Conflict Minerals in 2017 – What’s New?

It’s only February and so far this year the news feeds have been full of political comments referencing conflict minerals, with some suggested step-backs in progress as well as some tighter regulations. You’re not the only one that’s confused. So here we try and simplify what we know, what we don’t, and most importantly, what […]

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The Modern Slavery Act: what do you need to know?

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was the UK’s latest step towards eliminating slavery, in all its forms. Since then, many UK construction companies have reviewed their own businesses and supply chains and published statements about the approach they have taken, with the aim of ensuring that modern slavery, including human trafficking, is not taking place […]

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BS 8555: What is it and how it could benefit your business?

BS 8555 is a British Standard for a phased approach towards achieving a certified environmental management system. Environmental management systems can help organisations to understand the potential impacts they have on the environment, and help to control and minimise those impacts. Working towards a certified system for managing environmental impacts can provide many opportunities and benefits. A key benefit is that […]

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Life Cycle Thinking (Part Three)

What are Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)? It is now common for organisations to use environmental credentials as a powerful marketing tool and to increase competitiveness. Our two previous blogs explored some of the business benefits of taking a life cycle perspective and carrying out Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs).  This last instalment in our series on […]

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Life Cycle Thinking (Part Two)

What are Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs)?   It has become standard practice for organisations to look at the environmental impacts of their own operations. But what about the impacts embedded within their supply chain? Or the impacts that occur during the operation of their products? Our previous blog in this series explored the importance of […]

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Ethical Sourcing: A Guide for Designers and Specifiers (v 2.0)

The sourcing of materials and products brings with it significant risks. Supply chains are often global and complex, with multiple tiers of different suppliers, which means that it is very difficult to gain traceability and transparency over the environmental and social impacts associated with a product. Without this transparency, ethical issues (including both environmental factors […]

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Circular Economy: What goes around, comes around

What is the Circular Economy? Quickly becoming the new ‘hot topic’ in sustainability, the circular economy is already being adopted in many industries, including fashion, automotive and construction. But there is still significant confusion around what the term actually means, and what constitutes as circular. Put simply, a circular economy is one that moves away […]

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