Our Commitment to Sustainability
It is in the long term interests of our business to act responsibly towards the environment and the communities in which we operate.
We believe our product, which provides insulation that lowers the energy demand of buildings, can contribute to a more environmentally responsible economy.
Sustainability is also becoming a key driver for our customers, who are typically involved across the whole commercial and industrial sector.
The following points show an overview of the breadth of our commitment to sustainability. For more information on all these areas, please download the Sustainability Report on the right.
Third Party Accreditation
All of our manufacturing sites have achieved BS EN ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and the majority also have ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and OHSAS / ISO 18001 (Health & Safety).
We know how important it is to engage with our supply chain on sustainability issues and so we have worked together to develop an ethical procurement strategy for materials and services and aim to have all of our suppliers accredited to ISO 9001 / 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
We have a range of training courses for our key external stakeholders and specific internal courses for all our employees too.
Our renewable energy product range continues to grow and in 2011 we added solar PV panel options. Our key products ranges are certified by BRE to Green Guide to Specification A+ ratings.
Approximately 20-25% of the steel used in our insulated panels is recycled, so the recycled content of a panel is typically 14.5% to 17.5%.
Waste and Recycling
We have made great strides in reducing our waste during the production process, reusing waste, recycling waste material and reducing the packaging on our panels. We also offer to reclaim the waste packaging and pallets from site.
We exceeded our 2010 / 2011 waste to landfill reduction target of 20.0% with an overall reduction 20.7%. A target of a further 20.0% reduction has been set for 2011 / 2012.
We are committed to moving towards net-zero energy at our manufacturing sites. We are prioritising this achievement at our largest site which is at Holywell in North Wales. We already have small scale renewable energy systems in place and will be expanding them in 2012.
We are heavily involved with a number of important trade associations and Green Building Councils across the world.
We are involved in many aspects of engagement with the local community from giving time and money to local projects and groups to supporting environmental regeneration initiatives.