We are concerned about the environment and recognise that good environmental management must be an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy. We continue to monitor and improve our environmental performance by:
• Conserving energy, water, wood, paper and other resources
• Reducing waste through re-use and recycling and by using refurbished and recycled products and materials where possible
• Monitoring relevant discharges and emissions to air, land and water
• Monitoring noise pollution and ensuring that noise from vehicles or any business operations do not impact upon our neighbours or the community.
• Phasing out, where practical, ozone depleting substances and minimising the release of greenhouse gases, vehicle emissions and other substances damaging to health and the environment
As part of our ongoing commitment to assessing the impact of our activities on the environment, we are engaged in a monitoring programme with a research consultancy firm whose areas of expertise are waste management, low carbon energy, resource efficiency and climate change mitigation. We identify any environmental impacts (or potential impacts) in carrying out our activities and set objectives and plans to minimise potential impacts. This process is ongoing and subject to review and revision.
We endeavour to ensure that our business activities do not have any adverse effect on the environment and on the local community.
We carry out our business activities during normal working hours to limit the impact of noise pollution, dust pollution and CO2 emissions. Basic principles of no revving up, no leaving vehicles idle with engines running and adherence to speed limits are adopted. We use resources (such as water, lighting) sparingly and ensure that we leave areas clean and clear so there is no possibility of rubbish creating a hazard to the local community.
It is our policy to minimise the impact of CO2 emissions during transportation and all our vehicles meet the required low emission zone standards.
Vehicles are serviced regularly, tyre pressure and tyre wear and tear are checked weekly, steering tracking is checked and fuel consumption is monitored. We plan our routes carefully and work with clients to achieve transport efficiencies by:
1. Planning all routes to minimise costs
2. Determining which modes of transport are the most efficient
We actively encourage a sustainable approach to procurement and endeavour to source products that can ultimately be re-used or recycled.
We support local sourcing of products and services and encourage a ‘cradle to cradle’ (C2C) approach to procurement. This means sourcing products that remain in circulation and are therefore waste-free. Environmental and social aspects (and impacts) are taken into account during every stage of the procurement process.
We respect the values of employees and improve employee satisfaction through training and development whilst providing good conditions of work.
We are an equal opportunities employer and do not tolerate any form of discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability. 85% of employees live within a 5-mile radius, all have full employment contracts (no zero-hour contracts) and are paid above the living wage.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and are committed to preventing acts of slavery and human trafficking within the company.
We have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees and other persons who are engaged in our business activities and to provide adequate control of those health and safety risks by:
• Providing information, instruction and supervision for employees
• Ensuring that all employees are competent to do their tasks and to give them adequate ongoing training
• Preventing accidents and cases of work-related ill health
• Maintaining safe and healthy working conditions
• Ensuring safe handling and use of substances
• Providing and maintaining safe plant and machinery
• Ensuring that employees working at locations under the control of other employers are given relevant health and safety information
Our health and safety programme is not purely theoretical but is practiced in the workplace at all times. Active participation by management and staff is imperative to the safe running of the workplace and other locations where work is carried out.