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Our environment, health and safety

Protecting the environment and our people

We are committed to managing the environmental impacts of our business and ensuring the safety of our people around the world.

Our key environmental impacts include:

  • Energy-related CO2 emissions
  • Waste generation and recycling
  • Packaging use
  • Water consumption

We use energy and other resources efficiently and effectively through continuous improvement to provide our products and services. We also recognise health and safety as key for the continued economic success and sustainable future of the business.

Environment

Our environmental performance is managed through a Group-wide reporting and measurement process. We encourage businesses to gain the ISO14001:2004 Environmental Management Standard where this supports our business objectives.

We have participated in the annual Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) since 2008 and in 2016 were scored top out of 20 in the FTSE 350 ‘Information Technology’ sector with a score of ‘A-’. This places us in the CDP ‘Leadership’ category.

Our UK business has also received the Carbon & Energy Management and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) Gold Certification Award, having reduced carbon emissions each year for the past six years, amounting to a 24% overall reduction.

We comply with the the CRC (Energy Efficiency) scheme applying to all our facilities in the UK and also with Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) (2012/27/EU) applying to our facilities in France, Germany, Italy and the UK.

We also work closely with our providers of third-party logistics to assess the CO2 emissions due to our use of their services and those of their subcontractors. Further understanding of this is allowing us to work with our customers and suppliers to reduce the CO2 emissions and thus the carbon footprint of the distribution supply chain.

Health and safety

We are committed to continually improving our health and safety performance through training and raising awareness of safety in the workplace. Our health and safety systems, processes and organisation are embedded as a core activity and underpin many wider business strategies.

Our core objective is to achieve long-term cultural change within the business, promoting good practice and behaviours amongst all employees, regardless of whether they are office-based, field-based or work at our distribution centres and trade counters.

We continue to work towards Target Zero, our vision of zero accidents or harm to employees, on the basis that all incidents are preventable.

In recognition of our health and safety success we have been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety for the fourth year in succession.

11.1%

Reduction in CO2 emissions intensity

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5,800

Employees around the world

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18%

Reduction in number of accidents

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