Developer influences supplier procurement

22 June 2011

22 June 2011 | Lindsay Clark

Property developer British Land has succeeded in reducing its environmental impact through its suppliers’ procurement practice.

The company, which is developing the ‘cheesegrater’ skyscraper at Leadenhall Street in the City of London, and has already built 201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower, said that five out of 10 development projects had achieved or exceeded a target of using 25 per cent of their materials from recycled sources.

On average, 27 per cent of materials by value in its new buildings comprised recycled content, British Land’s corporatesocial responsibility report (CSR) said. In 2009-10 the figure was 22 per cent. “Our contractors and sub-contractors are applying our high standards for procurement and site management,” the report said.

Meanwhile, 97 per cent of waste was diverted from landfill, and suppliers created two apprenticeships for local people.

The report, audited by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, also said the firm would work with its project teams to improve procurement standards for sustainable materials, monitoring their performance and “raising the bar each time”. The firm said it wanted to reduce its embodied carbon footprint “through changes to our designs and procurement of materials”.

Meanwhile, the CSR report showed that British Land missed its target for reducing accidents among its suppliers. The firm had set a target of reducing accident rates to less than 0.25 per 100,000 hours worked: “The reportable accident frequency rate was 0.46, not meeting our target,” the report said.

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