In its latest initiative to enhance the environmental aspect of its work, tile adhesive, grout and preparation products manufacturer Norcros Adhesives has joined the Supply Chain Sustainability School.
Launched in 2012, the Sustainability School is an initiative designed to promote sustainability in construction supply chains. The School has more than 14,000 members and it provides free practical support in the form of e-learning modules, tailored self-assessment and action plans, sustainability training and networking.
With a raft of environmental credentials to its name, Norcros Adhesives has a lot to contribute. In 2016 the company won The Tile Association Gold Award for Best Environmental Initiative. This was in recognition of the many measures the company has put in place over the last two years to improve the environmental management of its operations. This includes its business management and the environmental impact of its individual products. In 2015 the company achieved ISO 14001 accreditation for its work to reduce waste and improve resource efficiency.
It also launched its most environmentally friendly product yet – Norcros Pro 30 Fast Track Eco Levelling Compound, which incorporates recycled crushed glass, rather than quarried sand to promote recycling, rather than depletion of natural resources.
The UK Construction Strategy 2025 forms the background to the Supply Chain Sustainability School. This sets out clear ambitions for the construction industry – including 50 per cent less CO² and a 50 per cent improvement on speed of job completion with 33 per cent less cost. It is acknowledged these are challenging targets, which the School is committed to help achieve, in partnership with business leaders and managers who are prepared to adapt their businesses to meet these challenges.
An independent third party, Action Sustainability, delivers the work of the School and all partners sign up to a Code of Ethics. Over a period of time, the School aims to drive up awareness and understanding of sustainability issues in the supply chain nationally.
Mandy Searle, head of technical services at Norcros Adhesives says:
“We are delighted to be part of this essential work, and I am delighted to report that we have already achieved Silver Membership status. Everyone in the company believes that this is a very important aspect of our business which we have been working on for a number of years. If we are able to pass some of our knowledge and experience on to others in the industry, and also benefit from the knowledge of other suppliers, then membership will be highly worthwhile for us.”