Ethical procurement with a drive for sustainable sourcing & innovative product solutions.
Bryson operates a preferred supplier procedure and maintains a preferred supply list, with due diligence conducted on all suppliers before allowing them to join the supply chain. Our supply chain qualification process checks whether any suppliers have been convicted or had a noticed served upon them for infringement of The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (our statement policy can be viewed here).
This includes self-certification, online searching, and where relevant onsite audits, to ensure the organisation concerned has never been convicted of offenses regarding unethical practices and human right abuse, and to review working conditions. All members of our supply chain are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts our policy.
Suppliers are also required to confirm and prove that:
• They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
• They hold their own supply chain to account regarding unethical practices and human right abuse
• International suppliers: they pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable
within their country of operations
Regular training is conducted for procurement personnel to ensure they understand the signs of unethical practices or human rights abuse, and resultant actions to take if they suspect it is taking place.
We will know the effectiveness of these steps if:
• No reports are received from employees, the public or law enforcement agencies.
• Independent audits and unannounced reviews find no evidence.
• All suppliers provide concrete proof of action taken to prevent any unethical practices and abuse human rights.
Our Gold membership to Construction Online gives you piece of mind that we’re a validated high quality supplier.
We’re assessed for environmental management, quality management, equal opportunities, modern slavery act adherence and anti-bribery and corruption policies.
Bryson controls and manages activities to ensure risks to ethical and legal requirements are identified and actions are taken to eliminate or minimise their effects.
Bryson are committed:
• To comply with its legal obligations under the current Health, Safety and Welfare Act, Environmental Protection Act and other European Acts, regulations, policies, and laws.
• To promote health, safety, and environmental awareness throughout the organisation.
• To maintain a safe and healthy working environment for its employees, with adequate facilities appropriate to the nature of the business activities.
• To ensure all suppliers fully comply with the principles outlined in our Ethical Trading Code of Conduct.
• To minimise the social impact of the company activities and avoid damage to the environment through regular reviews of the business from environmental and management systems audits.
• Our suppliers’ factories are Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified.
De-risking our Supply Chain and Supporting UK Manufacturing
Bryson’s directors have had a goal for the last 5 years to create a sustainable supply chain outside of China. Through the COVID pandemic we were thankful to have pulled out most of our supply chain from China and redirect our sourcing efforts to more ethical and sustainable manufacturers.
In Q1 2021 we placed our last order direct with China which was a key milestone as a business.
In 2021 for the first time, we are now 0% reliant on China for direct spend and 25% reliant on indirect spend, with a goal of 0% indirect spend by 2023.
Further efforts to de-risk our supply chain are focused on supporting local British manufacturing by sourcing products that are locally sourced in the UK. Overall this supports our drive for a more sustainable supply chain, but it also helps to reduce carbon footprint by reducing long-haul shipping.
Our Sustainable Procurement Policy is one of the ways in which Bryson demonstrates its commitment to being the leader in sustainable development. Further information about our policy can be viewed here.
We’re constantly working with our supply chain of manufacturers and suppliers to offer the construction industry more sustainable everyday products for site.
Our latest range of eco-friendly products is designed to reduce waste in the construction industry, as well as offer more sustainable products including plastic-free and recyclable alternatives.
We are also working hard to bring you more locally sourced products to support local British manufacturing, which helps reduce carbon footprint by reducing long-haul shipping.