Ethical Sourcing: A Guide for Designers and Specifiers
Designers, Engineers and Specifiers play a significant role in the construction industry. Often involved from the early stages of projects through to realisation and post occupancy/use. The role of these professionals has evolved over time and there are increasing demands on such individuals to consider non-technical issues. One such issue is that of Ethical Sourcing; the lack of general support and guidance on this topic for the design community was acknowledged by Loughborough University who sought funding for this publication from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The aim of this guide is to improve awareness and literacy on the wider interpretation of ethical sourcing. In this guide we use the term to mean more than standard social issues; there is a moral imperative to consider the ethics of the environment too.