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26 October 2012 | PR 12/183

University to host ‘Responsible sourcing in action’ conference next month


Sustainability Commissioner for London 2012, Shaun McCarthy, during his keynote at last year’s conference.

A conference on responsible sourcing in action in the construction industry will take place at Loughborough University next month. It follows on from last year’s extremely successful and thought provoking conference concerning responsible sourcing of construction products.

‘Responsible sourcing in action: Understanding the market and supply chain’ takes place on November 21-23, and seeks to help embed responsible sourcing and ethical specification throughout the international construction industry.

The conference will include an opening address by Chief Group Executive of the Building Research Establishment, Dr Peter Bonfield as well as a key note address on risk and regulation from Sarah Cary, Sustainable Developments Executive at British Land. Also discussed will be corporate social responsibility, sustainable procurement and international supply chains.

There is also the chance to attend a half day work shop on ‘Collaborative Visioning’. This will provide an excellent opportunity to network with leading industry figures and contribute ideas to the development of responsible sourcing.

The event will lead to a high-profile Visioning Report, to be published in 2013, with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and other leading industry bodies.

Delegates are welcome from a broad range of organisations, including manufacturers, contractors, consultants, clients and trade associations to hear about the latest developments in responsible sourcing. Places can be booked online.


For all media enquiries contact:

Hannah Bateson
Public Relations Office
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228658
E: H.R.Bateson@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

  1. The responsible sourcing in action conference has been organised by the APRES (Action Programme on Responsible Sourcing) network.  APRES 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.
  2. 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 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England 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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