FIS and the Supply Chain Sustainability School are collaborating to help deliver Net Zero in the finishes and interiors sector through a new virtual training portal hosted on the Supply Chain Sustainability School website.

This sustainability training hub is another output of the FIS Sustainability Working Group, which has been established within the FIS community to support a focus on individual change, collective focus and supply chain engagement.  The working group has five core objectives:

  • Increasing knowledge and understanding within the supply chain
  • Setting targets and standardisation (including monitoring and measuring impact)
  • Providing an active network and encouraging collaboration
  • Highlighting individuals and approaches that help inspire and inform change
  • Informing design and encouraging better asset management

FIS Board Member Phil Brown from Meronden Ltd who has been supporting the FIS Sustainability Working Group said:

“In our supply chain there is a growing understanding, not only of our responsibilities, but also the potential of the sector to support change. Our Working Group really starts with a focus on helping individual businesses in the sector to take the first and identify the next step to being better in terms of sustainability.  In the true sense of sustainability there is absolutely no point in reinventing the wheel.  The collaboration with Supply Chain Sustainability School was quickly identified as a priority, the School has a amazing wealth of resource that can help educate and inform our supply chain and we just needed as a first stage to curate this and help set up some suggested learning pathways.  This launch is the first step, but we have ambitious plans together to develop the content and with it the understanding of sustainability through our supply chain.”

Graham Edgell of Morgan Sindall who is a Board Member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School added

“Collaboration is key to driving change.  The School exemplifies this with an open source approach that makes content, developed by experts, available to all.  It is great that we have teamed up with FIS, one of the more dynamic bodies in our sector and a key sector within construction to really help drive knowledge and capability on sustainability issues. With an improved understanding of the issues we can all individually and collectively help companies and the sector deliver more sustainable outcomes and play our part in the CLC CO2nstruct Zero programme and the national Net Zero effort”.

With construction accounting for 40% of UK carbon consumption, the construction industry is critical to supporting the UK Net Zero Effort.   The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Roadmap to Recovery has laid out proposals to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery.    The goal of the strategy is to:

Improve design, product selection and manufacturing and construction processes to deliver built assets that achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases as part of the pathway towards net zero.

With the finishes and interiors sector estimated to be responsible for 40% of energy consumed by a building and an estimated 300 tonnes of fit-out materials going to landfill every day, FIS is working to rally the sector and, in addition to work with the Schoo,l has recently signed up as a partner organisation to support the delivery of the Co2nstruct Zero strategy.

You can view the Finishes and Interiors Sustainability Virtual Training here Finishes & Interiors | Supply Chain Sustainability School (

You can visit the FIS Sustainability Hub here.



FIS Virtual Conference - A Path to Net Zero

Join us on 8 September at midday as we discuss the path to net zero.

In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.  The Prime Minister has subsequently pledged that the UK will “Build Back Greener” with 2021 being the “defining year of climate action”.  But what does all this actually mean to projects in the finishes and interiors sector.

Our three keynote speakers will cover:

  • Net Zero and the impact on Design – Adam Strudwick, Principal, Corporate Interiors, London, Perkins&Will
  • How Net Zero will impact construction procurement decisions – Anna Baker, Head of Sustainability, Carey Group
  • Net Zero, how to bring a focus to support change on your projects – Elina Grigoriou FRSA HonRICS, Design & Sustainability Director, Grigoriou Interiors

Once the keynotes are complete, a debate will be facilitated by Damon Schunmann, a freelance journalist and Strategic Consultant to Barbour ABI, and our speakers will be joined on the panel by representatives of the FIS Board.