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Looking after our environment and climate

Our environment is facing a crisis on so many fronts. Every day we see the impact of climate change, loss of biodiversity, increasing air and water pollution, and waste. 

To prevent further harm, and to turn the tide before it is too late, it’s clear that the world needs to act decisively and together.

We are committed to addressing the environmental and climate emergencies and supporting the net zero carbon ambitions of our customers and wider society whilst limiting the impact of our operations on the environment through more sustainable business practice.

Alongside our customers and other stakeholders, we recognise that environmental sustainability is a critical factor in the wellbeing of society. We also recognise that the impacts of climate and environmental emergencies will be felt ever more acutely across the public service landscape, driving evolution, adaptation and innovation in order to keep pace with the changing needs of society.

We look to our suppliers to support our aim to prevent environmental damage and minimise our use of energy and resources.
 

What we expect from you

We expect you to:

  • comply with all local environmental laws applicable to the workplace, the products produced, and the methods of manufacture.

  • not use materials that are considered harmful to the environment, including controversial materials and conflict minerals, but should encourage the use of processes and materials that support sustainability of the environment throughout your supply chain.

  • have a clear understanding of your carbon footprint and environmental impact and have commitments to reduce it. 

  • support our commitment to resource efficiency and communicate how your products and services contribute to resource efficiency and the circular economy.

  • conduct your business in a manner that actively manages environmental risks across your operations, products, and supply chain. 

We encourage you to:

  • establish an appropriate environment management system, including policies and procedures aimed at effectively managing your environmental performance, including integrating environmental considerations into your product design or service. 

  • improve your efficiency of energy, water and natural resource usage, minimise waste hazardous materials, dispatch goods in an adequate outer packaging and foster reusable / recycled packaging materials and responsibly manage their air emissions.
     

What you can expect from us

We are committed to:

  • net zero by 2050 across scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

  • treating the environment we work in with care, respect and thoughtfulness, being carbon-conscious and aware in our use of energy and resources and promoting resource efficiency and supporting the circular economy.

  • operating within an Environmental Management System that is effective and proportionate to our operations, aligned to ISO14001 where appropriate and compliant with environmental regulations and any special legal controls that apply where we work.

  • working with our stakeholders to continuously assess and reduce our environmental impact.

  • supporting initiatives that help us meet our environmental thresholds.

  • establishing more formal relationships with environmental organisations.

  • reducing our contribution to air pollution via greener fleet and travel. 

  • reviewing our environmental strategy and thresholds regularly to ensure we remain aligned to our customer expectations and the latest climate science, net zero pathway guidance and methodologies. 

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Staying safe and keeping well

Our vision is Zero Harm - no one harmed by the work we do.

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Respecting our differences

Creating a workplace where everyone matters.

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Respecting human rights and modern slavery

We respect and protect everyone's rights and dignity.

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Fair treatment

We treat each other fairly and provide equal opportunities.

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No bullying, harassment or violence

We never bully, intimidate or act violently.