Sourcing responsibly

Our journey towards becoming Net Positive includes focusing on the goods and services we procure and the positive impact we can have by working with and selecting the right suppliers and setting the right standards. This means we aim to source products which are natural, safe and ethical, taking into consideration their impact on the environment and people, both locally and internationally.

Timber from verified legal
and sustainable sources

How are we doing so far?

In 2003 we made a commitment to only procure certified legal and sustainable timber (current UK chain of custody schemes are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification). We can demonstrate that 99% of new timber delivered to our sites is from verified legal and sustainable sources, with more than 90% having full FSC or PEFC chain of custody. We also have experience of delivering partial and full project certifications, including 30 Broadwick Street, which was certified with FSC Full Project Certification (TT-PRO-006105, 2017). We proudly support the UK sustainable timber market by procuring Grown in Britain certified timber when it is available. 

Breakdown of total timber
sourced on our sites

Awareness is key

Our regional environmental awards encourage our subcontractors to continually improve their performance. In 2016 we also delivered 378 environmental awareness training hours using the CITB Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS), and monthly environmental toolbox talks were delivered on all projects to advance the training and awareness of more than 20,000 BAM and supply chain operatives about important issues.

Training and collaboration to support
our supply chain about important issues

As a partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, we are helping the construction supply chain assess and improve their knowledge of sustainability issues. Since its launch in June 2012, the School has become established as the place for suppliers and sub-contractors to learn more about how to address both environmental and social sustainability issues. To date, over 5,000 members have joined the School from more than 2,500 companies.

BAM supports the school through sitting on four of its five leadership groups, including being a founding member of the Welsh School. We have hosted three supplier days and continually engage to improve awareness of the school and to push forward key issues for our supply chain. We have hosted a number of action learning workshops for our supply chain, including creating a bespoke course on circular economy. You can read more about these workshops here

85% of our preferred suppliers
are members of the School

Preparing for new challenges

The road ahead involves fostering even closer and more effective responsible sourcing relationships with our suppliers and subcontractors. Increasing the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) also helps us to evaluate the environmental life cycle costs of the materials used in our buildings. This will help to influence the construction sector as a whole, as a greater understanding of a product's environmental impacts will allow more informed product choices. 

BIM evaluates lifecycle
environmental costs of materials

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