The aim of the Precast Sector Sustainability Charter is to encourage member companies of British Precast to go beyond legislation and take voluntary actions to make their products and operations more sustainable. In order to meet this aim, a set of sustainability principles has been developed based on the key sustainability issues facing the precast industry; these issues are shown in the diagram below, and were identified by British Precast following consultation with the industry and examination of the priorities and concerns of its primary stakeholders.
The British Precast Charter Scheme currently requires all full members of the federation to sign a charter committing them to the 16 principles and allowing British Precast to audit member companies’ sites annually to ensure that all the 16 principles are being adhered to by member companies.
The scheme was first launched in 2007 with only 17 companies taking part. The number of companies participating continued to grow until 2014 when the Charter and Auditing programme became a mandatory requirement of British Precast membership as part of British Precast’s Raising the Bar initiative. Today, it is a mandatory British Precast membership requirement to report on the company’s Sustainability Charter performance and be audited annually under the scheme.