Chris Harrop, group marketing director of building materials manufacturer Marshalls has been named Green Guru Manufacturer by Building magazine.
The Green Guru Awards celebrated the green achievements of leaders in the construction industry.
The driving force behind Marshalls’ sustainability agenda, Harrop was nominated by readers and won the Green Guru Manufacturer award by public vote. He said: “It’s great to see sustainability awards in the mainstream, recognising the environmental and social achievements of the building industry as a whole. For me, it’s a great honour especially because this has been voted for by the public.”
Under Harrop’s direction, Marshalls has carbon labelled over 2,000 domestic and commercial paving products with the Carbon Trust’s official scheme and achieved Wildlife Trust biodiversity benchmarks for two sites.
Since becoming the first company in the hard landscaping industry to belong to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), Marshalls has been working in India to raise awareness of child labour issues in quarries and putting in place award-winning ethical supply chain management programmes. Last month, Marshalls demonstrated its continuing sustainability leadership by launching Fairstone, the UK’s first fairly traded Indian sandstone.