Launching the FM Supply Chain Sustainability School

Launching the FM Supply Chain Sustainability School

This week sees the launch of the FM Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS), which provides online eLearning material to help companies of all sizes develop their capability to operate sustainably. Interserve is amongst the founding members of the FM School which builds on the success of the Construction School launched in 2012.

What is the Supply Chain Sustainability School?

The School is managed and delivered by Action Sustainability on behalf of the funding partners and the resources are free to use. The School is a great example of competitor companies working together to improve industry sustainability standards. 24 of the UK’s top construction contractors, FM service providers, clients and suppliers are now partners to the School and are recommending the School as the ‘go to’ sustainability resource for their supply chains.

In addition to the eLearning material there is an online self assessment tool which allows users to assess the level of competence and knowledge that their company has. A recommendation as to which eLearning module(s) to take is made by the system based on this assessment. The School also organises supplier days which provide an opportunity to learn about what the School is, the benefits of participating, and what the future challenges are for the sector. Supplier days also offer networking opportunities with existing and future clients, as well as with other like-minded suppliers.

The material is suitable for those who are new to sustainability, but (based on experience of those who contributed to the material), even if you are a sustainability expert you are likely to find something new!

Access the FM Supply Chain School: http://www.supplychainschool.co.uk/uk/fm/

Supporting sustainable sourcing

Many of Interserve’s SustainAbilities goals are dependent on the supply chain, and the School will help us in our continuing search for sustainable sourcing.

Within Interserve Support Services we will be encouraging our suppliers to use the free material. Links to the material will be included in our new online vendor accreditation system (VAMS), which went live on 5 January. All new vendors will need to use VAMS. Our existing vendors are being asked to update their details on the system and will be made aware of the School. The material is suitable for both large and small companies.

Supporting the supply chain

There are over 7,000 members of the Construction School, and several hundred of the suppliers to Interserve Construction are members. The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply named the School Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility in 2013. We are hoping that the FM School will prove as successful as the Construction School.

The FM School

will be officially launched on 28 January at the Natural History Museum in London. Many of Interserve’s suppliers and some clients will be present. The key note speech at the launch will be made by Will Butler-Adams OBE, Commissioner, UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

http://www.supplychainschool.co.uk/about/default.aspx

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Dan Firth

Dan Firth is the Sustainable Procurement Manager for Interserve Support Services and facilitates the cross-divisional Sustainable Procurement Working Group. He has wide experience of implementing sustainable procurement in both the public and private sectors, and running a social enterprise.

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