Now extended to 31st May
Recent developments specific to the UK market over the last few years include the implementation of the Social Value Act 2012, the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Gender Pay Reporting Regulations, the UK governments PPN/1116 Procuring Steel in Major Projects and the Welsh Assembly Procurement Advice Note - Supporting the sourcing of steel in major construction and infrastructure projects in Wales. Taken together, these drivers lead to an expectation that UK construction and infrastructure projects, will endeavour to source steel from producers able to evidence and deliver the highest levels of social value and sustainability performance.
Internationally, various local and regional markets may have differing expectations related to local conditions and local sourcing needs. Reflecting these requirements and that the maturity of sustainability management varies regionally, the CARES Board has decided to adopt a strategy of regional scheme development consistent with it’s ‘Think Global, Act Local’ strategy. The first such scheme under development, focused on steels for construction, is for the UK market which is at a higher level of maturity compared to other markets, having been using responsible sourcing/sustainability criteria since 2008.
The scheme scope will be for constructional steel producers and fabricators to the UK market. The intention is that there will be mandatory performance thresholds in the scheme in line with the drivers of the scheme above.
CARES is committed to stakeholder engagement to inform decision making for setting standards and continual improvement in all aspects of its operations.
The Timeline and opportunities to contribute to the development of the standard are outlined here. Please note that this is subject to change depending on the development process:
Please note that due to the extended date, some of the dates below will be moved back.
|Tasks||Timing||Opportunity to feed into process?|
|Social Value consultation||February 2018||Yes|
|Initial consultations that established need for scheme as part of CARES stakeholder outreach||Spring/Summer 2018||Yes|
|Initial Draft scheme||July-Nov 2018||No|
|Plans presented to Sustainability Committee||Nov 2018||Yes – for members of Committee representing various stakeholder groups|
|Further scheme development||Dec 2018 - Feb 2019||No|
|Open Consultation on initial scheme documentation||March - April 2019||Yes|
|Piloting of scheme with producer(s)||March - April 2019||Yes, from producers|
|Piloting of scheme (including Appendix 2 – steel processing) with fabricator(s)||May 2019||Yes, from fabricators|
|Updates to scheme documentation and plans further to consultation||May 2019||No|
|Next versions of scheme documentation and plans released for review and feedback, including by Sustainability Committee||May 2019||Yes|
|Consideration of feedback, further updating if required||June 2019|
|Consideration by CARES Board, formal adoption of the scheme||June 2019|
|Accreditation of the scheme via UKAS||TBC|
|Proposed launch date||July 2019|
Based on BS 8902: 2009 and the successful international Sustainable Constructional Steels (SCS) Scheme, the new scheme is planned to operate in a similar way to the established certification schemes operated by CARES. This includes; a similar governance structure where the ultimate decision-making authority is the CARES Board. Consideration and feedback will be sought from the CARES Policy Advisory and Sustainability Committees as well as broader stakeholders. CARES is accredited by UKAS and it will seek approval from UKAS to certify to the scheme requirements.
The Sustainability Committee should provide important technical advice to CARES to ensure the scheme is suitably challenging for participant companies, provides appropriate focus on UK construction market needs and encourages performance improvement in line with available science and context.
It is planned that the scheme will consist of: a scheme manual; appendices representing the requirements of differing steel production methods and products; a self-assessment and audit workbook; auditing requirement and training for auditors; the transparent publication of summary sustainability performance.
Within the UK market only, the UK Sustainable Steel Scheme supersedes the CARES Sustainable Constructional Steels (SCS) Scheme from 1 year after the official scheme launch date, for any new orders and allows for a transition period of 1 year where both schemes will be acceptable for new orders. Existing orders made under previous schemes can continue to be processed under those certifications until order completion.
The scheme is being developed to comply with the ISEAL Code of Conduct for Standard Setting for Social and Environmental Standards.
Aspects of the scheme that meet that differing expectations of public sector and leading private sector procurement in the UK and that differ from the SCS scheme include:
The following documents are available for consultation together with a template to structure your feedback:
We welcome your feedback on these proposals.
This open consultation period is between: 1 March – 30 April 2019.