BE Group exports initiative to Australia

An initiative operated by a BE Group company, to promote sustainability in construction has proved so successful it is now being exported to Australia

An initiative operated by a BE Group company, to promote sustainability in construction has proved so successful it is now being exported to Australia.

Supply Chain Sustainability School was set up 18 months ago as a virtual learning environment, to allow firms in the construction industry to develop their knowledge and skills in sustainability.

The target was for 800 companies to join in the first year but, so far over 3,800 members from more than 1,850 companies have signed up and these include 14 out of the UK’s top 20 construction contractors.

It has proved such a success in the UK that it is now being rolled out in Australia, where it is to be launched on June 1, and there is scope for it to be exported around the world.

In the UK it is operated by Action Sustainability, part of the Seaham-based business services provider BE Group.

Director Ian Heptonstall said: “In addition to Australia, we have serious interest from Malaysia, Canada, Sweden and the Middle East.

“We plan to see how we can replicate it in the Australian market and then roll it out to as many countries as we can to internationalise this award-winning platform.’’

The Supply Chain Sustainability School works through e-learning modules, webinars, interviews, workshops, tools and best practice case studies. These allow companies to self-assess their current knowledge, develop an action plan and access free training and support.

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