Responsible and ethical sourcing – a professional approach for materials, products and people
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.
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 – 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 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, Director, 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 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 – Dr Mike de Silva, Sustainability Manager, Crossrail
14.15: Highways England case – Sally Vivian, Technical Director, AECOM and Paul Whitehead, Highways England
14.30: Being the first in sector to achieve product certification – Josephine Arendorf, Sustainability Coordinator, AkzoNobel
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 and Erica Russell, Doctoral Practitioner, University of Surrey
16.20: Closing remarks Jim McClelland, Event Chair
16.30: Drinks reception
17.00: Conference end and depart
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