CARES releases its annual sustainability report


CARES has released its Sustainable Constructional Steel Scheme Sector Report 2014/15. It demonstrates how a CARES-approved supply chain for constructional steel can help reduce business risk and provide top-line benefits.

The report lists the 30 companies from 10 countries who are currently CARES-approved suppliers within the Sustainable Constructional Steel (SCS) scheme. It also describes the benefits of being a CARES-approved supplier.

ArcelorMittal Kent Wire’s CEO, Phil Taylor says: “We pioneer technical products, new features such as QR coding, instant lifting equipment certification data, online order tracking, and new ways of going to market. The CARES sustainability scheme is a resounding advantage in this work, enhancing what we offer and giving customers an unassailable confidence in us”.

The report also includes a mini procurement guide for users that want to specify the scheme, and describes the benefits of the scheme from the perspective of contractors.

Jamila El Mir, Environment and Sustainability Senior Consultant at Arup, says: “CARES has set the bar high by developing a detailed environmental product declaration for a key construction material, and has done so while bringing the key stakeholders of the industry together at the same table.”

The CARES Sustainable Constructional Steel (SCS) scheme is the only responsible sourcing scheme in the UK that is independently accredited by UKAS to the rigorous requirements of BS 8902:2009 - Responsible sourcing sector certification schemes for construction products.

The key features and benefits of the scheme are:

  • Raw materials are fully traceable to their supplier.
  • All approved companies have ISO 14001 environmental management system and ISO 9001 quality management system certificates.
  • Independently verified environmental product declaration (EPD to EN 15804) or validated carbon footprint data.
  • Quality assured product to BS 4449, BS 4482, BS 4483 and BS 8666.
  • Meets the requirements of the UK government’s Procurement Policy Note – Procuring steel in major projects.