Future Directions in Sustainable Supply Chain

On 8 May, we invited international expert Shaun McCarthy to speak to the ECO-Buy network. Shaun is Director of Action Sustainability in the UK, chaired the Committee for a Sustainable London 2012 (overseeing the sustainability of the London Olympics), and contributed to writing the British Standard 8903 for sustainable procurement.

The event saw a very strong turnout – supply chain is certainly a hot topic this year, and it will only increase in focus.

Cameron Neil began the event with an update on ECO-Buy and Net Balance (see his slides), including:

Shaun McCarthy then provided an update on global best practice. You can see his slides here or video of his presentation below. The key areas he discussed included:

  • The British Standard BS8903:2010 Principles and framework for sustainable procurement, and the BSI Guide to Procuring sustainably using BS 8903.
  • The London 2012 Olympics was a great example of sustainable procurement. A number of case studies and resources are available through the Learning Legacy website.
  • Action Sustainability has worked with a number of construction industry partners to create the Supply Chain Sustainability School, a virtual learning environment that aims to help construction suppliers and sub-contractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence. It is free to access.

It was a great event and we look forward to working with Shaun again. If you would be interested in arranging a meeting during one of his future visits, contact us.