Supply chain sustainability school

In May 2015, United Utilities became a partner in the Supply Chain Sustainability School, and the Offsite Management School, as art of our ongoing sustainable supply chain strategy.

The schools are free at the point of use, providing self-assessments, tailored action plans, training and seminars focused on improving sustainability and offsite construction capabilities.

On 20th October 2015, over 150 supplier representatives joined United Utilities, Laing O’Rourke, Aggregate Industries and Emcor at the Langtree Park Stadium in a joint event to promote the Supply Chain Sustainability School and the Offsite School.

The morning focussed on sustainability, its importance across the value chain and how it could be improved through exploiting more offsite construction approaches. The school built upon this link and highlighted how the schools raise awareness, educate and collaborate to help further develop sustainability in the supply chain.

Key speakers included:
Chris Mathews – Head of Sustainability at United Utilities
Kieran Brocklebank – Head of Innovation at United Utilities
Eddy Taylor -Head of Sustainability, Laing O'Rourke
Gerard Cantwell - Director of Procurement, Aggregate Industries
Keith Chanter - Chief Executive, EMCOR
Paul Thompson, Marketing Manager – Municipal Castings, Saint-Gobain PAM UK

In the afternoon, delegates used case studies to explore specific challenges and potential innovation ideas linked to sustainability and offsite construction.

Vox Pops of some of the speakers and key attendees are available to view on the right of this page.

The day proved to be a great success, not just as a large collaborative event, but also the practical feedback and network that the event enabled.

Over 70 of our suppliers are already taking advantage of the schools, and we encourage all of our suppliers to join, complete the self-assessment and take advantage of the free resources such as seminars.

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