We believe that we all have a responsibility to look after ourselves, our communities and our environment.
We recognise that our business activities may cause a significant impact on all three.
Therefore we have committed considerable resources to limit and reduce that impact, as well as endeavouring to create a more sustainable way of doing business.
Working to create a better future is an ongoing improvement process and we continually strive to lessen any negative impact our business may have.
This policy sets out what we have achieved and what we hope to achieve.
We care passionately for the environment because our future depends upon it, and our staff are dedicated to reducing waste and increasing our levels of recycling.
We continually review our processes and procedures in the key areas of:
Energy consumption; Water usage; Packaging; General Waste; Transport.
The implementation of a comprehensive environmental management system has resulted in our sister company A. McLay and Co Ltd achieving ISO14001 – the International Standards Organisation’s certification for improving environmental performance and procedures.
Achieving this standard does not mean that we can now stop considering all environmental aspects of of our business. We have an on-going commitment to continuously improve and review our environmental progress.
Our production processes are under constant review and we have reduced the use of alcohol solutions on presses, vegetable-based printing inks and aqueous coatings.
We work with certification organisation SGS to ensure the highest environmental standards are achieved with our partner suppliers and can provide certificates by requests for individual suppliers.
The use of Forest Stewardship Council certified fibre in our products, as well as the provision of recycled and recyclable materials, gives our customers greater opportunities to consider their own Corporate Social Responsibility improvements.
We will always strive to help our customers improve their own environment impact and promise to share our best practice with them whenever we can.
Our Ethical Standards
As a responsible and caring company, which has operations and supplier relationships on several continents, we are fully committed to supporting the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation
Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
We will not tolerate using any suppliers which do not uphold the same rigorous standards of ethical working practices as we do.
We do not, and will not, employ illegal child labour, forced or bonded labour, forced overtime or condone illegal child labour.
We work with the not-for-profit Sedex organisation which supplies company information on a suppliers’ labour standards, its health and safety, its environmental impact and its ethics.
In addition to this, our staff visit supplier factories regularly so they can see working conditions and the treatment of staff first-hand.
Sports clubs are often described as the glue that binds communities together and we are proud to have been associated with several of them over the years.
Not only are they an important part of community life, these clubs often give youngsters the confidence and skills to be fit and healthy for the rest of their lives.
By supporting such clubs we believe that we are contributing to the development of our most important assets – our communities.
We are always seeking opportunities to further deepen our links with local community groups as well as other charitable partners.