While our work aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and generally improve the environment, we are conscious that running a business creates its own impacts.
As an organisation we work hard to manage our impact in order to reduce our effect on the environment. This is pursued through maintaining ISO 14001 environmental accreditation which is supported by an environmental management system (EMS) and our ISO 50001 support by an energy management system (EnMS). The EMS and EnMS provides a systematic approach to keep current with relevant environmental legislation and provides a structure on which to base our internal environmental activities. It is our sustainability group which is the backbone for promoting environmental activities and sustainable behaviour throughout the organisation.
The sustainability group is composed of three subgroups in each of the main offices (London, Edinburgh and Cardiff) and is run by volunteers in the organisation. The group encourages all employees to be as resource efficient as possible through sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm as well as promoting sustainable activities and behaviours. The group monitors and reports the organisation's carbon footprint each year, identifying areas for improvement. Through understanding what we can do to improve our use of carbon, the group helps to influence staff and suppliers in a positive way. The group has accumulated practical knowledge and experience since it was formed in 2004, developing a variety of successful approaches to engage employees.
A list of our significant environmental aspects can be found below.
A variety of internal events are held during each year to promote sustainability throughout the organisation. Examples of these are listed:
We are committed to incorporating sustainability across all business functions in order to manage and influence the positive environmental and social impacts of our business activity, as well as to exceed our high standard of environmental excellence. Therefore, sustainability principles are embedded within all procurement related activities including our relationship with ethical suppliers and in the communities where we operate.
We expect that all of our employees are committed to:
procuring products and services which minimise our environmental impact, taking into account the lifecycle of any product purchased
complying with all applicable legislative requirements
continuously improving knowledge of environmentally responsible supply chain management
assessing the sustainability credentials of our suppliers and encouraging activity among suppliers which minimise environmental impact.
We are committed to:
providing high quality services and advice
consistently meeting customers’ requirements and exceeding their expectations
continually improving all areas of activity including its management systems and procedures
meeting all legal requirements and those of BS EN ISO 9001:2008.
We are committed to implementing this policy throughout the organisation by:
maximising emission savings from our activities
minimising our energy use associated with building management and travel
reducing overall waste and improving levels of recycling
working with suppliers to mutually improve environmental performance and favour procurement from those that do
using ethical suppliers and sustainable sources wherever appropriate.
Environmental aspects are an inevitable result of any organisation’s operation. To address these aspects, they have been identified, assessed and rated in terms of their significance by the Sustainability Group.
As part of the Environmental Management System, the organisation’s environmental aspects are regularly reviewed.
Aspects (in order of significance)
CO2 / CO2 emissions: office use of electricity
CO2 / CO2 emissions: office use of gas
CO2 / CO2 emissions: business travel
Suppliers and sub contractors
Consumption of resources
Accidents i.e. fire
Nuisance and noise
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.
We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.
This policy does not form part of any employee's contract of employment and we may amend it at any time.