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