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Lafarge Recognised as Responsible Sourcer

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Not Content with leading the way in innovative concrete mixes and providing the best customer service, Lafarge Readymix, the concrete producer with an enviable reputation for high-quality products and services has been recognised has a supplier of responsibly sourced materials.
Achieving a ‘Very Good’ from BRE Global, the company has been awarded a BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate for all its production sites and products, including industry-leading innovative brands such as the self-compacting concrete and screed range Agilia™ and the low-shrink steel alternative Extensia™.
The independent third-party certification scheme assesses responsible sourcing policies and practices throughout the supply chain; measuring the social, economic and environmental impacts of construction products over their whole life, from raw state, through manufacture and processing, through use, reuse and recycling, until its final disposal as waste.
To meet the schemes strict criteria Lafarge Readymix had to demonstrate compliance within three categories; organisational management; supply chain management and environmental and social issues. The company’s product suite was also assessed, including stringent quality checks, assessment of environmental and health & safety management systems along with other criteria such as global warming emissions; raw material usage minimisation and biodiversity.
Readymix Managing Director Jeremy Greenwood said “This accreditation is very important to Lafarge; it reflects our commitment to operating a sustainable business and gives our customers and stakeholders’ confidence that the materials and products we supply are responsibly sourced.”
Following accreditation Lafarge Readymix products will gain responsible sourcing credits in BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes. Helping to promote responsible sourcing to a wider audience, the accreditation gives clear guidance on the sustainability aspects that should be addressed and offers a new approach to managing the life cycle of construction materials.
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