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Ethics in architecture.
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Talks and lectures

Ethics in architecture

This seminar will provide you with an awareness of the tangible threats faced by you and your clients, and mechanisms that have been developed in order to address those threats. Irrespective of the size of your organisation, you will be equipped to understand strategies and tools you may develop yourself, take pragmatic measures, and provide informed support to your clients.

Ethics in architecture: best practice for sourcing materials, products and people.

The 21st Century presents a number of unprecedented and interrelated global challenges. Population growth, climate change, resource depletion, including energy and water, and food security are no longer the sole concern of governments or fragile communities. Instead, corporates now recognize that what were once viewed as inconsequential ‘externalities’ increasingly represent a clear threat to their current and future viability, particularly where those businesses operate extended and complex supply chains.

These threats are no longer restricted solely to concerns of ‘reputational damage’, but are beginning to impact already narrow margins and challenge operational effectiveness. In addition, national and international bodies are introducing legislative burdens that require increasingly sophisticated responses from both national and international corporations.

Seminar sessions will be structured as follows

  • The size of the challenge: case studies from such client sectors as retail, construction and public procurement that highlight the reality of human rights issues in supply chains
  • The business rationale for ethical sourcing: legislative developments, the role and effectiveness of activist organisations, the commercial cost of poor governance and its application to architects and their clients.
  • Structure for success: implementing management systems, effective stakeholder engagement, collating and analysing appropriate data, root cause analysis and pragmatic interventions


Chris McCann, Resilient World
Chris has over twenty years’ experience in developing, implementing and managing responsible sourcing programmes for Fortune 500 companies across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is currently a member of the UK Construction Industry Coalition for Ethical Sourcing, and special adviser to the Welsh government.

One of a team who developed the GSCP, he has worked with the United Nations and UK government. Chris was appointed to the UK Ministry of Justice Human Rights steering committee, the Board of the UK Gangmasters Licencing Authority by the UK’s Minister for DEFRA, and the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Business and Human Rights group. A Fellow of the RSA and Nuffield Scholar, his PhD thesis focuses on supply chain resilience.

Seminar fees

  • RIBA/CIAT members £65 + VAT
  • Non-RIBA members £92 + VAT
  • RIBA student members £15 + VAT

Other booking options

For more information on other seminars in Core CPD 2018, and Club Ticket booking, saving £250 per year, go to Core CPD 2018.

Core Curriculum topics

1. Architecture for social purpose
2. Health, safety and well being
3. Design, constructions and technology

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