environmental policy

Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw believes that businesses have a responsibility for achieving good environmental practice and operating in a sustainable manner.

Therefore as an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy and operating methods we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance.

We 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.

This is achieved by the following:

Comply with or exceed the requirements of current environmental legislation and codes of practice, assisted with accreditation to ISO 14001, FSC and accreditations with other professional bodies.

Minimise our waste, specifically by reducing waste to landfill, reuse or recycle as much of it as possible including charity donations of surplus and suitable waste materials to local and national organisations.

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. Review the evidence for CO2 emission reduction potential and cost-effectiveness across policies that target company car and commercial transportation technology/choice.

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.

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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.