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Engaging small firms in sustainable supply chains: responsible sourcing practices in the UK construction industry

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posted on 16.05.2014, 14:40 by Jacqui Glass, Nebil Achour, Tony Parry, Ian Nicholson
Responsible sourcing (RS) provides a means to manage sustainability objectives by procuring materials with a certified provenance and is demonstrated typically through an organisation's procurement policy, via purchasing decisions and practices. In the UK, the government requires that 25% of construction products shall be from RS schemes by 2012; major contractors are raising this target to 100% by 2015 for major commodities such as aggregates, metals, steel, concrete, bricks and glass. There is a lack of research on industry preparedness for RS, so this paper reports on an industry survey and interviews that set out to explore the scope of RS, its drivers, benefits and challenges. It shows that material suppliers are leading the way, and although specifiers, clients and major contractors can drive change in the supply chain, there is a problem with a lack of participation from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which warrants further research

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Citation

GLASS, J., 2012. Engaging small firms in sustainable supply chains: responsible sourcing practices in the UK construction industry. Int. J. Agile Systems and Management, 5 (1), pp. 29 - 58

Publisher

© Inderscience

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2012

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This article was published in the Int. J. of Agile Systems and Management [© Inderscience] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJASM.2012.045900

ISSN

1741-9174

Language

en

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