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David Hope - Managing Director UK Specialist Markets

As a manufacturer and purchaser, I feel that our role in Specialist Markets comes with a high level of product influence and responsibility to supply the right sustainable products to building sites. Recently, it has been great to see our businesses ensuring that sustainability is high on the agenda when manufacturing our own SIG products and purchasing products from other manufacturers.

It’s exciting to see our sustainable product strategy coming to life and to experience the commercial advantages of bringing new green products to market.

We’ve enjoyed particularly strong performance with our hemp-based ceiling pads, innovative steel structure offerings, and high-performance insulation services. Learn more about our sustainable product strategy on page 23 of the SIG UK Sustainability Report.

In the next few years, I’m expecting our biggest future impact to arise from health and safety actions, particularly concerning workplace mental health, and in the education and development of our people to lead the sustainability agenda across the Specialist Markets division.

Spotlight on.... Pallet supply

We aim to reduce, reuse, and recycle at all levels, and, in the cases where materials (such as plastic) cannot be reduced for functionality purposes, we endeavour to work with suppliers and get behind the products with higher recycled content and greater recyclability after its use.

In the case of wooden pallets, we bought 40,000 from new in the first half of 2022. However, in the first half of 2023, we bought no new pallets and instead opted to reuse the previous ones or buy recycled ones from suppliers.

Our 5 sustainability commitments



In the UK, we are committed to growing sustainably as a responsible business, guided by our five long-term sustainability commitments that were introduced in 2021.

These purpose-led ambitions underpin our determination to make a positive difference within our operations and play an influential role in mitigating climate change across the construction supply chain.