Ensuring our materials are responsible sourced
Our supply chain is critical to our goal to be a responsible business. We have over 25,000 suppliers from 40 countries.
Our key challenge is the size and breadth of our supply chain - with 36 businesses and a mix of local, national and international suppliers and an annual spend of more than £2bn.
Having transparency of our supply is ever more important. We have recently implemented a new approach to discovering and addressing potential hotspots in our supply chain that requires further exploration and investigation. This new approach identified two areas where we have recently focussed: Bulk Bags for heavy building materials and Mika (a quarried or mined mineral that is a raw ingredient in our Gypsum activities). We assess and audit our suppliers and, if needed work with them to improve performance, in terms of their health and safety, employment conditions and staff welfare.
Six of our businesses are certified under the Building Research Establishment [BRE’s] 50001 standard for responsible sourced products. As a large supplier of timber we aim for 100% of timber sourced from recognised responsible sourcing schemes such as FSC or PEFC.
Modern Slavery and the responsibility of our supply chain is an increasingly important area for us, and our stakeholders. We published our Modern Slavery Statement on our website and particularly focussed on three areas: our industry, internal training and high risk areas.
We work with the charity Stronger Together whose aim is to reduce modern slavery, particularly hidden forced labour, labour trafficking and other hidden third party exploitation of workers. We support the industry by helping Stronger Together to develop tools, resources, best practices and training aids for businesses in the sector to understand the risks of modern slavery and how to work to understand and address supply chain risks.
Creating local social value
We continue to invest in supporting small local construction businesses and entrepreneurs via our Entrepreneurship Foundation launched in 2015. We have evolved the Foundation to include a new partnership with the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs [IOEE], to combine with our partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board to develop the programme for the Foundation. Those who join our Foundation, which is free to join and fully funded by Saint-Gobain now receive a years accredited business training and a Professional Diploma in Managing a Small Business from the IOEE.
Our aim is to support 150 SME’s by 2020. To date we have supported 47 small entrepreneurial businesses.