Have your say on the responsible sourcing standard update
A stakeholder workshop about the future evolution of the Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing - BES 6001 - is being held on 14 December at BRE Watford.
Report from – Beth Buxey-Softley
The construction industry is a major consumer of resources and currently has a large impact on the sustainability of the UK and the wider world. Therefore, to improve our sustainability, it is important we monitor the use of resources and how they are being obtained.
In light of this, BRE Global developed the Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing (BES 6001) along with an associated independent third-party certification scheme. This standard provides organisations with a means by which their products can be independently assessed and certified as being responsibly sourced. It assesses aspects such as stakeholder engagement, labour practises and the management of supply chains serving materials sectors upstream of the manufacturer.
Review and refocus
Since the standard's original release over a decade ago, it has grown to become one of the leading Responsible Sourcing Standards in the construction sector. The preceding update took place in 2016 (Issue 3.1) and due to the feedback received throughout that earlier process, it was concluded that a more comprehensive update to the scheme was required.
Currently, the standard includes compulsory and optional elements which cover sustainability, management and supply chain aspects of the assessed company.
In the forthcoming update, BRE hopes to refocus and align the scheme with its original mission to provide a mark of ‘Responsible Sourcing’ for certificate holders. Whether this will require a new approach to assessing companies for certification, such as applying a maturity based methodology to the scheme requirements, will be a key focus of the discussions on how to take BES 6001 into the future.
More adaptable and relevant
BRE aims to develop the standard in a way that will make it both more adaptable and relevant to current certificate holders. Over 100 companies are currently BES 6001 certificate holders, representing products from 18 sectors. As the scheme now represents such a wide range of manufacturers, it is crucial that its development is aligned with the needs and goals of all these existing sectors - and potentially new sectors in the future.
At BRE we are in the preliminary stages of developing the new version of BES 6001, and a number of ideas representing different directions for the scheme have been drafted. Please join us at BRE for the Stakeholder meeting on 14 December, and share your thoughts and perspective on the future of BES 6001 in its update to version 4.0.
If you wish to attend the discussion to hear more about the forthcoming update of the BES 6001 standard, please register here.