Responsible Sourcing is defined in BS8902 - Responsible sourcing sector certification program for construction products - Specification as: 'The management of sustainable development in the provision of procurement of a produt.' Sustainable development is further defined as: 'An enduring, balanced approach to economic activity, evironmental responsibility and social progress.'
BES 6001 'Excellent' rating, improves our overall social and environmental performance, as well as adding third party accreditation to our own responsible sourcing claims. 'Excellent' is the top rating a company can achieve and puts us among the most sustainability led companies in the industry. Furthermore, we scored the highest score to date, therefore becoming the best of the best.
The BES 6001 standard, from BRE Global, is a means of securing certification to demonstrate through independent, third-party certification, that products certified against the program have been responsibly sourced. BES 6001 does not focus on a company’s site, but products or ranges manufactured at one or more sites.
The BES 6001 framework standard for Responsible Sourcing sets out requirements under three main headings: Organizational Management; Supply Chain Management and Environmental and Social Responsibility Management.
To meet the standard, organizations must satisfy certain compulsory elements. In addition, there are higher levels of compliance that can result in a higher performance rating being awarded. This is a significant milestone for Polyflor and the culmination of both hard work and more importantly having a company wide effective and efficient environmental platform to operate from.
BES 6001 is an important standard and it will be extremely valuable to customers looking to procure flooring with sound environmental credentials and traceability, from socially aware and ethical suppliers. Furthermore, the use of Polyflor products with BES 6001 certification can potentially contribute significantly to the available points in Materials section MAT 03 (Responsible Sourcing for Materials) of a BREEAM Assessment.