Sustainability win-win: ‘Future of Procurement’ in The Times

New writing…. Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on the Future of Procurement.

Reconciling best-value procurement and sustainability need not be a problem, since the two carry the promise of a real win-win.  The potential synergy is clear, at least in principle. In practice, however, is where the challenge starts. Exploring how best to track and target supply-chain performance, my article takes us beyond the old backside-covering box-ticking and bare-minimum compliance of yesteryear, into the brave new world of holistic and proactive procurement, that is smart, balanced and sustainable. It is not easy, especially in an industry like construction, notorious for its aggressive contracting model and adversarial business culture. However, times are changing and so too is the sector, albeit slowly. The future of procurement will be different, and better:

‘How sustainability can build value in construction’.

The full 20-page Future of Procurement report is available to view/download here.

Ethics & Fast Fashion: ‘Supply Chain Strategies’ in The Times

New writing… Pleased to say I have had another piece published in The Times newspaper today, as part of a special report on Supply Chain Strategies by Raconteur. It looks at the reasons why, despite numerous and worthy initiatives, keeping track of ethical standards in fashion supply chains is still such a challenge:

‘Slow progress in fast fashion’.

There is also a case study (please scroll down): ‘Plight of supply chain refugees’.

The full 16-page Supply Chain Strategies report is available to view/download here.

Hacked: Manifesto for Ethical Sourcing in Construction

10 Pledges to Align Industry Values with Business Ethics & Human Rights 

Manifesto Cover1 Bribery & Corruption; 2 Labour & Workers’ Rights; 3. Sustainable Development; 4. Traceability & Transparency; 5. Health, Safety & Wellbeing; 6. Legality of Materials; 7. Complex/Manufactured Products; 8. Circular Economy; 9. Certification & Accreditation; plus 10. Openness & Communication.

Tuesday 24 Nov saw the launch of the Manifesto for Ethical Sourcing in Construction, co-created in one of the first-ever industry applications of a ‘Hackathon’.
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Construction and cities: Inclusivity, collaboration and ethics

More of my journalism and blogging pieces have been published in the last few weeks and I have provided a brief update menu of articles below, with links to original copy.

Constructing an Industry for the 21st CenturyIMG_1161

Summary: The construction industry is replenishing the UK’s housing stock, building new infrastructure and helping restore the economy, but challenges remain if it is to attract and retain a forward-looking workforce, with inclusivity and collaboration watchwords for the future.
Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’ (14 Jun, 2015)

Supply Chain Collaboration is a Must-HaveIMG_1162

Summary: Improved management and performance of supply chains are central to the growth and prosperity of the UK construction sector in a period of expansion, with ethical sourcing an emerging trend.
Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’ (14 Jun, 2015)

Dare to Dream…IMG_1050

Summary: Envisioning cities of tomorrow, what if people were invited almost to forget the parameters of the present and really use their imagination? What would their ‘dreamscapes’ tell us about expectations for future urban lifestyles?

Published on: ‘Illuminated Minds’, for GE Lighting (5 May, 2015)