We minimise our environmental footprint through responsible procurement and reduction of our direct and indirect impacts, and by raising awareness of environmental issues with colleagues and customers.
It also includes the overall impacts we have on the communities we serve through areas such as colleague commuting and biodiversity.
We have progressively reduced our environmental impacts by investing in efficient resource use, improving waste management and engaging colleagues in supporting our efforts in becoming more sustainable.
To reduce our environmental impact we have refurbished our head office in Bradford to make it more energy-efficient.
A number of our branches have also benefited from a refurbishment and upgrade programme, including:
In 2015 we diverted slightly over 80% of our waste from landfill, and by working with our contractors we have increased this to almost 90% in 2016.
The waste generated across our operations includes confidential, mixed recyclable, general non-recyclable, non-hazardous electrical and electronic equipment, food, oil and grease (from catering), small quantities of hazardous and clinical, and other waste from building refurbishment such as furniture. All of our paper waste is destroyed confidentially and recycled. Other waste is segregated for recycling, re-use, bio-fuel or composting. Our aspiration is to send zero waste to landfill by 2020.
Throughout 2017 we’ll also focus on reducing our use of materials and sourcing these from sustainable resources. In our recent projects we’ve fitted carpets made from recycled materials including recovered fishing nets and have used FSC-certified timber in our branch refurbishments.
We want to reduce transport pressure, vehicle emissions and help colleagues reduce travel costs.
Specific measures include: