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Hanson first brick manufacturer to receive ‘very good’ RSM across all products

22 Sep 10 Hanson UK is the first brick manufacturer to achieve BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing of Materials (RSM) certification for all products from its UK brick production sites. The ‘very good’ rating covers all nine production sites which service the UK market.

The company has also been certified for its aggregate blocks, precast concrete and block paving products, covering an additional six factories.

The announcement follows Hanson’s certification of Thermalite aircrete blocks in May this year and its ready-mixed concrete and aggregates businesses in autumn 2009.

Martin Crow, Hanson UK’s head of sustainability, said: “This certification means that the RSM standard has been awarded to all of Hanson’s aggregates, concrete and building products which encompasses over 300 UK production sites. It also takes us a big step forward towards our goal of obtaining the standard across all our product lines from all production sites.”

The BRE Environmental and Sustainability Standard (BES) 6001: 2008 covers the environmental and social issues for organisational management and supply chain management, including all the processes from the origin of raw materials, through all stages of the manufacturing process to point of sale.

For the client, specifier, distributor or end-user, this accreditation provides assurance that products conform to environmental impact specifications. Responsible sourcing is recognised within the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) and BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), counting towards the credits required to assess the code level of a building.

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