Sustainable construction

Responsible sourcing

Responsible sourcing is fast becoming a critical issue.

Responsible sourcing is fast becoming a critical issue for the construction sector and its wider sustainability agenda. Construction clients need to be confident that their sustainable approach is supported by the construction products that they use.

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With this in mind in 2010 Tata Steel became the first steel sector operation to achieve certification to the UK Building Research Establishment sustainability standard, BES 6001 for its Colorcoat® products. This was followed in 2014 by certification for all UK manufactured steel construction products, with a rating of ‘Very Good’, making Tata Steel the largest company to acquire the BRE responsible sourcing standard BES 6001.This standard certifies that we are a responsible supplier according to detailed criteria applying both to the management of our facilities and to the way sustainability is extended back through the supply chain, starting with the mines where the iron ore is originally sourced. Recertification was secured in 2015 and again in 2016.

Through this external validation of our processes and procedures, customers are able to benchmark our sustainability performance in the construction sector and demonstrate that they are sourcing products from a responsible supplier. Additionally, designers and developers can specify and use these products confident in the knowledge they are fully certified to BES 6001, thereby securing additional credits under the responsible sourcing of materials sections of other standards, such as BREEAM.

Download Tata Steel's BES 6001 certificates here.

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