Responsible Sourcing


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.


Material Sector   % BES 6001 Certified
Aggregates  73.8%
Cement 100%
BAR Mills* 86.2%
BAR Fabricators* 94.5%

*To Eco-reinforcement BES 6001 based scheme

Performance indicator

Percentage of production certified to BES 6001 responsible sourcing standard


Responsible sourcing performance indicator









The demand for evidence of the responsible sourcing of building products and materials is ever increasing with the need to demonstrate compliance with a recognised responsible sourcing scheme, certified by a third party. Our indicator shows the proportion of concrete production that is currently certified to

BES 6001.


In 2014, an update to BES 6001 increased the requirements for certification. During 2014 certification of concrete products to BES 6001 was at 89% of the concrete tonnage produced. Of this certified production 87.5% achieved ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ rating.


The 2020 target is 95% and the aspiration of the concrete industry is to achieve 100%. The cement and GGBS sectors have already  achieved 100% certification.


These indicators are part of the Materials section of the report and 2020 Commitments. An update on our Materials 2020 Commitments.


For responsibly sourced case studies see This is Concrete