Sustainability Policy

Manic Merchandise is committed to promoting sustainability. Concern for the environment and promoting a broader sustainability agenda are integral to Manic Merchandise’s professional activities and the management of the organisation.

We aim to follow and to promote good sustainability practice, to reduce the environmental impacts of all our activities and to help our clients and partners to do the same.

Principles

Our Sustainability Policy is based upon the following principles:

 

  • To comply with, and exceed where practicable, all applicable legislation, regulations and codes of practice.
  • To integrate sustainability considerations into all our business decisions.
  • To ensure that all staff are fully aware of our Sustainability Policy and are committed to implementing and improving it.
  • To minimise the impact on sustainability of all office and transportation activities.
  • To make clients and suppliers aware of our Sustainability Policy and encourage them to adopt sound sustainable management practices.
  • To review, annually report, and to continually strive to improve our sustainability performance.

Practical steps

In order to put these principles into practice we will:

Travel and meetings

  • Walk, cycle and/or use public transport to attend meetings, site visits etc, apart from in exceptional circumstances where the alternatives are impractical and/or cost prohibitive.
  • Travel to mainland Europe within a 1000km radius (excluding Scandinavia) normally will be undertaken by train.
  • Include the full costs of more sustainable forms of transport in our financial proposals, rather than the least cost option which may involve travelling by car or air. Where the only practical alternative is to fly, we will include costs for full air fares rather than budget airlines in our financial proposals, and appropriate offsets.
  • Avoid physically travelling to meetings etc where alternatives are available and practical, such as using teleconferencing, video conferencing or web cams, and efficient timing of meetings to avoid multiple trips. These options are also often more time efficient, while not sacrificing the benefits of regular contact with clients and partners.
  • Reduce the need for our staff to travel by supporting alternative working arrangements, including home working etc, and promote car sharing scheme to reduce the impact locally.

Purchase of equipment and consumption of resources

  • Minimise our use of paper and other office consumables, for example by double-siding all paper used, and identifying opportunities to reduce waste.
  • As far as possible arrange for the reuse or recycling of office waste, including paper, computer supplies and redundant equipment.
  • Reduce the energy consumption of office equipment by purchasing energy efficient equipment and good housekeeping.
  • Purchase electricity from a supplier committed to renewable energy. Seek to maximise the proportion from renewable energy sources, whilst also supporting investment in new renewable energy schemes.
  • Ensure that timber furniture and any other timber products are recycled or from well-managed, sustainable sources and are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
  • Purchase fair-trade alternatives where possible.

 

Working practices and advice to clients

  • Undertake voluntary work with the local community and / or environmental organisations and make donations to seek to offset carbon emissions from our activities.
  • Ensure that any associates that we employ take account of sustainability issues in their advice to clients.

Monitoring and reporting

Our Sustainability Policy will be monitored and reported on annually (from July 2009), against the objectives and targets.

 

Sources of

impact

Objectives

Policies and Targets

Indicators

 

Actions (2009)

 

Travel by Manic Merchandise staff

To minimise carbon emissions and other impacts by avoiding unnecessary business travel.

 

To minimise the impact of necessary staff business travel by maximising the use of public transport, walking or cycling.

 

To encourage car sharing scheme to minimise carbon emissions

 

To offset the residual carbon emissions from business travel.

80% of the number of journeys by staff on company business by public transport, walking or cycling.

 

All travel to mainland Europe within a 1000km radius (excluding Scandinavia) will normally be undertaken by train.

 

50% increase in car sharing by staff.

 

Increase year on year the proportion of replacements to out of office meetings (e.g. teleconference, video conference and web cam) compared with the total number of meetings.

Number of business journeys by mode / distance travelled by mode per annum.

 

The ratio of distance (km) travelled by train to distance travelled by air (km).

 

Amount of carbon emissions offset per annum.

 

Number of replacements to out of office meetings (e.g. teleconference, video conference and web cam) per annum.

 

Record all lengths of business travel by mode.

 

Record the number of out of office meetings and alternatives (teleconference / video conference / web cam) where it is a replacement for meetings.

 

Develop a target for reducing carbon emissions from air travel per full time employee.

 

Investigate becoming carbon neutral.

 

Produce advice sheet for employees.

 

Office energy consumption

To minimise energy consumption.

 

To minimise the impact of the energy used by supporting renewable energy sources

 

All lighting to use low energy bulbs.

 

As office equipment is replaced, purchase the most energy efficient equipment when compared with alternatives of a similar cost and performance.

 

Maximise the proportion of electricity used from renewable energy sources, whilst also supporting investment in new renewable energy schemes.

Total Manic Merchandise office energy use and average per FTE and £ turnover.

 

Proportion of total Flacon electricity used from renewable sources.

Ensure computer equipment is set to go to standby when left for a short period and equipment turned off at night where practical.

 

Install thermostat for heating, if practicable.

 

Develop target for the proportion of electricity from renewable energy sources.

 

Produce advice sheet for employees.

Paper

To minimise paper use

 

Total paper consumption per FTE will not increase.

Total direct paper consumption and average per FTE and £.

Baseline for monitoring paper use to be established and paper use.

Consumption

To minimise the impacts of producing the paper used

 

All direct paper consumption will be on 100% recycled paper.

 

50% of paper consumption through print orders will be on recycled paper.

All new printers to be capable of duplex printing.

 

Where possible reduce the paper we are using by 20%.

Establish a base line cost for the amount of paper we use. Aim to cut this by 20% in volume.

Monitor.

 

Produce advice for employees.

 

Waste Generation

To minimise the amount of waste generated.

 

To maximise the proportion of waste recycled.

All waste office paper and toner cartridges will be recycled.

 

All glass, cans and plastic bottles will be recycled.

 

Reduce office waste that is not recycled by 50%.

 

All redundant office equipment will be sold or donated for reuse or recycled.

 

As office equipment is replaced, purchase the most resource efficient equipment (e.g. toner waste etc) compared with alternatives of a similar cost and performance.

Establish the number / weight of bags of rubbish generated per annum and average per FTE and £ turnover.

 

Number/ weight of bags of paper recycled per year.

Develop system to record waste generated.

Water Use

To minimise office water use.

As equipment is replaced, purchase the most water efficient equipment when compared with alternatives of a similar cost and performance.

 

Review measures that could be taken to reduce water use

 

Produce advice sheet for employees.

 

Working Environment

To reduce the impact of emissions / toxins from office equipment.

 

 

Create a healthy working environment

– including having plants in the office.

Low level lighting and air conditioning available in summer.

Consumption of other products

To reduce the impacts of beverages purchased and to support fair-trade.

 

To reduce the impact of products purchased (including product miles).

100% of tea and coffee purchased fair-trade.

 

All waste bags to be made from recycled and / or biodegradable plastic.

 

Use re-used office equipment where practical.

 

 

Local

community

To support local businesses and contribute to our local community and the environment.

 

Purchase products and use suppliers locally wherever practical.

 

 

Number of person days of voluntary work undertaken per year.

 

Record number of days of voluntary work.

 

Ben Whibley

Director

6th August 2019