Clay brick makes a significant contribution to the UK’s safe, healthy and sustainable built environment. It provides the certainty and longevity people want in their homes and the flexibility businesses seek from an established supply chain.
The Brickmakers Quality Charter promotes the responsible sourcing of clay brick.
Click here for a short Introductory Video.
Click here to download a copy of the Scheme Guide Notes.
Any clay brick manufacturer, can apply to join the register of Brickmaker Quality Charter holders. To be accepted, companies must demonstrate their compliance with and adherence to, a range of internationally recognised standards. The use of the Brickmakers Quality Charter Logo, provides architects, designers, merchants, specifiers and procurement teams with a valuable 'short cut' to identifying responsible clay brick manufacturers.
Specifically, clay brick manufacturers will need to provide evidence of their credentials in at least 4 of the following Critical Assessment Points (CAP) categories, two of which must include compliance and adherence to an approved Anti-Modern Slavery Policy & Procedure (CAP 7) and CPR compliance in all clay-brick products (CAP 8);
1 Business Quality Management System (ISO 9001)
2 Responsible Sourcing System (BES 6001)
3 Energy Management System (ISO 50001)
4 Environmental Management System (ISO 14001)
5 Health & Safety Management System (ISO 45001 or OHSAS 18001 or the BCC H&S Pledge)
6 Employment Practice System (that meets the brickmaker's National Standard)
7 Anti-Modern Slavery Policy and Procedures (that meets the brickmaker's National Standard)
8 CPR Compliance in all Clay-Brick Products (CE Mark or UKCA/UKNI Mark to EN771-1)
Any Clay Brick Manufacturer who can evidence 4 or more of these CAPs can apply to join the Brickmakers Quality Charter Register and potentially display the Brickmakers Quality Charter logo on their livery, marketing collateral and products.
Whilst our primarry focus in on clay brickmakers, those firms who also make clay tiles or pavers may also apply for the charter by submitting the required information above, but instead of submitting product declarations for clay bricks, substitiuting them for clay tiles or pavers. The application process will take you thorugh this.
If a brickmaker can provide evidence against 4 or 5 CAPs,
they may display the Charter's 1 Star logo.
If a brickmaker can provide evidence against 6 or 7 CAPs,
they may display the Charter's 2 Star logo.
If a brickmaker can provide evidence against all 8 CAPs, they may display the Charter's 3 Star logo.
All applicants agree to be audited against the evidence they have submitted against the CAPs, should there be a requirement from the BQC Audit and Assessment Panel to carry out such an audit. Further details are available in the BDA's BQC Guide notes or by contacting the BDA.
Make sure you have (pdf) copies available of the requisite evidence as asked for in each CAP listed, so you may submit them on-line. The submission process will ask you to upload the documentation for each CAP, from your computer. So, it's best to scan the documentation prior to you beginning your application and to save it somewhere helpful on your computer.
A good place to save the files you want to upload, is in a folder on your desktop.
You cannot save your work as you proceed through the application. However, if you need a break in the process, provided you keep your web browser open, you should be able to continue with the application, on your return.
It should take you no more than 30 minutes to complete your application.
Further details on what you need to submit is available in the BQC Guide Notes and detailed at each question point. A copy is available by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All infomation submitted during this process will be held confidentially and securely by the BDA. It will be handled in line with GDPR and not be used or sold on to any organisation for the purposes of marketing or any other commercial operation. You can be assured that your information will remain safe at all times.
Clay Brick Manufacturers' applications will initially be subject to a desktop audit for which there is an administrative charge of £299 plus VAT (as appropriate). Manufacturer applicants based outside of the UK and/or the European Union may be subject to a further, physical audit by our appointed and independent third-party auditors and for which an additional administrative fee will be charged.