Manufacturing & Construction
Manufacturing and Construction has one thing in common and that is both this sectors meet the challenge of intense labour involvement. The risk to human life involved, their social protection and protection to local environment is common to both the sector. This gives the birth of remaining two pillars of sustainability apart from finance and economy.
An extensive comparison of manufacturing and construction sector describes basic functional similarities; showing similar problems faced by both sectors, and classifies the solutions being applied in the field of sustainability.
A considerable difference between manufacturing and construction is that a manufacturer uses different machineries and other equipment in process while in construction site workers typically work with hand held tools. Manufacturing plants normally maintain updated machines and other equipments that optimises production quality and efficiency. Construction workers require hand tools supplies that are not only modern, but also in good condition to optimize the efforts of manual workers. The work place risk differs accordingly and specific solution varies in accordance with the types of process and equipments.
The local environment gets affected by both this sectors with emergence of dust, construction debris, noxious fumes, dumping of waste materials, destruction of fertile land, and contamination of water bodies.
The land acquisition and functioning of these sectors at project level requires community and stakeholders management programme like stakeholders mapping, stakeholders engagement along with environmental programme.
The key challenges are implementation of management system in the sectors, where a large section of labour with rural back ground and little idea about industry comes for unskilled or semiskilled jobs.
Key Sustainability Initiatives in Manufacturing and Construction
ISO14001:2015: ISO 14001:2015 specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects.
International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard: IFC’s Environmental and Social Performance Standards define IFC clients’ responsibilities for managing their environmental and social risks.It applies to all IFC’s investment and advisory clients. It can be adopted as EHS and social guideline to achieve good international industry practices.
OHSAS18001:2007: The OHSAS 18001:2007 standard (may also be mistakenly referred to as ISO 18001) is internationally accepted occupational health and safety management systems. Developed by leading trade and international standards bodies, it provides a framework for organisations to initiate effective management of health & safety in the workplace and assessing and auditing.
SA8000: SA8000 is a auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces, across all industrial sectors. It is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, conventions of the ILO, UN and national law, and spans industry and corporate codes to create a common language to measure social performance.
Others: ILO Guidelines, Ministry of Labour Standards, IS14489, Factories Act and Rules, Building and other construction workers Act and Rules
Areas where Consultivo can help
We help industries to manage their sustainability risks, to change and to inculcate continual improvement in line with the national laws as well as International codes and standards. We work together with leading companies and with others to strengthen the contribution of mining, minerals and metals to sustainable development.
• Providing strategic advice for sustainable mining through development of strategy, policy, framework, codes, standards and guidelines.
• Sustainability management & reporting
• Occupational Health & Safety services
• Energy, Climate change & water impact studies, reporting, assessment & recommendations
• Biodiversity mapping & Stakeholder’s mapping
• Human rights, social accountability, community relations, Rehabilitation & Resettlement (R&R), and stakeholder engagement
• Development of management systems like ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, SA 8000 etc.
• Partnering with companies in their journey for responsible mining