The Group's activities can be summarised as largely manufacturing/assembly operations, combined with office-based research, product development and other commercial functions, where we essentially receive materials and products from suppliers, assemble them into a new product and despatch them to customers.
The Group’s businesses do not operate delivery fleets; they use third-party carriers to deliver their products to customers. Therefore, the Group’s ability to control the environmental impact of its logistics partners is limited. The primary impact on the environment, which is entirely within the Group’s control, is the consumption of the normal business energy sources such as heating and power, which the Group aims to minimise through compliance with relevant environmental legislation.
The Group is committed to identifying and assessing environmental risks, such as packaging waste, arising from its operations. Waste management initiatives are encouraged and supported by the Group and materials are recycled where practicable. The Group’s usage of water is minimal and relates to cleaning, bathrooms and staff refreshments.
Local management teams are committed to good environmental management practices and are responsible for implementing the necessary initiatives to meet their local obligations. Each facility participates in recycling paper, plastic, cardboard and wood from pallets and continues to focus on minimising energy consumption through the efficient use of heating and lighting.
The Group does not use its own logistics or freight; hence its primary direct energy usage and related CO2 emissions arise from its facilities. Where possible the Group has reported its figures using billed data, which relates to its UK premises and activities which is where the majority of its employees and premises are located. The Group is working towards compiling data for its global activities over the coming year.