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29 November 2016
11 Cavendish Square, London

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

Details :

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.   

Event programme

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

16.00: Plenary

16.20: Closing remarks Jim McClelland, Event Chair

16.30: Drinks reception

17.00: Conference end and depart

For more information:
Laura Cox
0333 321 88 11