RIBA South West (Bath) - Ethics in architecture: best practice for sourcing materials, products and people
2pm - 4:30pm
This seminar will provide you with an awareness of the tangible threats faced by you and your clients, and mechanisms that have been developed in order to address those threats. Irrespective of the size of your organisation, you will be equipped to understand strategies and tools you may develop yourself, take pragmatic measures, and provide informed support to your clients.
The 21st Century presents a number of unprecedented and interrelated global challenges. Population growth, climate change, resource depletion, including energy and water, and food security are no longer the sole concern of governments or fragile communities. Instead, corporates now recognize that what were once viewed as inconsequential ‘externalities’ increasingly represent a clear threat to their current and future viability, particularly where those businesses operate extended and complex supply chains. These threats are no longer restricted solely to concerns of ‘reputational damage’, but are beginning to impact already narrow margins and challenge operational effectiveness. In addition, national and international bodies are introducing legislative burdens that require increasingly sophisticated responses from both national and international corporations.
Seminar sessions will be structured as follows:
The size of the challenge: case studies from such client sectors as retail, construction, and public procurement that highlight the reality of human rights issues in supply chains
The business rationale for ethical sourcing: legislative developments, the role and effectiveness of activist organisations, the commercial cost of poor governance, and its application to architects and their clients
Structure for success: implementing management systems, effective stakeholder engagement, collating and analysing appropriate data, root cause analysis, and pragmatic interventions
Chris McCann, Resilient WorldChris has over twenty years’ experience in developing, implementing and managing responsible sourcing programmes for Fortune 500 companies across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is currently a member of the UK Construction Industry Coalition for Ethical Sourcing, and special adviser to the Welsh government. One of a team who developed the GSCP, he has worked with the United Nations and UK government. Chris was appointed to the UK Ministry of Justice Human Rights steering committee, the Board of the UK Gangmasters Licencing Authority by the UK’s Minister for DEFRA, and the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Business and Human Rights group. A Fellow of the RSA and Nuffield Scholar, his PhD thesis focuses on supply chain resilience.
Jacqueline Glass, Loughborough University Professor Jacqueline Glass is Chair in Architecture and Sustainable Construction, in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University. Her work spans responsible sourcing, life-cycle assessment, sustainability standards, organisational values and resource efficiency, within the construction sector. Jacqui has been a member of several BSI committees relating to organisational sustainability, circular economy and materials. Jacqui is the founder of APRES, the responsible and ethical sourcing community and is now Chair of the BSI Committee SDS/3 Sustainable Consumption and Production, and a member of the Editorial Board of the CIOB’s Construction Manager magazine.
Core Curriculum topics:1. Architecture for social purpose2. Health, safety and well being3. Design, constructions and technology
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