Committed to ethical and environmental practices
Ethics and the environment are at the heart of everything we do. We make every effort to reduce our impact on the environment and to promote good environmental practice.
We are fully committed to making a positive contribution to the well-being of our employees, customers and community, as well as the planet. Here are just some of the key steps that we’ve already taken:
Improving energy efficiency – this includes the widespread use of energy saving lighting adopted throughout our National Distribution Centre and the installation of a new heating system that is now 56% more efficient.
Committed to lower fuel usage – we use overnight deliveries wherever possible and work with suppliers to make mutual improvements.
Recycling and waste – 100% of our cardboard is recycled through sorting and compacting on-site, it is then collected to be recycled.
Damaged pallets and wood packaging are repaired or recycled into wood chippings for gardens. Out of date rubber is chipped and made into Children’s playground surfacing material and Spent cutting and grinding discs are broken up and become the anti- slip additive in specialised paint coverings.
Sustainable procurement – we now use recyclable alternatives to plastic packaging, such as jiffy envelopes with paper pulp inners, paper tape, potato starch bags and craft paper and even the shrink wrap we have to use from time to time can be recycled and is helping your business to meet its sustainability policy requirements.
We’re proud to be an ISO 14001:2015 accredited business (the standard that specifies the requirements for an environmental management system). This is in recognition of our commitment to practices that positively impact the environment. One of our key business aims is to protect the environment from any adverse effects of our operations, whilst driving efficiencies and energy savings for our customers.
In 2021 we maintained our EcoVadis silver rating with a significant improvement on our 2020 score. Our silver rating places us in the top 25 percent in our industry. We were assessed against key criteria, including environment, human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. Built around global standards such as those set out by ISO, this certification demonstrates our performance in line with international corporate social responsibility standards.