Leading the way for sustainable business, Ibstock has become the first UK brick manufacturer to be awarded the ‘very good’ rating in its recent factory assessment for the responsible sourcing standard, BES 6001.

The BES 6001 standard for responsible sourcing demonstrates that a building material has been produced in a way that has minimised its environmental impact, and it is sustainable. Ibstock was awarded the important standard at its Dorket Head factory in Nottingham.

John Richards, Sales and Marketing Director at Ibstock, commented: “Ibstock has always been at the forefront when it comes to sustainable development and the environment, and as well as being the first brickmaker to achieve the environmental management standard BS EN 14001, we were also the first to publish an annual Environmental Report, which is now in its 10th year.

“As part of this drive we are extremely committed to responsible sourcing and I am very happy to say that on the 1st July, we achieved the ‘very good’ rating in the BES 6001 standard, better than any other brickmaker in the UK.

“As part of our ongoing dedication we have put together our ten tenants of responsible sourcing. Covering elements such as employee engagement, investment in efficient manufacturing and recycling of process materials, these commandments will ensure that Ibstock remains ahead of the curve when it comes to responsible sourcing and sustainable development.”

In 2009 Ibstock won 35 national awards for its innovative products and business practices. At the 2009 BDA Brick Awards, Ibstock won 9 awards, as well as the Supreme Award and was shortlisted for 46 projects in 13 categories.

The company was also awarded the apprentice of the year award for the second year running, won the Civic Award for Best Public Building, won 9 awards at the Ceramic Industry Health and Safety Awards, and was presented with the Industry Innovation Award at the British Ceramic Industry Awards.

As the UK’s largest brick manufacturer, Ibstock invests heavily in ensuring a more sustainable future through its manufacturing, its communities and its products – over £55 million since 2003.

The company offers an unrivalled choice of almost 500 different competitively priced products in its extensive range, which includes prefabricated brickwork components, rainscreens and a diverse selection of special shaped bricks and pavers.

All Ibstock’s products are backed by its unique technical, design, stockist and site support services and comprehensive information – website and literature. Almost 200 years’ brick making experience is sustained by Ibstock’s national network of 22 factories and distribution centres.

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