Sustainable Procurement

We will become BES 6001 Complaint by 2023

Why is this important?

Responsible sourcing is becoming increasingly important when procuring materials for construction. Standards such as BES 6001 (responsible sourcing of construction products) are increasingly specified on major projects. The BRE developed the BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing. It is an independent stakeholder-supported, third-party scheme that enables manufacturers to have the responsible sourcing credentials of a wide range of materials assessed and certificated.

Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products provides a holistic approach to managing a product from the point at which component materials are mined or harvested, through manufacture and processing.

Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products is demonstrated through an ethos of supply chain management and product stewardship and encompasses social, economic, and environmental dimensions.

Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products addresses aspects such as stakeholder engagement, labour practices, and the management of supply chains serving materials sectors upstream of the manufacturer.

Achieving BES 6001 is key to us

Achieving BES 6001 certification is a priority for SMET

How will we achieve this?

Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing

BES 6001 – The Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing – see the Green Book Live Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products page to access the standard and related information.

The standard sets out requirements under 3 main headings:

  • Organisational management
  • Supply chain management
  • Environmental and social issues

BES 6001 Certification gives manufacturers the opportunity to:

  • Differentiate their products against competitors
  • Demonstrate corporate reputation and leadership
  • Benchmark their manufacturing performance and facilitate continuous improvement through certification

And specifiers and purchasers the benefit of:

  • Securing additional BREEAM credits for their buildings
  • Reducing risk down the supply chain
  • Demonstrating corporate reputation and leadership.

Read how our two main German suppliers are doing in their commitments to the environment and sustainability:

Sustainability is very important to CASEA and we implement it at all levels – from the supply of raw materials and logistics to production and recycling. Our regional focus on quarries in different parts of Germany also contributes to sustainability because it avoids unnecessary climate-damaging transport routes.   Read More: https://www.casea-gips.de/en/profile/sustainability/

 

 

Sustainability: with low-emission products and health-promoting, eco-friendly projects. Sopro Bauchemie honours its responsibility to nature, the environment, and future generations.

Read More: https://www.sopro.com/uk-en/sopro/sustainability/

ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System

We recognise as a supplier of superior quality building products and services; we must ensure our operations are carried out to the highest of standards of corporate responsibility including legal and regulatory requirements.

In order to achieve this, since 2014 we have operated a BSI-registered ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System. This management system underpins our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our day-to-day activities.

SMET is BSI ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015 and ISO 45001:2018 registered

SMET is BSI ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015, and ISO 45001:2018 registered

ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that outlines how to put an effective environmental management system in place. Within its framework, we can remain commercially successful without overlooking environmental responsibilities.

Our Commitment – Environmental Policy Statement

ISO 14001 Certificate – Smet Building Products Ltd

We realise that we can only remain successful if our activities and products reflect the environmental attitudes of society. Environmental issues and society’s values are considered in the future development and planning of the company. To this end we will:

♻ Conduct our operations in such a way as to have a minimum adverse impact on the environment.

♻ Strive to purchase materials that can be used and disposed of responsibly.

♻ Promote the use of materials that can be recycled where possible, and which can be used in an energy-efficient way.

♻ Minimise waste in our operations by following the principles contained within the Hierarchy of Waste.

♻ Ensure responsible and ethical disposal of any waste products to avoid and prevent pollution in accordance with relevant legislation

♻ Plan to conserve energy through the efficient use of our equipment, vehicles, and office facilities.

♻ Favour suppliers who are committed to sustainable environmental improvement.

♻ Train our employees in environmental issues relating to their day-to-day work and encourage them to care for our community.

♻ Encourage our employees to make suggestions on how our environmental performance can be improved.

♻ Continually strive to improve our environmental performance.

♻ Comply with all applicable legislation and any other requirements that relate to our environmental aspects.

 

 Joris Smet, Managing Director of Smet Building Products Ltd says, “We’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment, and having an internationally recognised standard will allow us to not only control our environmental impact and comply with the relevant legal requirements but also help our customers do the same.  By influencing our employees and customers we can ensure best practices in envirnomental impacts and continually improve our operating systems and procedures”.  

 

SMET Memberships

SMET is a Member of many organisations that have sustainability in the built-environment at their core.

SMET is a member of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products

The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP), is a non-profit sustainability organisation that seeks to lead the transformation to a healthy low carbon-built environment by championing the understanding and use of demonstrably sustainable building products. We’re also so delighted to be included in the new ASBP Members’ list of published EPDs. This database showcases a curated selection of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for ASBP members’ building products.

ASBP_ SMET has been a member since 2015

ASBP_ SMET has been a member since 2015

SMET is a member of the IGBC 

The Irish Green Building Council – IGBC, is a non-profit organisation that was launched in 2011 with organisations and businesses from across the value chain of the built environment. These include architects, engineerscontractors, universities, professional institutes, NGOs, local authorities, energy companies, and leading national and transnational companies. All are united in one common goal to accelerate the transformation of the built environment to one that is sustainable through leadership, research, education, and providing policy input to national and local government.

SMET is a member of the IGBC since 2019

 

SMET is a member of The AECB

 

The Association for Environment Conscious Building is a network of individuals, students, educational establishments, and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. SMET has been a member since 2014.

 

SMET can also be found listed in the Passive House Plus members directory Marketplace Plus

Passive House plus

Passive House Plus – SMET Directory

We are current members of the following:

IBGC Membership with a wide range of EPDs available 

AECB Membership – published online

ASBP Membership Certificate Smet Building Products Ltd

Passive House Marketplace+ Membership – directory published

Cancer Research UK fund raiser

Community

“The local Newry community in which our staff and families live are the bedrock of our society, and the work done by our voluntary, community groups and charities in our local community makes key differences to people’s lives by enhancing emotional health and well-being.  Supporting local charities, clubs and their causes is very important to SMET. 

We have dilligently supported a wide variety of causes over the years to a budget of approx. £1,750 per year”.

Joris Smet, Managing Director SMET

Autism Families Annual Raffle, Woodland Trust Mourne Park Appeal, Newry Olympic Hockey Club Men’s 1sts, and Newry Olympic Hockey Club Ladies 1sts, Newry High School Cookery Club, Rathore Special School Translink Bus Pull, Action Cancer Research Coffee Morning, Santa Run Autism Mums, Mayobridge GAA, Windsor Hill Primary School Coding Club, Glen John Martin GAA Strictly Come Dancing and Glen John Martin GAA New Pitch Development, Damolly Football Club under 9s, and Damolly Football Club under 12s, NI Deaf Karting Club, Down GAA A night at the Dogs, NI Cancer Fund for Children via Bog Run, Newry City FC.