Achilles BuildingConfidence scheme signs fourth firm

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Construction firm Skanska has adopted supply chain accreditation scheme BuildingConfidence, which is managed by Achilles.

The scheme aims to help construction firms to better identify and manage their supply chain risks, while providing a clear improvement process.

Skanska is the fourth company to adopt the scheme, joining Bovis Lend Lease, British Land and Shepherd Construction.

Ian Luke, group procurement director at Skanska, 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. 

“Especially critical in the current climate, financial risks are also covered through a daily update service for all BuildingConfidence suppliers.  As our top suppliers account for 85 per cent of Skanska’s spend, a robust ‘due diligence’ style process for these suppliers is essential.”

He added: “BuildingConfidence presents an opportunity to use a common consistent approach which will save us and our supply chain significant time, effort and cost. 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 has already been through the accreditation process as a supplier in order to secure work for Bovis Lend Lease on a number of projects.

Robin Wood, managing director of Skanska said while the company achieved accreditation a number of improvements were identified, which it is now in the process of implementing.

BuildingConfidence was launched in 2007 and to date nearly 500 suppliers and contractors within the construction industry are participating in the accreditation process.

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