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Sustainable Procurement

We commit to specifying sustainable materials and working collaboratively with our supply chain.

Achieving economic growth and creating long-term value for society within environmental limits is a collective challenge.

We recognise that our procurement decisions have potentially serious environmental and social consequences. Through our Sustainable Procurement policy we set out our commitment to specify sustainable materials and work with our supply chain to promote social responsibility and environmental stewardship. To find out about how we promote social responsibility with our supply chain, please go to For our Partners.

One of our key commodities is timber. Forests play a critical part in the well-being of people, nature, and the planet. So we must ensure that the procurement decisions we make proactively support ethical and sustainable timber products and responsible producers and suppliers. Through our Sustainable Timber policy we commit to only buying timber from known legal sources and seek out suppliers and subcontractors that are certified to trade in Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) timber and the Programme for the Enforcement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

In our financial year 2018, 99.93% of our timber was purchased through responsible suppliers and sub-contractors. For full details on the breakdown for FSC-certified and PEFC-certified timber through our supply chain, please visit Our Data.

We work with local companies and source local products where we can. This helps to support smaller local businesses, while reducing the environmental impact of transporting materials from great distances to our sites. 26% of our supply chain are located within 20 miles of site and 58% are within 50 miles.

WWF logo We were proud to receive the highest score possible in the WWF-UK 2019 Timber Scorecard in July 2019.  The WWF Timber Scorecard assess key UK businesses to understand how they are working to eliminate illegal and unsustainable timber from its supply chain.  In 2019, 122 were assessed by WWF with only 18 companies achieving the highest score of 3 trees.

This accolade is demonstration of our commitment to purchasing sustainable timber products and protecting the world’s forests from illegal logging.

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