Sourcing Responsibly

We work collaboratively with our supply chain to set high standards to reduce the environmental impact of projects, improve local communities and ultimately deliver better quality services to our customers. Since BAM became a partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, we have hosted two supplier days to spread understanding of the issues. We support the UK sustainable timber market by working with the Grown in Britain contractors group. We focus on using healthy and sustainable materials in an efficient way, sourcing locally whenever possible. 

Timber from verified legal
and sustainable sources

How are we doing so far?

In 2003 we made a commitment to procure timber only from approved certified sources (such as the Forest Stewardship Council). We can demonstrate that 99% of new timber delivered to our sites is from verified legal and sustainable sources, with more than 86% having full FSC or PEFC chain of custody. In 2015 we started our second project which must achieve FSC Full Project certification, 30 Broadwick Street in London.

In 2015 we delivered 456 environmental awareness training hours using the CITB Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS). Monthly environmental toolbox talks are delivered on all projects, advancing the training of 20,000 BAM and supply chain operatives.

Our regional environmental awards encourage our subcontractors’ continued improvement, and motivate them to improve their performance. Running workshops with our suppliers through the Supply Chain Sustainability School also helps to improve knowledge and awareness.

Breakdown of total timber
sourced on our sites

Collaboration and Supporting Change

We work collaboratively with other UK Contractors and have committed to improve industry standards by only sourcing timber from certified legal and sustainable sources. We also exercise preference for products covered by certified responsible sourcing schemes, such as BES 6001. We're also proud to be supporting the 'Grown in Britain’ campaign to use home-grown sustainable timber in the UK.

Working with our customers and suppliers, we're setting and delivering new standards at project level for apprenticeships, local sourcing and the use of natural and low-impact materials. We use a bespoke Google mapping tool to measure whether we are achieving our targets on local sourcing.

Collaboration and driving change

Supply Chain Sustainability School

As a partner of the online learning forum, the Supply Chain Sustainability School, we are helping the construction supply chain assess and improve their knowledge of sustainability issues facing the industry. 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.

65% of our preferred suppliers
are members of the School

Preparing for New Challenges

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

Our memberships with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy 100 and the Supply Chain Sustainability School will help us to engage with our supply chain on issues which are important to each project we deliver.

BIM evaluates lifecycle
environmental costs of materials

Case studies relating to this topic

30 Broadwick Street

30 Broadwick Street

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Cyfarthfa Retail Park

Cyfarthfa Retail Park

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One Angel Square, The Co-operative Group Headquarters

One Angel Square, The Co-operative Group Headquarters

This iconic building is a leading example of our ability to integrate sustainable features from inception to delivery of the project, and beyond.

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