Working together with our supply chain

Our performance

KPI  H1 2016  2015 2014 2014/2015 Trend
Total spend covered by Group-wide agreements  70% 71% 72%

Number of suppliers and subcontractors participating in Supply Chain Sustainability School

(new KPI from 2016)

  • Improvement on prior year performance
  • Performance within a 10% deterioration on prior year
  • Performance 10% or more worse than prior year


Short term (2016) Medium term (2020) Horizon ambition
75% total spend covered by Group-wide agreements 78% 80%
1,400 suppliers and subcontractors participating in Supply Chain Sustainability School
1,700 2,000

The Group helped establish the Supply Chain Sustainability School in 2012, which is part-funded by the Construction Industry Training Board. Since then the School has grown, with 5,345 individual companies having signed up. A total of 1,533 companies in our supply chain undertook training at the School in 2015.

We actively engage with our major suppliers to assess the sustainability of the materials we use. We also participate in the UK Contractors Group environment committee and its ‘materials’ sub-group, and ‘Grown in Britain’, an initiative designed to create sustainably managed woodlands.


Poor project delivery and use of non-sustainable materials


  • Negative environmental impact of using materials that are not sustainable
  • Poor project delivery through not managing our supply chain and subcontractors properly
  • Association with poor labour practices


  • Establishing minimum standards through procurement policy
  • Risk assessment of potential high risk materials and services
  • Promotion of Supply Chain Sustainability School to suppliers


  • Driving improved labour sourcing and ethical procurement across supply chain with wider benefits on materials sourcing

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