Sustainability – Practical steps.
In order to implement our policy principles, we will:
Travel and Meetings
- Walk, cycle and/or use public transport to attend meetings, site visits etc., apart fro in exceptional circumstances where the alternatives are impractical and/or cost prohibitive.
- Travel within 250 miles of a branch office/site, normally will be undertaken by train.
- Avoid the physical travel to meetings where alternatives are available and practical, such as using teleconferencing, video conferencing or web cams. Efficient timing of meetings to avoid multiple trips, while not sacrificing the benefits of regular client contact.
- Use an emissions recording scheme for business travel to monitor our carbon impact.
Purchase of equipment and consumption of resources.
- Minimise our use of paper and other office consumables, for example by double-siding all paper used and only printing where necessary.
- As far as possible arrange for the re-use or re-cycling of office waste, including paper, computer supplies and redundant equipment
- Reduce the energy consumption within the office by purchasing energy efficient equipment and good electrical housekeeping.
- Purchase electricity from a supplier committed to renewable energy. Seek to maximize the proportion from renewable energy resources, whilst supporting investment in new renewable energy schemes.
- Ensure that timber furniture and any other timber products are recycled and are Forrest Stewardship Council certified.
Working practices and advice to Clients.
- Support the local community and Environmental Organisations in seeking offset carbon emissions from our activities.
- Ensure that any associates that we employ take account of sustainability issues in their advice to clients.
- Include a copy of our Sustainability policy in all our proposals to clients.