Stone Federation Great Britain has introduced its members to a new ethical stone logo.
It was launched at the Federation’s Members Event at Manchester United Football Club’s Old Trafford ground yesterday (14 November).
It is part of the Federation’s Ethical Stone Register initiative in response to the Modern Slavery Act that came into force last year. The Act requires larger companies (+£30million annual turnover) to include a modern slavery statement in their annual reports and on their websites.
Although most stone companies will not be affected directly, many of the companies they work with will want assurances that the stone they use is ethically produced. The Register will help Stone Federation members provide that assurance. The use of the Ethical Stone Register mark will help convey the message that stone is ethically produced.
David Richardson of Diagenesis Consulting has been working on creating the Ethical Stone Register for Stone Federation for more than a year. It has three tiers of membership: Declaration, Verification and Accreditation. It is hoped the Accreditation level will gain credits for the BREEAM and LEED schemes.