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Analysis of responsible sourcing performance in BES 6001 certificates

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posted on 08.06.2015, 16:09 by James Upstill-Goddard, Jacqui Glass, Andrew Dainty, Ian Nicholson
Responsible sourcing (RS) of materials is defined as the ethical management of sustainability issues within the construction supply chain, and engagement is typically evidenced by certification to BES 6001, the framework standard for the responsible sourcing of construction products. Points are scored in BES 6001 under a number of clauses, yet little is known about RS practices. The aim was to extract knowledge about RS practices from all 138 nr. BES 6001 certificates issued to UK companies between 2008 and 2013. Data by performance rating, company size and product sector were analysed using Spearman’s rho (ρ) and Cronbach’s alpha (α). Performance against the life cycle assessment and resource use clauses was found not to significantly influence overall performance, so neither of these clauses can be assumed to represent good summary measures of sustainability performance. This suggests a refocusing of the scope of both these clauses might be appropriate in future developments of the standard.

Funding

This research forms part of an engineering doctorate (EngD) programme sponsored by Responsible Solutions Ltd and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability

Volume

168

Issue

2

Pages

71 - 81 (11)

Citation

UPSTILL-GODDARD, J.D. ... et al, 2015. Analysis of responsible sourcing performance in BES 6001 certificates. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability, 168 (2), pp. 71 - 81.

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© Institution of Civil Engineers

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VoR (Version of Record)

Publication date

2015

Notes

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ISSN

1751-7680

Language

en

Location

United Kingdom

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