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50 STONEWORK & MASONRY; TIMBER & JOINERY; WATER & DAMP PROOFING


requirements. Stone Federation is aware that a scheme such as the Ethical Stone Register requires ‘buy-in’ from all sectors of the industry, which is why we are so encouraged by the support from these different professionals. Since the launch, the Federation has interviewed the three pilot scheme members to find out about their journey on the scheme. These interviews provide contractors, architects, designers, clients and natural stone firms with an insight into the workings and systems of the Ethical Stone Register. The full interviews can be read on the Stone Federation blog (at www.stonefed.org.uk).


stones will appear on the Register itself. Accreditation: at this tier, members will have met the requirements of the Declaration and Verification tiers, and will be further audited for this level. The aim is to have the scheme recognised and to gain credits within schemes such as BREEAM and LEED at this tier. There has already been an incredibly positive response to the scheme from all areas of the industry, with a number of leading major contractors and architects working towards incorporating member- ship of the Register into their tender


One of the recurring themes in all the interviews was the increased demand that natural stone suppliers are seeing from their clients for ethically and responsi- bly sourced materials. Steve Turner, managing director of stone supplier Amarestone commented: “It has become an issue that must not be ignored and will trigger an even greater demand for ethically and responsibly sourced stone. Major players in the construction industry will want to avoid the potential embarrassment of unsavoury practices in their supply chain. The Ethical Stone Register will be the safe source for natural stone and I can foresee that it will become


THERE HAS ALREADY BEEN AN INCREDIBLY POSITIVE RESPONSE TO THE SCHEME FROM ALL AREAS OF THE INDUSTRY


a key resource for the specifier.” Since the launch Stone Federation has begun to work with another group of natural stone firms who are committed to engaging with the requirements of the Ethical Stone Register. These include a range of international and British quarries, all of whom are committed to providing their clients with robust assurances when it comes to the ethical and responsible procurement of materials. Stone Federation is also regularly meeting with major contractors, client bodies and architects to help them engage fully with the scheme and look at ways of incorporating its requirements across the full spectrum of their business operations.


Matt Robb is digital media executive at Stone Federation


Success with CaberShieldPlus from Norbord


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