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  93.5%
Cement 100%
BAR Mills* 88.1%
BAR Fabricators* 98.8%

*To Eco-reinforcement BES 6001 based scheme

Performance indicator

Percentage of production certified to BES 6001 responsible sourcing standard


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The demand for evidence of the responsible sourcing of building products and materials is ever increasing together with the need to demonstrate compliance through a recognised responsible sourcing scheme, certified by a third party. Our indicator reports the proportion of concrete production that is certified to BES 6001.

During 2013, certification of concrete products to BES 6001 increased by 2% from 2012 to 91% of the concrete tonnage produced. Of this certified product 85% achieved a performance rating of ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’.


The 2020 target is 95% and some sectors have already exceeded this in 2013, with 100% of UK cement certified to BES 6001.


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