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Sustainable Timber

Sustainable timber - our commitment

In line with our responsible sourcing approach, Laing O’Rourke commits to purchasing sustainably-certified timber and timber-products, including office paper, accredited by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) or equivalent schemes. This ensures we operate above the minimum standards for timber procurement required by the EUTR (European Union Timber Regulation 2013). Our commitment is underpinned by our Global Code of Conduct.

Engaging our supply chain to ensure compliance

The role our suppliers play in supporting sustainability is central to our standing in the marketplace.

  • Our requirements for all suppliers, and their sub-contract supply chain to procure FSC or PEFC approved timber and timber products is communicated throughout the tender process.
  • Our standard supply contract documentation, our onboarding process and our scope of works all highlight our requirements and;
  • Our ISO14001-certified Environmental Management System includes a process for checking the validity of certification with each delivery.

As a long-standing partner and gold-level member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, Laing O’Rourke proactively and positively engages with its loyal and valued supply chain on industry-wide issues, including responsible sourcing, and promotes access to the School’s sustainable timber (and other) training materials. 78 per cent of our strategic suppliers are members of the school which means that the free training and knowledge-sharing available to all partners supports the need to upskill and create a more sustainable industry, that is better informed and able to meet the economic, social and environmental challenges of our rapidly changing world.

Performance information

  • We have had no reported breaches of our timber supply policy* and our FSC/PEFC timber procurement is in the range of 95% to 100%.
  • Where it is required, our projects can demonstrate our robust approach through achievement of FSC-project level certification. Westgate Oxford (Dec 2017) and Clarges are two recent projects where we were required to achieve such certification.

*since the beginning of 2017