New CIRIA handbook promotes responsible sourcing across Construction Industry
The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has recently produced its responsible sourcing handbook.
The publication - Minimising risk through responsible sourcing (C767) - is designed to help anyone involved in construction projects to better understand what to look for when making purchasing decisions.
By providing best practises and guidance on responsible sourcing practices and risks reduction, the handbook aims to answer to key-questions such as:
- Where do the materials and products used in construction projects come from?
- What are their social, environmental and ethical impacts?
- Do construction companies and professionals consider them in purchasing decisions?
"Adopting responsible sourcing practices is the key to act on these issues and to manage potential risks and impacts associated with the purchase of materials, products and services, such as child labour, excessive use of resources, or greenhouse gas emissions," says CIRIA in a news release.
"With an economy based on global networks and supply chains this can be very challenging and requires a close collaboration between all the parties involved in project delivery, from clients to designers and specifiers, through to suppliers and product manufacturers."
"The construction industry is increasingly realising this and we are witnessing the evolution of the market and changes in procurement processes: clients and contractors are keen to work with organisations that can demonstrate they are adopting responsible sourcing practices; at the same time, manufacturers and suppliers are seeking third party certification to demonstrate their supply chain transparency and, ultimately, increase their ability to win more work."
Find out more information here.