Our Sustainability Policy is based on the following key principles:
Areas of Action – Practical Steps
1. Travel - we will,
2. Sales and Purchase – we will,
3. Design and Build
Although we work in an industry where our clients expect individual and dynamic designs, we will recycle and reuse as many elements as possible, into future designs, to reduce waste and extend product life through multiple ownership. This can be achieved through hire or part hire, part purchase.
Our aim is to advise all clients on the percentage of purchase that will go into land fill and explore ways to carbon offset any items, once recyclable options have been exhausted.
We will ensure that raw materials such as wood and ply are either recycled or sourced from sustainable sources and are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
4. Carbon Foot Print
Our approach to exhibiting overseas is to find the most cost effective and sustainable solution for our clients, whilst maintaining our high levels of build quality and working practices. In the main this can be achieved by designing and project managing the program in the UK whilst using local labour for manufacture. This is achieved through our network of global partners, who in return, use us in the UK and mainland Europe for their builds, to achieve the same sustainability objectives for their clients.
5. Land Fill
As technology improves we are actively encouraging our clients to choose, and our suppliers to provide, alternative materials for banner and graphic printing. With biodegradable and recycled materials and water based ink technology, we are on the way to replacing PVC’s and other long life substrates.
6. Supporting Charities and the Local Community
We appreciate the importance of charity organisations within the local community. Where possible, we will support them by offering products and services at cost, on loan, or free of charge at our discretion. In return, we ask that the charity or organisation add a link to our website from an indexed page of their website (we can advise which pages are suitable). We also ask that a brief case study is supplied along with images of our equipment in use. Failure to provide this information will result in a full invoice. Any delivery costs will need to be covered by the charity or local community.
The company has a policy of not sending out Christmas cards. Instead each year a donation is made to a charity, nominated by our employees. The chosen charity changes on an annual basis.
7. Suppliers and Other Stakeholders
As part of our ethical and sustainability strategy we have regular dialogue with our suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure that they are making attempts to replicate our own working practices. This can include requests to change product materials from existing to those that are more environmentally friendly, recyclable or sustainable. Where suppliers are importing products we request proof of province to ensure that human rights have not been breached.
We work closely with our suppliers and encourage “business partnerships” rather than traditional customer supplier relationships.