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CEMEX UK awarded responsible sourcing certification

September 24th, 2009
CEMEX UK awarded responsible sourcing certification

Building materials company CEMEX today announced that its UK readymixed concrete division has been certified to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products - BES6001. CEMEX is among the first in the industry to meet the standard, which covers more than 230 of the company’s sites across the country.

This certification means that all readymix concrete supplied by CEMEX UK is now responsibly sourced, to an independently verified standard that addresses the social, economic and environmental impacts across the entire supply chain.

To meet the standard, CEMEX’s readymixed products were assessed in accordance to quality, organisational governance, supply chain management and environmental and social impact. The certification also allows for traceability of the product to ensure all areas within the supply chain are operating to high standards.

BRE, which provides research and testing services for all aspects of the built environment, launched the BES6001 standard in 2008, to provide a level playing field for the sustainability of construction products and provide recognition for suppliers embracing genuine sustainability.

CEMEX UK’s Sustainability Director Andy Spencer said: “We are delighted that all our readymix operations now have been certified to this standard. Not only should this give our customers and clients confidence that our production and supply chains are operating ethically and responsibly, it also allows them to score more credits under the materials section of the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM, which is the most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. Responsible sourcing is one part of our challenging sustainability strategy which is designed to ensure that we embrace the increasing demands of the sustainable construction marketplace and meet the requirements of the Governments Sustainable Construction Strategy.”

The BES6001 certification is part of CEMEX’s commitment to sustainable development, and complements a range of other ongoing initiatives to reduce waste, water, energy use and CO2 emissions, while increasing the use of alternative fuels and by-products in the manufacturing of building products.


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Further information:
For further information contact Marit Meyer-Bell, tel. 01932 583208 / 07867653392, email:

CEMEX is a global building materials company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see or

BRE Responsible Sourcing: Responsible sourcing of materials (RSM) provides a holistic approach to managing a product from the point at which a material is mined or harvested in its raw state through manufacture and processing, through use, re-use and recycling, until its final disposal as waste with no further value. For more information, see

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