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 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 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 2017 we also delivered 280 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 16,700 BAM and supply chain operatives about important issues.

Training and collaboration to support
our supply chain on 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. 

BAM supports the school through sitting on five leadership groups, including being a founding member of the Welsh School. We have hosted four supplier days and continually engage to improve awareness of the School and to promote key issues amoung our supply chain. During 2017 we led work to develop a BIM maturity assessment tool to guide companies on where they need to improve skills/capabilities in relation to digital construction. We have hosted a number of learning workshops for our supply chain, including creating a bespoke course on circular economy.

75% of our priority suppliers
are registered with 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 digital construction 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

Case studies relating to this topic

Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

A state of the art development of wards, operating theatres, and outpatient facilities. This new building uses resources efficiently, reducing negative impacts on human health and the environment.

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.

Cyfarthfa Retail Park

Cyfarthfa Retail Park

BAM extended Cyfarthfa Retail Park constructing nine new retail units - including a bespoke eco-learning store for B&Q, associated car parking and delivery facilities.

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