The concrete industry is the first industry to link its sustainable construction strategy to BES 6001 and has produced a guidance document that supports the implementation of the standard. Designers can now easily source accredited material and gain maximum credits in sustainability assessment tools such as the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM.

Because concrete is locally sourced it means that monitoring its supply chain and ensuring its adherence to environmental, social regulatory and legislative benchmarks is relatively straightforward.

Responsible sourcing of construction products is an increasingly important issue for specifiers and clients. It touches all aspects of the supply chain. Of all construction products, concrete is best placed to deliver the highest level of responsible sourcing due to the local availability of materials, short supply chains and regulated management systems.

BES 6001 Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products has been achieved by most major concrete supply companies and provides proof of the measures and actions taken by the marine aggregate provider in respect to responsible sourcing.

The Concrete Centre offer a number of valuable documents and guidelines for further reference.