BES 6001 provides a common benchmark for all construction
products to demonstrate their responsible sourcing credentials. The
full listing of products certified to BES 6001 is available at
The concrete industry was the first industry to link its
sustainable construction strategy to
BES 6001 and has produced the publication
'Specifying Sustainable Concrete' to support the implementation
of the standard.
|| % BES 6001 Certified
*To Eco-reinforcement BES 6001 based scheme
Percentage of production certified to BES 6001
responsible sourcing standard
The demand for evidence of the responsible sourcing of building
products and materials is ever increasing, particularly in the wake
of the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) announcement in 2012 of their
commitment to give preference to procuring products that are able
to demonstrate compliance with a recognised
responsible sourcing scheme, certified by a third party.
Our indicator reports the proportion of concrete production that is
currently certified to BES 6001. 89% of all concrete in 2012 was
certified to BES 6001 and of the production tonnage certified, 99%
has achieved ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ performance rating.
The 89% achieved is a reduction from the 92% achieved in 2011 and
this is due to some rationalisation of production. The industry is
also encouraging more companies to join the strategy, to achieve
long-term improvement in the industry, the short term impact is
that many of these smaller companies are yet to complete the
No target was set in 2008 as BES 6001 had not been published when
the strategy was launched; our 2020 target is for 95%
Further information on the responsible sourcing indicator can be
found in the full report.
For responsibly sourced case studies see
This is Concrete