environmental policy

As a business we set high standards of environmental performance across all our manufacturing sites and work closely with our supply chain to play our part in conserving the world’s natural resources. In order to minimise our impact on the environment, we have developed an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System designed to continuously improve our environmental performance.

In particular:

We meet and, where practical, exceed all legislative, regulatory and other requirements, which apply to our business and our Environmental aspects.

We work with our timber suppliers to meet the requirements of FSC and the government endorsed CPET environmental timber purchasing policy.

We promote, wherever possible, those products which contribute to conservation of resources and energy and are committed to reduction of our Co2 and GHG.

We are working to find better ways of reducing waste, while improving the recycling and reuse of waste that we generate.

We are committed to the prevention of pollution in all forms and are reducing air pollution, particularly from our boiler plants. We ensure that effluent discharges are minimised and the possibilities of accidental water pollution are eliminated.

We aim to continually improve the environmental performance of the company by setting clear objectives, targets and supporting programmes.

We are raising awareness and understanding of the company's environmental policy and its implications to all persons who work for and on behalf of the company.

We encourage an open and ongoing dialogue with those individuals or organisations that have a bona fide interest in the company’s activities and shall make available information on our environmental performance on a regular basis.

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Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw Timber Purchasing Policy

Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw is committed to the following principles:

1. Responsibility
The company recognises its responsibility to all customers, suppliers and staff to base its commercial activities on well-managed forests.

2. Legality & Sustainability
As part of this policy the Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw avoid using:
Wood that has been illegally harvested
Wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights
Wood harvested in forests where global environmental conservation priorities are
threatened by management activities
Wood harvested from converted plantations, or non forest use
Wood from genetically modified trees.

3. Endangered Species
The company will not source any timber species prohibited under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

4. Traceability and Supplier Monitoring
The company will seek from suppliers:

a - evidence of commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance.
b - clearest practicable information on the sources of wood products.
c - evidence of good forest management practice at the origin of wood products.

5. Timber Certification
The company will only accept or use certificates which include claims of environmental soundness or sustainability if these are supported by publicly available standards drawn up in a fully participatory, transparent and objective manner and backed by independent inspection E.g. FSC PEFC

6. Avoid Boycotts
The company will not encourage boycotts or bans on specific species of timber. Notwithstanding this, the company will cease to source any species if its supply is in breach of principles 2 or 3 above.

7. Avoid Misleading Claims
The company will at all times strive to avoid misleading and unsubstantiated environmental claims in relation to wood products supplies.

8. Preparing Staff
The company will ensure that all employees associated with timber purchasing are encouraged to act in accordance with this Policy and are given appropriate education and training to do so, if required.

9. Management
The company has appointed a Senior Executive to be responsible for the implementation of this Policy and will ensure that environmental issues relevant to the Policy are discussed regularly at the highest level of management.

10. Continuous Improvement
The company will define its own programmes and establish its own objectives and targets, to achieve continuous improvement in environmental performance.