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Policies

Environmental policy


Ecotec Filters are committed to reducing our impact upon the environment. Firstly, we source locally wherever feasible to cut down on carbon emissions from transporting our filters. We employ energy saving ideas at our office such as working towards a paperless office, using energy saving lighting and using efficient heating. We use recycling bins for tin, metal, paper and card and endeavour to keep our wastage down to a minimum. We are therefore committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy and operating methods. We strongly believe in helping to create a cleaner environment, and some of our products contribute towards this goal. Please help us to help the environment by emailing Purchase orders. It is our priority to encourage our customers, suppliers and all business associates to do the same. Not only is this sound commercial sense for all; it is also a matter of delivering on our duty of care towards future generations.


Our policy is to


  • Wholly support and comply with or exceed the requirements of current environmental legislation and codes of practice.
  • Minimise our waste and then reuse or recycle as much of it as possible
  • Minimise energy and water usage in our buildings, vehicles and processes in order to conserve supplies, and minimise our consumption of natural resources, especially where they are non-renewable.
  • Operate and maintain company vehicles (where appropriate) with due regard to environmental issues as far as reasonably practical and encourage the use of alternative means of transport and car sharing as appropriate.
  • Apply the principles of continuous improvement in respect of air, water, noise and light pollution from our premises and reduce any impacts from our operations on the environment and local community.
  • As far as possible purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment and encourage others to do the same.
  • Assess the environmental impact of any new processes or products we intend to introduce in advance.

Corporate social responsibility policy


We recognise that we must integrate our business values and operations to meet the expectations of our customers, employees, investors, suppliers, the community and the environment. We recognise that our social, economic and environmental responsibilities to these stakeholders are integral to our business. We aim to demonstrate these responsibilities through our actions and within our corporate policies. We take seriously all feedback that we receive from our stakeholders and, where possible, maintain open dialogue to ensure that we fulfil the requirements outlined within this policy. We shall be open and honest in communicating our strategies, targets, performance and governance to our stakeholders in our continual commitment to sustainable development. The Managing Director is responsible for the implementation of this policy and will make the necessary resources available to realise our corporate responsibilities. The responsibility for our performance on this policy rests with all employees throughout the company.



Our partnership focus


  • We shall ensure a high level of business performance while minimising and effectively managing risk ensuring that we uphold the values of honesty, partnership and fairness in our relationships with all our stakeholders.
  • We shall support the development of our external stakeholders through led training courses and using our facilities for all of our business partners to hold seminars and industry meetings
  • Our contracts will clearly set out the agreed terms, conditions and the basis of our relationship and will operate in a way that safeguards against unfair business practices.
  • We shall encourage suppliers and contractors to adopt responsible business policies and practices
  • We shall encourage dialogue with local communities for mutual benefit
  • We will register and resolve customer complaints in accordance with our standards of service.
  • We shall support and encourage our employees to help local community organisations and activities in our region, particularly our employee chosen charities.
  • We shall work with local schools, colleges and universities to assist young people in choosing their future careers, being an advocate for our industry
  • We shall operate an equal opportunities policy for all present and potential future employees and will offer our employees clear and fair terms of employment and provide resources to enable their continual development
  • We shall maintain a clear and fair employee remuneration policy and shall maintain forums for employee consultation and business involvement
  • We shall provide safeguards to ensure that all employees of whatever nationality, colour, race or religious belief are treated with respect and without sexual, physical or mental harassment
  • We shall provide, and strive to maintain, a clean, healthy and safe working environment in line with our Health and Safety policy and safe systems of work
  • We shall develop Environmental policies and objectives as part of the business planning cycle.

Improve sustainability energy & waste policy


In recent years, environmental sustainability has become increasingly important for most organizations. Managing, monitoring and improving it has become a board priority. As well as the obvious financial benefits of improving environmental efficiency, organizations want to be – and be seen to be – socially responsible. In addition, environmental standards and legislation are becoming increasingly stringent.


Measures and activities


The government defined a set of measures to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and deal responsibly with waste. Ecotec Filters Ltd follows these Guidelines with for example Energy, We only use energy saving light fitments and bulbs, switch off lights office policy and take action against energy wastage, The successful management of environmental impacts is to allow the use of energy, natural resources, and waste in a manner that ensures the long term sustainability of Ecotec Filters. With increased environmental legislation, there is a possibility of penalties for non compliance – these are most likely to be financial and can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Other related costs include legal bills and loss of management time. Compliance and engagement with environmental issues can also protect the sustainability of the business in the longer term.


Recruitment & retention


Environmental policies and practices can help improve the morale of existing employees, and can also act as an incentive to attract staff at all levels we want our organisation to take an environmental stance and that may be similar to our potential employee. Would you want to work for an organisation with a poor environmental record?


Developing our effective energy - waste-pollution programme


  • We establish what the existing resource needs of your organisation are, by conducting an initial environmental review. This includes, for example, energy usage, water usage, waste recycling, and we manage our environmental impact
  • Engage employees in debates to identify areas where environmental initiatives including cost savings can be made, whether large or small, and prioritise action.
  • Assess what the costs and benefits of action may be, but also consider what the costs of non-action are.
  • Ensure that the board and senior management agree a documented policy that develops out of these consultations and that it is communicated internally and externally.
  • We assign the responsibility for environmental management to our senior manager, and provide her or him with the necessary support and resources.
  • Raise awareness and train employees in aspects of implementing and delivering the policy and developing the environmental management system.
  • Monitor progress in terms of environmental impact reduction and savings realised. Review the effectiveness of the actions taken, to allow progress to be maintained against longer term objectives.
  • Set key indicators to enable successes to be measured and to determine whether further action is needed in certain areas.
  • Communicate success, progress and ensure that ongoing challenges are routinely communicated to our staff.
  • Aim for continuous improvement, as company energy and Waste use and resource needs change. Monitor priorities which may require taking a periodical look at the environmental commitments made by Ecotec Filters Ltd.
  • Consider setting aside cost savings derived from environmental improvements to be used to support development of further environmental policy commitments.

Good practice


Reduce environmental impact:


Water


  • Review the use of water at each site
  • Consider installation of dual flush/hippo systems for toilets
  • Push taps/motion sensitive taps
  • Repair any leaks

Waste resource


  • Carry out a waste review and implement waste minimisation strategy
  • Can consumption be reduced, reused or recycled? (eg: single sided paper can be used as scrap paper before being recycled)
  • Is there recycling of all paper, plastic, metal or card?

Premises


  • Ensure regular maintenance of the building is carried out
  • Install Insulation
  • Install Double glazing
  • Install Solar panels
  • Encourage the use of natural light and ventilation

Energy consumption (carbon footprint)


  • Turn off electrical appliances (the Carbon Trust says that on average offices waste £6000 a year by leaving equipment on over weekends and bank holidays)
  • Reduce thermostat temperature (1 degree can affect a heating bill by 10%)
  • Consider teleconferencing e.g. Skype to reduce travel emissions and associated expense
  • Is electricity obtained from ‘green sources’ or is self-generation an option?

Supply chain


We ask our suppliers about their environmental management policies. For any issues related to our policies, contact our filtration manager on 0161 9719041