“Kawneer is the first aluminium company in the world to achieve certification to the BRE BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing. The successful audit by BSI and listing on GreenBookLive means that customers of Kawneer can now have even more confidence with the aluminium products sourced from Kawneer. BES 6001 is recognised in the leading sustainability rating schemes for buildings (BREEAM) and Infrastructure (CEEQUAL) which will give designers more reasons to specify Kawneer products”.
- Dr Shamir Ghumra; Director, Centre for Sustainable Products, BRE
Please watch our video below featuring an interview with Dr Ghumra.
What is BES 6001?
BES 6001 is the framework standard for responsible sourcing. It sets out requirements under three main headings:
- Organisational management
- Supply chain management
- Environmental and social issues
To meet the BES 6001 standard, organisations must satisfy certain compulsory elements which then secures the basic Pass level of certification. In addition, there are higher levels of compliance that can result in a higher performance rating being awarded (Good, Very Good and Excellent).
This standard will also provide a route to obtaining credits under the BREEAM family of certification schemes. BREEAM helps measure and reduce the environmental impacts of buildings. This enables the client, through the BREEAM assessor and the BRE Global certification process, to measure, evaluate and reflect the performance of their new building against best practice in an independent and robust manner.
This performance is quantified by a number of individual measures and associated criteria stretching across a range of environmental issues, which is ultimately expressed as a single certified BREEAM rating.
Kawneer’s BES 6001 certification contributes to the awarding of points against the building assessment rating within the category of responsible sourcing of materials. Issues in this section focus on the procurement of materials that are sourced in a responsible way and have a low embodied impact over their life including extraction, processing, and manufacture and recycling.
For further information visit www.breeam.com
What are the benefits to specifiers of BES 6001?
Specifiers benefit from using accredited manufacturers by:
- Securing additional BREEAM credits for their buildings
- Reducing risk down the supply chain
- Demonstrating corporate reputation and leadership
Please click here to see the latest Responsible Sourcing League Tables.
Please click here to download a copy of our BES 6001 certificate