June 2011 | Lindsay Clark
SpeedyHire, a construction equipment rental and support services firm, has launched a
strategy to help suppliers meet its sustainability requirements.
company, which posted annual revenues of more than £350 million in May, is
offering training packages to suppliers who need help to reduce carbon
emissions, improve health and safety and increase efficiency. There is an
upfront charge for the courses but Speedy has promised it will be cost-neutral
because applying the lessons learned will create savings.
Connor, supply chain director at Speedy Hire, said: “This is a collaborative
approach that we hope will implement best practice at both ends of our supply
chain. For our suppliers, [the programme] means we’re setting the bar high, and
will seek to establish a long term relationship with those that take
programme is designed to help suppliers meet Speedy Hire’s sustainability
charter, said Andy Johnson, head of sustainability and environment. Meanwhile
customers were increasingly asking for information on supply chain
sustainability, he said. “If I’m working with a customer, say Carillion, it needs
evidence that I am managing my supply chain so that I’m not affecting their
supply chain,” Johnson said.
Hire was making clear to its supplier that sustainability was a part of the
selection process, he added. “In a two horse race, where [suppliers] were neck
and neck, but one had a greater sustainability policy, then that’s going to
make it. We want to be dealing with companies that are going to be here in 50
years. Not here today, make a buck tomorrow and gone the day after.”