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22 Sep 2015

Fifth annual conference provides insight into responsible sourcing in the construction industry

Loughborough University and the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) have announced their fifth annual conference providing an insight into innovative tools and guidance used for responsible sourcing in the construction industry.

Taking place on 24 November in London, the conference will examine responsible sourcing and mitigation of reputational and economic risks through better supply chain management. The event will provide insights on how ethical sourcing can enhance company reputation.

Peter Caplehorn, Policy Director and Deputy Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association, will deliver the keynote address. Delegates will hear speakers from the value chain discuss the integration of responsible sourcing throughout the construction process, the challenges of this, and improving collaboration between client, designer, specifiers and contractor.

Breakout sessions will examine:

  • Social impacts  and ethical dimensions of engineering and construction
  • Mitigating reputational risk in supply chains through responsible sourcing 

The conference is being organised by the Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing (APRES) in association with CIRIA.

APRES was established by Professor Jacqui Glass, School of Civil and Building Engineering.  It is a network for knowledge sharing and dissemination of responsible sourcing in the construction industry.  The APRES network currently involves more than 100 member organisations and 200 individuals. 

Professor Glass, Network Manager, said: “We are delighted that the fifth conference features a range of high-profile speakers from across the industry, who have extensive experience and insights on responsible sourcing. 

“With recent legislative changes around modern slavery and social value, construction companies are waking up to the importance of supply chain auditing – in other words – knowing where your materials come from.

“APRES was an industry-focused initiative; business delegates who have attended previous events have praised the open and frank discussions, and excellent networking on the day.”

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APRES was established by Professor Jacqui Glass from the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough.  It is a network for knowledge sharing and dissemination of responsible sourcing in the construction industry.  The APRES network currently involves over 100 member organisations and 200 individuals.  Membership is free and more information is available at

CIRIA is the construction industry research and information association. It is an independent, not-for-profit, member-based research organisation that exists to champion performance improvement in construction.

Since 1960 CIRIA has delivered support and guidance to the construction, built environment and infrastructure sectors. CIRIA works with members from all parts of the supply chain to co-ordinate collaborative projects, industry networks and events. Its high quality guidance is delivered to industry through publications, training and other performance improvement activities. 

For more information on CIRIA’s products and services please visit or contact Nipa Patel Tel: +44 (0) 20 7549 3300 Email:

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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.


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Additional contact information

For more information about this conference please contact:

Nipa Patel

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7549 3300