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
Jacqui Glass, Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Construction at Loughborough University and Head of the APRES Programme.
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.
Attend to hear from clients of the leading national infrastructure projects:
- How they are following through on their commitments to promote sustainably sourced materials
- How responsible sourcing procurement and performance contributes to the raising of funding
- How responsible sourcing is delivered within a social value policy framework at group and product level
Learn from professional institutions, certification bodies and membership organisations, how they are:
- Embedding responsible sourcing in procurement qualifications and frameworks
- Providing an evidence base of responsible sourcing for certified infrastructure projects
- Demonstrating the economic, social and environmental value of responsible sourcing
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.
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.
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
- AccountAbility (The AA1000 series of standards)
- Achilles and Building Confidence – a construction sector supply chain service:
- British Standards Institution:
- Building Research Establishment:
- BES 6001 Framework standard for responsible sourcing (BES 6001 Framework standard for the responsible sourcing of construction products)
- Building Research Establishment Green Book live – list of companies with BES6001 certification
- Building Research Establishment BREEAM Environmental Assessment Method
- CEEQUAL Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Award Scheme
- Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
- Eco-Reinforcement: an example of a sector scheme for responsible sourcing
- Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
- EU Public Procurement Analysis
- Fair Labor Association (FLA)
- Fair Stone (social standard for the stone industry)
- Forestry Stewardship Council (UK)
- Global Reporting Initiative
- Greenstone Supplier Portal
- Historic Futures
- International Labour Organization
- ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems:
- ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility
- Portal for responsible supply chain management
- Responsible Sourcing training courses
- Sedex – supplier data exchange database
- Social Accountability International’s SA8000 standard
- Socially and Environmentally Responsible Aggregate (SERA), Canada
- Sofi software from PE International
- Supply Chain Sustainability School – a major UK industry initiative
- USA Responsible Sourcing network
- WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative – Responsible Sourcing page
- Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)