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25 August 2011 | PR 11/103

Conference to help guide the way to responsible sourcing

A Loughborough University-led network, set up to provide advice and guidance on responsible sourcing for the UK construction industry, is holding its first conference.

The construction sector is being subjected to growing stakeholder expectations about the accountability, transparency and legitimacy of its operations. This arises from concerns about global supply chains, labour and welfare conditions, environmental impacts, bribery and corruption. Responsible sourcing is about managing these issues so that customers can be more confident about the origin of the materials they are purchasing.

The APRES (Action Programme on Responsible Sourcing) network was established in 2010, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  Based in the University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering, it brings together academic experts and industry specialists to share knowledge and develop new ideas.

APRES Network Manager Dr Jacqui Glass explains: “The Government is expecting the industry to be purchasing at least 25% of all construction products through responsible sourcing schemes by 2012 and the UK’s major contractors have set an aspirational goal of 100% by 2015, so the timing of the APRES conference is no coincidence – there is much work to do to achieve these targets.”

The conference, entitled ‘Responsible sourcing of construction products: Drivers, performance and impact’, is taking place on November 23 – 24 2011 and will feature a keynote presentation on responsible sourcing for the 2012 Olympics. Delegates will also hear about progress towards industry and Government targets, what responsible manufacturers are doing to ensure their products are available to the market and also hear about Tesco’s achievements on sustainable construction.

For further details about the event and APRES visit: http://apres.lboro.ac.uk

To book a place at the conference visit http://store.lboro.ac.uk/ and click on Civil and Building Engineering – forthcoming events.

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Judy Wing
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: J.L.Wing@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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