One approach we take to achieve this is by using an Environmental Product Matrix, produced in conjunction with our suppliers, which is consistent with the underlying need to ensure products are effectively protected in storage and transit. This Matrix enables our customers to choose packaging, which is fit for purpose, whilst ensuring they still embrace the Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle ethos.
To support our ongoing commitment to improve our environmental performance, we pursue the following objectives:
These objectives are monitored by an internal, independent audit process, providing visibility of a site’s operational activities and its adherence to legislative or Company requirements. Environmental information is recorded, reviewed and analysed, by an identified team to ensure compliance with the Company’s legal obligations and achievement of internal objectives and targets.
The Group continues to make progress in its performance against the identified CR objectives. During 2019, the CR Committee will continue to review environmental performance, actively supporting methods or practices that contribute to the continued development of a culture driven by environmental responsibility.
With the exception of certain recent acquisitions (Network Packaging, Nelsons for Cartons & Packaging, Greenwoods Stock Boxes, Tyler Packaging (Leicester) and Harrisons Packaging), all our UK packaging sites are registered to BSI ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard.
As an internationally recognised standard on environmental management, registration involves a process of continual assessment of our environmental standards and processes. A key objective in 2019 is the development of a transition plan to register recent acquisitions under the standard.