Supply chain management

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Suppliers and sub-contractors play a vital role in helping us to build high quality homes and communities for our customers.

We strive to work in partnership with our suppliers and sub-contractors, and to treat them fairly and with respect.

We aim to do business with those who understand and aspire to our business aims and values. All of our UK suppliers and sub-contractors must provide extensive information on their approach to health, safety and environmental (HSE) management. They are required to enter into a framework agreement with Taylor Wimpey that includes specific provisions in respect of issues such as HSE. In addition, supplier agreements are vetted to ensure that purchases meet our health and safety requirements.

The vast majority of our sub-contractors are recruited from the areas around our offices and sites. We are committed to working with local businesses wherever it is practical to do so.

We have an Environmental Procurement Policy in the UK that states a preference for using materials and processes with a lower environmental impact. We also seek to use locally sourced, recycled and reclaimed materials where available and cost effective.

All appliances used in UK homes are A-rated for energy efficiency. Our UK Timber Procurement Policy states that we are committed to procuring timber from sustainable sources through approved schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

We have also worked with suppliers to develop new, higher specification products including boilers, water efficient fixtures, low energy lights and a stormwater management system.

Prestoplan, our UK timber frame housing business is registered to ISO14001 and uses sustainable building products with all components being either PEFC, SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) or FSC certified.

We undertake regular engagement meetings with our key suppliers in the UK and North America. During 2010, we maintained our on-line supplier portals in the UK and North America.

In the UK, SOLVE (Supplier On-line Vetting Evaluation) is an internet based application process for suppliers and sub-contractors. SOLVE requires applicants to provide extensive information, including details of their health, safety and environmental management systems and performance; this enables us to identify the companies that achieve Taylor Wimpey’s prequalification standards.

Taylor Morrison’s Vendor Portal provides a wide range of information for our trade partners. We introduced full scheduling in 2010 and began to provide all of our construction superintendents (the equivalent of a UK site manager) with handheld mobile devices for scheduling. This has improved efficiency and keeps everyone up-to-date.

Our contractual agreements in all regions in which we operate require sub-contractors to ensure that their employment practices comply with all relevant health, safety and employment legislation. We also require sub-contractors to ensure that their employees have a legal right to work in the country.

The majority of our sites use Taylor Wimpey Logistics (TWL) to source bulk materials directly from manufacturers and prepare ‘just in time’ delivery of buildpacks for each stage of the building process. TWL ensures that delivery vehicles are fully utilised and this reduces site traffic and transport emissions.

TWL reuses a number of items on site such as polythene covers and pallets. We are currently working with WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) on reducing packaging waste through the use of reverse logistics and increasing the proportion of reusable packaging used by TWL.

We continued to introduce our Lean Construction Process in North America. This process is a distilled version of a Six Sigma driven manufacturing process improvement methodology. It focuses on identifying and eliminating construction waste. We continue to work closely with all of our trade and supplier partners as part of this process. We introduced the process in our Denver Division in 2010 and will introduce it in our final Division, West Florida, during 2011.

In the UK in 2011, TWL will continue to work with WRAP on ways to reduce packaging waste and increase the use of reusable packaging. We will produce a Waste and Resources Strategy for our supply chain in 2011. In addition, we will work with our suppliers to identify specific packaging waste reduction projects, starting with our top 10 suppliers during 2011.

In North America, Taylor Morrison will focus on reducing and optimising the number of our home plans and customer options to increase build and supply chain efficiency. We will introduce our Lean Construction Process into West Florida in 2011.

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Sourcing green products


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Reducing packaging waste


For more information

Further details of our supply chain, environmental procurement and timber procurement policies are available