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11 July 2013 | Andrew Allen
The school, which was founded last year by Skanska, was set up last year to provide free training and supporting literature to help suppliers, particularly SMEs, to tackle topics such as carbon emissions and water use. Other construction companies backing the initiative include Sir Robert McAlpine and Morgan Sindall. The school is operated by Responsible Solutions and Action Sustainability.
Tom Robinson, Carillion's chief sustainability officer, said the school was “an ideal platform for us to support our supply chain sub-contractors, to demonstrate the strength of our commitment to them and to drive forward the critical role sustainability has to play in our collective future”.
The school holds practical workshops across the country for suppliers, provides virtual learning, advice and self-assessment forms. It will also harness collaborative working through groups and pages on social media sites. So far it has attracted more than 2,500 members from 1,200 supplier organisations.