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Supply Chain Sustainability School continues to positively impact UK built environment

The Supply Chain Sustainability School, a multi-award-winning initiative which represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within supply chains, has released its Impact Report, which surveyed over one thousand of its members across the country, to get their thoughts on what is important to their organisation and supply chain.

The report also offers insights on how the School has continued to positively impact organisations and supply chains, reinforcing the School’s mission to be the world-class collaboration enabling a sustainable built environment.

With nearly forty thousand registered users, the School provides free practical learning and support for the UK built environment, through: sustainability training, networking, e-learning modules, tailored assessments and online resources.

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating socially and economically in many ways; however the UK’s built environment industry, after an initial closure of sites, has largely been encouraged to continue working and sustainability has sharply risen on the agenda.

Covid-19 forced the Supply Chain Sustainability School to move all learning online, resulting in a year-on-year increase of 269 per cent of members partaking in free training sessions; +101 per cent utlising learning resources and +84 per cent downloading e-learning.

Organisations are becoming more environmentally conscious, with many more concerned about how to embed sustainability into their business practices. The School has been identified as being a powerful tool to help them do this. Over two thirds of members (68 per cent) stated that the School enabled them to embed sustainability into their business processes and monitor and report on sustainability impacts (59 per cent).

Furthermore, three in four members (76 per cent) reported that by engaging with the School, they gained a better understanding of their organisations’ sustainability impacts. Two thirds (63 per cent) confirmed they had reduced their carbon emissions and half reduced their waste (57 per cent). In addition, 44 per cent improved their air quality and 37 per cent reduced their water consumption year on year.

Findings from the report also show that the School helped organisations be more collaborative, with 58 per cent confirming they developed a better relationship with their suppliers.

The School is part-funded by CITB and industry Partners, with the direction of the School being led by over 121 Partners – working in collaboration, they share knowledge and free resources to inspire the UK built environment to drive positive change.

Shaun McCarthy OBE, Chair of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, said: “2020 has been a year like no other. In addition to needing to convert all our 250+ training sessions to virtual delivery almost overnight, we faced a financial future that was far from certain. I would like to thank our amazing team for pulling us through and to our loyal Partners who continue to support the School in growing numbers, helping to mitigate the financial shock from the temporary suspension of CITB funding. The School has emerged stronger from the crisis and we look forward to supporting the industry towards a sustainable future.”

Richard Bayliss, Sustainability and Innovation Policy Lead at CITB, said: “The School has turned the pandemic crisis into an opportunity to transform its service, far surpassing expectations and targets as a result. The dramatic increase in the numbers of learners also underlines industry’s increasing commitment to sustainability issues as we start to take bold steps towards Net Zero. Together we will continue to support the use of flexible learning resources that embed sustainability in work practice, deliver the skills needs of the future and underpin the transition to Net Zero.”

To view the Impact Report click here.

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