• APRES: free access to responsible and ethical sourcing best practice.

APRES is a group of industry and academic partners committed to embedding the responsible and ethical sourcing of materials, products and services into the construction industry. Its activities include hosting a major annual conference and producing guidance on responsible sourcing for the construction industry.

APRES acts as a centre for:

knowledge – sharing knowledge and disseminating responsible sourcing practices,
networking – offering opportunities to meet wide ranging industry and customer groups,
research – forging new research ideas and relationships,
guidance – providing guidance directly to the industry.

The membership is made up of clients, contractors, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and industry organisations.

The management team
Professor Jacqueline Glass FCIOB FCABE FHEA,
Professor in Construction Management The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management University College London
Gordon Miller, Sustain Worldwide.
Alison Nicholl, Associate Director, Constructing Excellence.


8th Annual APRES Conference
1 November, Pinsent Masons, London

If not now, then when? Responsible Sourcing and Procurement for Infrastructure Projects
The 8th Annual APRES Conference takes a cross supply chain approach to best practice examples of responsible sourcing and procurement for infrastructure projects.

Download the presentations below
Darren White
Dave Knight
Neill Wilkins
Prof Jacqui Glass
Tony Woodford
Ian Nicholson



Ethical sourcing

APRES White Paper 2017

 AESOP – An Ethical and Social Responsibility Portfolio

With a grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council APRES has developed an industry-academia joint venture called AESOP, which stands for An Ethical and Social responsibility Portfolio for construction professionals.

AESOP broadens the focus of responsible sourcing to include people and labour-related issues, including employment and payment practices in the UK and overseas. An article on stamping out slavery here illustrates the sort of issues being addressed.

The AESOP programme runs a series of events and conferences, in addition to publishing the UK Manifesto for Ethical Sourcing in Construction and an Ethical Design Guide, aimed at contractors, specifiers and designers – see details on both below.

UK Manifesto for Ethical Sourcing in Construction

The UK Manifesto for Ethical Sourcing in Construction, created in an industry application of a “hackathon”, was published in 2015.

The manifesto broadens the industry’s area of accountability beyond responsible sourcing and procurement, which deals mainly with environmental and sustainability issues, into the fair and ethicaltreatment of labour and sub-contractors. Its 35 co-authors include clients, contractors, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and industry organisations.

Derived from the world of Silicon Valley software development, the “hackathon” model was adapted by APRES for this purpose (an article, ‘Industry urged to build ethically’, gives more details). The manifesto marks the start of a long-term campaign to align industry values with those of corporates and activist communities worldwide.

Download the Manifesto for Ethical Sourcing in Construction

Ethical Sourcing: A Designer’s Guide

The guide offers a broad community of practitioners from architectural and engineering disciplines, the opportunity to appreciate the wide-ranging challenges and possible trade-offs with ethical sourcing. The Guide does not seek to provide a utopian answer to the pitfalls of supply chain risks, but rather to present the very real challenges in a more accessible manner in order to inform and steer design choices and specifications.

Ethical Design Guide Version 2 Final

Articles and videos

  • Glass, J. Guest blog: The only way is ethics, UK Green Building Council, November 2014. Available here
  • Glass, J. Opening our eyes to supply chain ethics, Construction Manager, February 2015. Available here
  • Glass, J. The role of responsible sourcing in the sustainable construction agenda Evolution – the magazine from CIRIA, Summer 2015, p.18-21. Available here
  • The role of the professions in responsible and ethical sourcing – Article by Shamir Gupta, BRE available on the Building4Change website

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