At UKOS we measure our carbon emissions in accordance with GHG (GREENHOUSE GAS) protocol Guidelines and have achieved a reduction of 24% since 2008.
The largest areas of reduction have been seen in scope 1 emissions through the introduction of our reduced delivery schedules (RDS), and our strict reduction policies in Gas and Electric at both Hemel and Knutsford sites.
We continually strive for further reductions to meet our ever more challenging targets.
Ethical Supply / Sustainable Procurement
Our purchasing policies favour those suppliers with well-established social and environmental practices and avoid those known to breach employee rights, exercise discrimination or utilise unethical practises. Imperial College London has audited the UKOS upstream supply chain, specifically focusing on the ethical standards of our suppliers. The audit was tasked to identify the source of products and materials supplied to UKOS, identify ethical issues, map risks across the supply chain, identify potential hotspots and establish a scoring system for assessing supplier’s reliability in managing ethical risks. The ethical audits established 2 key findings:
- No immediate unethical practices have been found in our supply chain.
- Eight suppliers have demonstrated sound ethical management systems and been awarded the highest available score (32). 92% of Directory sales relate to products from these suppliers.
These products are highlighted in the directory with the ‘Ethical Supply’ symbol.
Sunday Times Awards
UKOS has been included in the highly credible Sunday Times Best Green Companies award for 3 years running and recently ranked in 1st position – Britain’s Best Green Company. In order to top the list UKOS led a field including some of the UK’s biggest and best known companies. The award is unique, taking into account not only carbon reduction and internal environmental management, but also the level of employee engagement and executive leadership.
Each year UKOS hold a Sustainability Forum to engage with our customers and suppliers. The aim of the forum is to collaborate in the reduction of both carbon and risk from our shared supply chains. The format encourages feedback, shared ideas and knowledge transfer. Delegates enjoy a relaxed but informative approach whilst obtaining valuable information relevant to their roles.