Environmental Policy Statement
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY STATEMENT
Our primary services are printing, exhibition / display systems, design and website production. Our printing services are primarily digital and as such do not use printing plates or any chemicals. Paper wastage is minimal as our make ready process is usually only a few sheets, unlike conventional print. We advise clients on the benefits of printing only what is required as we offer print on-demand. Where conventional print is used we aim for the majority to be FSC* approved.
In order to promote good environmental practices, our environmental policy is:
- To identify the significant environmental impacts of our activities.
2. To develop suitable objectives, targets and management programmes, applying appropriate operational procedures to minimise our significant environmental impacts during normal, abnormal and emergency conditions.
3. To comply with relevant legislation, regulation and other requirements relating to our significant environmental impacts.
4. To prevent pollution, minimise our inputs of utilities and resources and the outputs of emissions to the atmosphere, effluents to waters/sewers and wastes to disposal facilities; endeavouring to re-use, recover or recycle materials where practicable.
5. To ensure that environmental responsibilities are defined, communicated and understood at all levels within our organisation and provide appropriate training where needed.
6. To ensure that suppliers and contractors understand the Company Policy and assist them in developing appropriate systems and a responsible approach with regard to environmental issues.
7. To communicate, co-operate and respond to the views of interested parties, customers and the general public, on environmental issues, where this is practicable and likely to result in an overall improved environmental performance.
8.To strive for continual improvement in overall environmental performance.
RGPS strives to minimise the use of energy resulting from its activities through making energy efficiency a key consideration when purchasing and maintaining lighting, heating and printing equipment. All building lights are switched off by 6.30pm, and any individuals working thereafter are responsible for ensuring that lights/PCs are turned off after use. All Apple Macs, PCs and printers are set to make use of environmental features such as power save settings. Where possible all items are switched off, rather than placed on standby setting at the end of the business day.
Where possible we minimise the use of paper in our offices. Waste resulting from our operations will be reduced, reused or recycled where practicable. Where possible all ink and toner cartridges for printing equipment within RGPS is returned to the supply company for recycling or third party companies for refilling and reuse. RGPS will strive to minimise the amount of packaging on outgoing products and to re-use as much incoming packaging as possible. Any remaining waste will be disposed of by licensed contractors.
When purchasing, RGPS uses environmental responsibility as a factor in its decisions and therefore help minimise our impact on the environment. Where possible, we strive to purchase products and services from companies with proven environmental performance. We ensure any sub-contracted print suppliers adhere to environmental programmes.
Communications & Travel
Minimise all company travel by utilising latest technology; email, web systems, file transfer, fax or phone to conduct communications with clients and suppliers. Extensive efforts have been made by RGPS to promote print purchasing online via our website rather than the traditional sales representative/client visit model.
Train staff to ensure that the workforce understands the actual and potential environmental impacts of both individual and company activities, and environmental policy commitments. Actively promote the communication of issues concerning the environment to staff, suppliers and customers through appropriate means.
Joe Costandi, RGPS Director, 1st August 2011.
*What is FSC? The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-for-profit organisation, which promotes responsible management of the world’s forest plantations and the environment. Its membership includes The National Trust, the Forest Management Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace UK, The Woodland Trust, WWF UK and a number of international retailers. The FSC stamp provides assurance that paper is manufactured from the material sourced from forests certified according to strict environmental, social and economical standards.
The FSC system demands direct traceability to particular wood sources and provision of a chain of custody throughout the supply process, including paper mills, merchants and printers.