23-24 November 2011 at Loughborough University, UK. View presentations and a selection of photos from the event.

APRES/In-house Lawyers Forum – Legal and commercial issues associated with sustainable construction This joint meeting was held on 14 April 2011 at Loughborough University, UK. View presentations and a selection of photos from the event.

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Sustainability and Climate Change: Global and Local Perspectives The conference was held on 13 January 2011 at Loughborough University, UK. View the press release and a selection of photos from the event.