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20 Sep 2017

Eight pathways to tackle modern slavery and achieve supply chain excellence

There are an estimated 45.8 million people in modern slavery, in 167 countries worldwide. There is also an estimated 21 million victim of forced labour operations. The construction industry has been tackling sourcing issues associated with environmental responsibility, for some...
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07 Sep 2017

Eight Pathways Launched to Combat Modern Slavery and Unethical Practices in Supply Chains

New action programme, by APRES, to support the responsible and ethical sourcing of materials, products and people The APRES (Action Programme on Responsible and Ethical Sourcing) Eight Pathways Model is launched today via a White Paper produced by world-leading building science...
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22 Mar 2017

Ethical Labour Sourcing – A big leap for BRE, the industry and society

The Centre for Sustainable Products at BRE has a long tradition with product environmental assessment with products such as Environmental Profiles and the Green Guide to Specification. Over the past few years I have seen this evolve from a very quantitative approach to recognise...
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04 Aug 2016

6th APRES Annual Conference announced

The 6th APRES Annual Conference on ‘Responsible and ethical sourcing – a professional approach for materials, products and people’, will be held on 29 November at 11 Cavendish Square in London. Aimed primarily at clients, developers, architects, construction, sustainability and...
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Canary Wharf Contractors
28 Jul 2016

New Standard will help the construction sector to address modern slavery in supply chains

The latest report from the Global Slavery Index reveals that modern slavery now affects 48 million people worldwide. ‘While the report cites the number of people affected in the UK at a relatively low 13,000, this figure doesn’t reflect the complex supply chains of most sectors,...
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15 Nov 2015

Responsible sourcing network APRES given new home at BRE

Building science centre BRE announced today that the Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing network – APRES – will transfer to its management from 2016. Now in its 5th year, APRES was created by Loughborough University with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences...
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15 Nov 2015

APRES to create a new ethical sourcing portfolio

The APRES team are fast completing new resources on ethical sourcing, aimed at a range of industry stakeholders. A new design guide is available to download here. An update to the popular Little Book of Responsible Sourcingand risk tools will follow in early 2016. The project has...
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14 Nov 2015

Arup and Marks & Spencer among line up for 5th APRES conference

The focus for the next APRES conference on responsible sourcing, is managing risk and enhancing reputation. The event will be held in central London at The Building Centre on Tuesday 24 November, and features an outstanding range of speakers from key organisations in the...
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14 Nov 2015

APRES to create a new ethical sourcing portfolio

The APRES team are fast completing new resources on ethical sourcing, aimed at a range of industry stakeholders. A new design guide is available to download here. An update to the popular Little Book of Responsible Sourcing and risk tools will follow in early 2016. The project...
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