BUILDING PRODUCTS SUPPLIER SIG has appointed a Compliance Director and is growing the specialist compliance team which will manage and oversee issues of compliance and governance through the supply chain.
The move is part of the company’s Return to Growth strategy which sees SIG making an increasingly proactive contribution to change and improvement within the industry. As a major distributor, SIG says it is a vocal and committed supporter of the new Code for Construction Product Information.
SIG Compliance Team
Under a new management team since 2020, the company is focusing on providing specialist product solutions. Doing so puts considerable onus on SIG staff to support procurement and installation decisions. It is therefore an absolute priority to ensure that they are, in turn, supported with the right level of accountability and governance to manage risk.
Steve Marr, formerly Procurement Director at SIG, has taken up the role of Compliance Director, managing an internal team of 11 compliance specialists.
This function within SIG UK builds on work already carried out as part of SIG Assured. SIG Assured focuses on ensuring that products supplied by SIG are legal and compliant to national UK standards. The Compliance Team is taking this further, including aspects of sustainability (notably Environmental Product Declarations) and also working with the new Code for Construction Product Information.
In focusing on the issue of compliance, SIG UK is positioning itself as a proactive force for change, the company says.
Steve Marr, SIG Compliance Director, said: “At SIG UK we are about more than just price. We should also look to add value, providing assurance for our customers that the products they specify are compliant with all current regulations and performance standards. It is something of a relief to see that the subject of compliance is of increasing importance to our customer base and we are more than happy to support that move.”
Andy Williamson, Commercial Director of SIG, sees the new team as a natural part of the organisation’s evolution. “The construction industry needed to change: At SIG we are looking to do our part by ensuring we’re acting as a responsible supplier, sourcing and distributing products that are compliant, safe and appropriate.”
For SIG, there are several aspects to this responsibility. Steve Marr added: “First, we must ensure the products we manufacture are compliant in every respect. Second, we must provide our customers with assurance that the vast range of products in our inventory are supported by correct and legal documentation. Third we must ensure that our staff have the level of training and expertise needed to support decision-making by the customer.”
The focus on compliance is a significant investment for SIG, the company says, and is one manifestation of the new direction for the organisation being driven by the management team.