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IS Innovation Challenges: IC-6 Supply Chain Education

IS Innovation Challenges are there to inspire projects, organisations, assets and individuals to pursue sustainability initiatives beyond the expectations of the ISv1.2 rating scheme.

Innovation Challenges are used to reward projects that go beyond the rating requirements and for continuous improvement of the tool.

Projects that meet the requirements outlined in Innovation Challenges will be rewarded through the Innovation category of the IS rating scheme.

A project can register interest for an Innovation Challenge through their Case Manager using the Innovation challenge registration form. For more information on submissions, visit the innovation challenges index.

Each week ISCA will be profiling an innovation challenge. The first in this series of blogs is ‘IC-6 Supply Chain Education’. This challenge was created to encourage the sustainability education of project employees, so that everybody involved in a project from the ground upwards is aligned with the demands of an IS Rating.

By educating the entire workforce with a good level of sustainability knowledge, every project employee can understand and contribute to the sustainability outcomes of the project. Particularly important are on-site employees, who play a vital role in implementing sustainability measures such as waste separation, water conservation, conserving ecological sites and improving employee well-being.

“The benefits of smarter, more sustainable supply chains are there for all to see”, says Robin Mellon, Chief Executive Officer of the Supply Chain Sustainability School. “Our research published in July 2018 showed not just that 63% of people across the industry believe sustainability knowledge has become more important in the last year, but that 83% of organisations now have a sustainability plan in place within their organisation and 46% of people registered with the School have already seen economic, environmental or social benefits from improved supply chains.”

In order to achieve recognition of this innovation challenges, sustainability training must be provided to at least 80% of the workforce.

Workforce employees are defined as any person who works more than 5 days on the project site. They can be project employees, contractors or sub-contractors.

The following e-learning modules from the Supply Chain Sustainability School, training or equivalent must be completed as a minimum.

All employees must complete:

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainable Construction

In addition, contractors and sub-contractors must complete:

  • Environmental management

Learning resources and training materials are available for free to members of the Supply Chain Sustainability School online at; School membership is free and involves a simple registration process. Training that can be shown to be equivalent to the relevant modules of the Supply Chain Sustainability School will be accepted.

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