TCL Group achieves Supply Chain Sustainability School silver standard

An organisation funded by the UK’s leading housing developers to improve the sustainability of the entire construction supply chain has awarded the TCL Group its coveted silver standard.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School, whose sponsors include Barratt, Taylor Wimpey, Willmott Dixon and Redrow, was set up to enable companies in the housebuilding and FM sectors to meet the combined challenges of the government’s building targets and environmental standards while addressing issues identified in the Modern Slavery and Immigration Acts of 2015 and 2014.

It aims to encourage supply chain competence and provides a range of resources to enable organisations along the supply chain to embed sustainable, collaborative construction practices.

The fact that 80% of the turnover of major contractors goes to their supply chain highlights the importance of ensuring sustainable practices are in place at every stage of the process.

The school provides free practical support to construction companies, sub contractors and those in the FM sector in the form of CPD accredited e-learning modules, training workshops, bench marking tools and access to thousands of on line resources. It also offers toolbox talks on issues such as modern slavery in the FM sector, fairness, inclusion and respect and delivering social value.

Members have reported benefitting from cost and time savings, new business contracts, increased competitive advantage, reduced risk and enhanced reputation.

Sustainable practices play a vital role in helping achieve the government’s target of delivering a million new homes by 2020 allied with the UK Construction Strategy 2025 which sets out a vision for long-term strategic action to promote the UK construction sector.

The school aims to hammer home the need to eliminate the link between economic growth and increased environmental impact while also delivering increased social value –that is, delivering more from less.

The supply chain sustainability initiatives will be applied across the whole TCL Group – Burleys, TCL, Plantscape, Ice Watch and Playforce.

TCL Group QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety and Environment) manager Gary Moore said the next stage is for the TCL Group to aim for the gold standard, before considering achieving partner status.