Responsible Sourcing

BES 6001 provides a common benchmark for all construction products to demonstrate their responsible sourcing credentials. The full listing of products certified to BES 6001 is available at 

The concrete industry was the first industry to link its sustainable construction strategy to BES 6001 and has produced the publication 'Specifying Sustainable Concrete' to support the implementation of the standard.         

Material Sector  % BES 6001 Certified
Aggregates 94.2%
Cement 100%
BAR Mills* 89.1%
BAR Fabricators* 100%
*To Eco-reinforcement BES 6001 based scheme

Performance indicator

Percentage of production certified to BES 6001 responsible sourcing standard

Providing evidence of the responsible sourcing of building products and materials continues to be crucial with the need to demonstrate compliance with a recognised responsible sourcing scheme, certified by a third party. Our indicator reports the proportion of concrete and constituent materials production that is currently certified to BES 6001.

During 2016, certification of concrete products to BES 6001 was maintained at 90% of production tonnage as companies transferred to the upgraded issue 3.0 (2014 version). Over 90% of this certified tonnage achieved a performance rating of ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’.

The 2020 target for BES 6001 certification is 95% and the aspiration of the concrete industry is to achieve 100%. The cement and GGBS sectors have already achieved 100% certification.

These indicators are part of the Materials section of the report and 2020 Commitments. An update on our Materials 2020 Commitments.


For responsibly sourced case studies see This is Concrete




This is Concrete - Ten Years, Ten Insights (Summery of Performance Indicators)

Relevant links

APRES (Action programme on Responsible Sourcing)

BES 6001


Code for Sustainable Homes

CEEQUAL (Civil Engineering Environmental Quality and Award Scheme)

BAR (British Association of Reinforcement)

UKCG (UK Contractors Group)