The next Tyndall Manchester seminar will be presented by Professor Jacqui Glass (Loughborough University) on Thursday 22nd June at 4pm, in room C21, Pariser Building
See-through supply chains: why do we need transparency in construction projects?
In the UK, major construction companies can spend £5m every day on materials and products – yet it is only within the last decade that industry has woken up to the potential environmental, ethical and legal risks in material supply chains. Responsible sourcing is a mechanism through which construction materials and products are purchased from suppliers that have been audited against specific sustainability criteria, including environmental and social requirements. Many companies now offer certified responsibly sourced products, but our research has shown a lack of sufficient market awareness and understanding. Professor Glass will provide an update on this subject – covering both
industrial developments and ethical specification. The research will explore transparency and traceability in supply chains, in a problem space that is characterised by global, multi-actor, and multi-criteria decision-making.
Jacqui is Chair in Architecture and Sustainable Construction, and Associate Dean for Enterprise in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. Jacqui leads the APRÈS network of over 350 members, to promote responsible sourcing in construction (http://apres.bre. co.uk/). Professor Glass also leads the £5.8m EPSRC-funded Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE).