The Green Procurement Code is a membership service for organisations committed to reducing their environmental impact through responsible purchasing. To be certified, the Group went through two stages of assessment, providing evidence of its commitment to green procurement practices by way of its environmental measures and preferences for products that reduce its CO2e emissions, energy use, waste to landfill and natural resource use.
The Green Procurement Code has three certification standards – bronze, silver and gold, the highest award. By securing gold standard, the company becomes the first business in the construction industry to have achieved the award in 2013, and one of five companies overall to date this year. It is currently working on a number of projects in London, including the Pure Hammersmith student accommodation on the site of the Hammersmith Palais, the redevelopment of Carmelite House and an office development on Chancery Lane.
Graham Edgell, group director of Sustainability and Procurement at Morgan Sindall Group plc, said: "Sustainable procurement is an important part of demonstrating how serious we are about being a commercially sustainable business. The Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code is one of the few schemes that recognise commitment to sustainable procurement, and it challenges us to identify our strengths and weaknesses in this area. We are delighted to have been recognised for our work in this area with the gold standard award, which provides a focal point for our staff, customers and supply chain to see where we are as a business."
The Green Procurement Code is delivered by LRS Consultancy. Since its launch in 2001, members have spent over £855 million on recycled products, diverted 2.7 million tonnes of waste from landfill and saved 573,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions.