Cement manufacturer, Lafarge has received the BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate developed by BRE Global. It is the first UK cement producer to receive the accolade.
The BES 6001 framework standard is an independent certification scheme, launched at the start of 2009 to assess responsible sourcing policies and practices throughout the construction product supply chain. The universal rating system enables architects, specifiers and builders to more easily meet sustainability targets and move towards zero carbon buildings.
The ‘Very Good’ classification applies to all bulk and packed cements from Lafarge Cement as well as its packed ready-to-use range. It has also achieved ‘Good’ classification for its bulk loads of BS EN450-1 Fly Ash meaning that products supplied to ready mix, precast or packed customers are now responsibly sourced.
To meet the scheme’s strict criteria, Lafarge Cement had to demonstrate compliance in three categories: organisational management, supply chain management and environmental and social issues. Products were assessed under a range of criteria relating to quality, emissions, raw material minimisation, biodiversity and supporting management systems.
Lafarge Cement’s recognition is the latest in a series of major investments made by the business to help customers strengthen their sustainability credentials. As well as demonstrating Lafarge’s strong ethics as a global supplier, it enables concrete producers and builders using cement products to improve their own sustainability rating.