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August 20, 2009

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Skanska joins supply-chain accreditation scheme

The accreditation scheme, which is managed by global supply-chain accreditation company, Achilles, enables construction firms to identify and manage their supply-chain risks more effectively. Other major construction firms that have joined the scheme include Bovis Lend Lease, British Land, and Shepherd Construction.Skanska decided to join BuildingConfidence to streamline its approach to supplier accreditation, and expects the move to save it time, effort and cost. Skanska group procurement director, Ian Luke, said: “We like the fact that BuildingConfidence provides a comprehensive and thorough approach to accreditation – safety remains a core component as you would expect but it is equally strong in areas of occupational health, quality, CSR, immigration and business continuity.“We will be able to make better use of our resources on other value-added activities, while our supply chain will be able to complete a single process – this has a particular attraction for the many in our supply chain who are already BuildingConfidence-accredited, since they will now be accredited for Skanska at no additional cost or effort.”Skanska had already been through the accreditation process as a supplier, in order to secure work for Bovis Lend Lease on a number of projects. There are currently 500 key suppliers and contractors to the construction industry that are participating in the accreditation process. According to Achilles, around 30 per cent of companies fail to achieve the accreditation standard first time round, but more than 90 per cent of these achieve accreditation at the second time of asking.Achillies hopes that the scheme will fill a gap in the market. The firm’s construction director, Philip Foster, said: “Achilles is using its 20 years of unrivalled expertise in major industries worldwide to provide the construction industry with a robust accreditation and risk-management process it has wanted for years.“The idea is that the accreditation standard will be increased on a regular basis to ensure continuous improvement is achieved, and to avoid a minimal compliance culture that can arise if the standard remains the same year after year.”“For the first time we have a clear picture of supply-chain risks across the industry, and that gives us a great base point against which we can continue to measure quarter-on-quarter improvement.”

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