working together we can achieve sustainable success
Equality and accessibility are the bedrock of future environmental regeneration, so our social impact is a key pillar in our journey towards greater sustainability.
Our business objectives and activities are based on five core social commitments:
Reduction in consumption and production is essential to the waste hierarchy. To examine where we can reduce we can ask ourselves:
Reusing or re-purposing items means not only less waste but also less energy usage. For example, re-purposing food waste through composting, which in turn can be used to grow more plants.
There are very few materials that cannot be recycled, but recycling facilities have a high financial and energy cost. So, whilst the recycling element is a popular focus of many community eco drives, it stays at the bottom of the hierarchy as the least efficient option above landfill.
The focus of our Carbon Management Plan is to reduce carbon emissions within our operations as our business continues to grow. In our commitment to reduce transport emissions and become more efficient we aim to reduce the number of material deliveries we make to our customer locations.
We aim to ensure 80% of our deliveries exceed the minimum cash value of €75 to meet our target commitment to reduce emissions from the volume of low-value deliveries.
Our Operations Support Team are trained on the negative carbon emission impact frequent small deliveries have on our environment.
We have added the new challenge to the Operation Team’s KPIs to ensure targets are met through monthly performance reviews.
A number of our executive team already drive EVs and we want to go further. Outsource Support intends to transition new vehicle purchases to fully electric vehicles in support of the Government’s 2030 target.
Our rigorous auditing process involves a sustainability assessment of potential suppliers, and requires evidence of their commitment, including ISO accreditations and Outsource Support reporting.
We endeavour to integrate sustainability into every part of our business. We only use products that are effective, planet-conscious and cruelty-free, and we choose equipment that helps to reduce energy and water usage. We want to maximise value for our customers while working to protect and enrich the planet.
We use Numatic’s latest eco-efficient models to provide a 30% reduction in energy consumption. The 420W high-efficiency motor of the ERP180, delivers professional cleaning while reducing energy usage and cost by an estimated 46%.
Our Pulse Mops employ washable microfibre mop-heads and cloths to use less water and minimise waste. Pulse mops are also ergonomically friendly – weighing just 1.7kg when full loaded with solution, the trigger handle allows for one-handed operation, helping to reduce repetitive strain injury.
More than 75% of BioHygiene’s technology comes from sustainable and renewable sources, which have a neutral or positive CO2 e impact. Bio Hygiene uses 4th generation technology, combining sustainable biotechnology such as enzymes, organic acids, fermentation extracts and microbes with 100% recycled plastic bottles and FSC certified packaging.
We recently rolled out a recycled uniform range across the company in collaboration with our suppliers. These new polo tops and soft shell jackets are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and our aim is have 100% of staff wearing recycled uniforms by 2025. We are also working closely with suppliers to have a closed loop system in place that will see all old uniforms un-branded, and sent to charities who can re badge them, or recycled into blankets that can be distributed out to homeless charities.