Willmott Dixon takes lead on sustainable supply chain standard

Willmott Dixon is among seven top businesses demonstrating sustainability leadership by becoming the first organisations to be awarded the new Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain. The new certification is the first independent certification to recognise organisations that have put in place a framework to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions across their supply chain.

The pathfinder companies each have significant procurement spends and this purchasing power gives them an opportunity to have a positive influence outside their operational boundaries, through engaging with key suppliers to get them to reduce their own carbon emissions.

The seven pathfinder companies are:

  • ABP Food Group
  • Aviva
  • Central England Co-operative
  • Deloitte UK
  • Nationwide
  • PwC UK
  • Willmott Dixon.

To achieve the standard organisations need to complete a detailed hotspot analysis to identify the most significant areas of carbon emissions within their supply chain. This is then used to determine a quantitative baseline for emissions reduction and prioritise suppliers for future engagement. To retain the standard on an ongoing basis organisations must demonstrate evidence of supplier engagement, demonstrate reductions in specified parts of their supply chain, and then expand their approach to engage different areas or suppliers.

Darran Messem, managing director of certification at the Carbon Trust, said: “Large organisations often harness their procurement power to secure better quality or lower prices. But if they also engage and demand higher environmental standards, they can change the behaviour of both direct and indirect suppliers, helping them to become more sustainable”.

Rob Lambe, managing director, Willmott Dixon Re-Thinking, said: “We believe that climate change is the single biggest threat to our planet, and that we must all play a part in tackling it. Over the past five years, we have reduced the impact of our own operations by over 30%. However, as a responsible business spending well over £3m a day on goods and services, we know that it is equally important that we support and encourage our supply chain to do the same. The Carbon Trust Supply Chain Standard has provided us with an excellent framework to guide and drive improvements”.

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