Balfour Beatty signs up 1,000th member of Supply Chain Sustainability School

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
25 October 2014

Balfour Beatty has recruited its 1,000th member of the award-winning Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS).

The school, which supports construction suppliers through online training to develop their sustainability knowledge, said the achievement “set a great example to the industry”.

Balfour Beatty, which has announced it aims to spend £1 billion with SMEs in 2014, said the school had helped it cut its carbon emissions by 40 per cent since 2010.

Martin Chown, director of procurement and supply chain for Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business, said: “We are committed to working with our supply chain partners to deliver improved sustainability outcomes for our customers.

“Having one thousand supply chain partners committing to upskilling themselves as part of the SCSS really demonstrates the success of our partnership with them to meeting the sustainability challenges facing us all.”

Balfour Beatty’s 1,000th member is Lyndon Scaffolding, whose CEO Rob Lynch said: “We joined the SCSS because we wish to continue to develop and remain at the forefront within our industry.”

The school, formed in 2012, now includes 17 major contractors and has more than 6,000 members. It won the overall prize in the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2013.

Shaun McCarthy, chairman of the SCSS, said: “Balfour Beatty's drive to engage their supply chain in the school sets a great example to the industry.”

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