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23 Mar 2022

Stone Federation Launches the Responsible Sourcing Pledge


Stone Federation are delighted to announce the launch of the Responsible Sourcing Pledge.

 

The Federation are passionate about the natural stone industry playing its part in reducing the carbon impact of the construction sector and, as part of this, are launching the Responsible Sourcing Pledge.

 

What is the Responsible Sourcing Pledge?


In short, the Responsible Sourcing Pledge is an opportunity for Stone Federation members, architects, designers, engineers and major contractors alike to demonstrate their commitment to the issues of ethical and sustainable sourcing of natural stone.

 

In 2012 we launched the Stone Federation Sustainability Statement, which laid out our commitment to sustainable procurement and detailed the expectations we had of our members around this issue.

 

Building on this, in 2016 we launched The Ethical Stone Register, a unique resource created specifically for the natural stone industry, in response to The Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the issues of sourcing materials responsibly.

 

Now, in 2022, we are looking to build on these foundations with a new Responsible Sourcing Pledge which includes our updated Sustainability Statement.

 

All signatories of the Pledge have signed up to the following statement:

 

"As part of our commitment to the ethical and sustainable sourcing of materials, we are adding our name to the Stone Federation Responsible Sourcing Pledge. We are committed to adhering to the Stone Federation Sustainability Statement and starting our journey on the Ethical Stone Register."


Who has signed the Responsible Sourcing Pledge?


To date, 23 of the industry’s leading names have demonstrated their commitment to being a part of delivering a more sustainable, ethical and environmentally responsible built environment and signed the Responsible Sourcing Pledge.

 

Airelimestones Lda, Albion Stone, Amarestone, Athena Stonecare, AVV Solutions, Burlington Stone, Classic Masonry Ltd, DBR Limited, Ethical Stone Co., Harrison Goldman, Hutton Stone Co Ltd, Johnsons Wellfield, Lovell Stone Group, LSI Stone, Mandarin Stone, Marmi Ltd, Quadriga Contracts, Recclesia Ltd, Stone Age Pvt. Ltd, Szerelmey, Talasey Group, Universal Stone, Vetter UK Ltd

 

What's Next


We are encouraging architects, designers, main contractors and clients to make their own commitment to the Responsible Sourcing Pledge by committing to engaging with those companies listed on the Pledge as part of your own responsible and sustainable sourcing endeavours.

 

To see the full list of Responsible Sourcing Pledge signatories and to sign up yourself, click here

 

 

Members' News

Stone Federation would like to congratulate former Stone Federation President, Peter Harrison for being the recipient of the stone industry's highest award, the Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal.


Peter was presented with his medal by the Duke of Gloucester himself at Worshipful Company of Masons' Master's Banquet in London's Mansion House.


The Medal, which was introduced in 2010, is awarded every two years, to honour an individual in the craft of stonemasonry or the natural stone industry whose work is of considerable merit and who is acknowledged by his or her peers for the excellence of their contribution.


The idea for recognition for those in stonemasonry was originally mooted in the 1980s when it was noted that stonemasonry did not have any kind of recognition or a supreme accolade.

 

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, who trained as an architect and has an affinity for stonemasonry, also felt that some form of recognition should be created and was instrumental in developing the concept of a recognition for stonemasonry befitting the millennia-old craft.

Stone Federation are a member of EuroRoc, an organisation made up of the various European Federations for the dimensional stone industry.  The aim of the group is to coordinate questions of common interest and find solutions while promoting the use of dimensional natural stone.

 

The Federation's EuroRoc representative, Michael Poultney of Albion Stone along with Peter Harrison of Harrison Goldman, attended the latest meeting held at the Verona Stone Show in October.

 

There were a range of topics discussed, but shown are four discussions points that will be of particular interest to members.

 

1. Ethical Sourcing - There are various different degrees of controls of ethical sourcing across Europe and some is at a very local level.  It was accepted that the EU should be encouraging stones from ethical sources but there was some scepticism that a system with a high degree of certainty could be found in the short term.  It was agreed that the starting point should be to pool all the experiences from the differing methods currently being used by different, Countries, companies and organisations.

2. Geographical Protection - There was considerable support from across the EU and the robust comments from the UK were considered positive.  It is back with the European Parliament on what could be a long journey to possible implementation.  

3. Reporting Figures - There was concerns that the code numbers used for reporting production, imports and exports are not recording the dimensional stone figure accurately.  It was suggested that these should be related to the harmonised Product Standards (BS EN). Michael Poultney has been in dialogue with BGS and Eric Bignell at the Natural Stone Specialist magazine about the topic earlier in the month. Euroroc will progress the matter with the relevant authorities.

4. Silica Dust - There was a mixed response about the danger of the implementation of the dust regulations and the prospects of reducing the code.  It was agreed that the experiences from the implementation from national authorities will be requested.

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With the island of Portland, from which the famous Portland limestone comes, being just off the Dorset coast from Weymouth, there could not have been a more appropriate material to use for a sculpture of the Olympic rings that has now been installed in the town that is hosting the Olympic sailing events. 

Burlington Stone has acquired the rights to quarry at Petts Quarry on Kirkstone Pass and Brathay Quarry near Ambleside following the regrettable demise of Kirkstone Quarries Ltd.

This new monument, costing £5 million, will commemorate the 55, 573 crew members of the RAF's Bobmer Command who were killed between 1939 and 1945.  The average age of those who lost their lives was just 22.

Albion Stone has recently purchased a new ‘JCB Fantini’, tractor mounted stone saw which will be used to increase efficiency in the Quarry & Mine.  This is the first machine of its type to be imported into any UK stone extraction operation. 

 

TV presenter, journalist and former conservative politician and Cabinet Minister, Michael Portillo made a fascinating tour of local natural stone producer, Burlington Stone of Kirkby-in-Furness, shown on 26th January on BBC2 at 6.30pm, as part of series three of the BBC’s popular travel documentary, Great British Railway Journeys.

 

A £500,000 investment into an innovative new roof for Albion Stone’s Factory is set to save thousands of pounds a year on their electricity bills.

Albion Stone supplied over 3m³ of Jordans Basebed and Jordans Whitbed in the form of treads risers, paving and memorial stones.

Taking centre stage on The Marshalls Garden That Kids Really Want! at the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May the company utilised its own indigenous natural Yorkstone block to create two striking central features in this amazing organic playground.