UK paper supplier PaperCo is formalizing its social, environmental and economic initiatives into a specific and measurable Corporate Responsibility strategy.
Managing director Alistair Gough, who chairs a newly formed CR Committee, says: “We have been working with and helping many of our key clients to deliver against their own CR policies, particularly the environmental aspects. Recognizing the increasing public, governmental and business awareness of how companies conduct their business we have decided to further develop our own CR initiatives and to position ourselves for audit on the social, environmental and economic elements of our operation in future.”
PaperCo was one of the first merchants to achieve both FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody certification. The company also maintains the environmental management standard BS 8555. In 2007 it initiated recycling programmes across the business and developed a waste collection proposition to support its customers.
Most recently it has switched all its operations to 100 per cent renewable energy sources through a provider which uses only green energy from wind power, biomass, municipal incinerated waste, hydroelectric power and landfill mass. As a result, the company is exempt from the Climate Change Levy.
“Ethical behaviour is an issue we take very seriously,” says Alistair Gough, “and we have the drive and commitment to formalize a group wide strategy which will be embraced at local level.”
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