During the year, the Group has worked to develop an ethos of environmental responsibility. In the UK, our largest operation, initiatives have included:
Year-on-year energy usage is falling in spite of business growth. This is through working to ensure that our buildings, energy-management and monitoring systems are effective and efficient.
Minimising the use of paper
We continue to encourage customers, Business Partners and suppliers to use on-line services as opposed to paper-based services. Paper represents a considerable area of consumption for the Group and whilst there is a need for the business to continue to use paper for its communications, it has a policy for use of recycled paper and double-sided printing in its operations.
Waste reduction and recycling
The UK operation recycles its general paper, cardboard and non-confidential waste. Confidential waste paper is shredded and, where possible, recycled. Redundant IT equipment is disposed of in line with the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive 2007. Printer cartridges and mobile phones are sent to recycling organisations at the end of their useful lives.
The Group endeavours to reduce its own carbon footprint whilst also encouraging its employees to reduce their own carbon footprint. In the UK, we are encouraging employees to use public transport, cycle, walk or car-share instead of using their own vehicles.