We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children

David Brower

 

Environmental objectives and targets

In order to measure the effectiveness of Impact's Environmental Management System, environmental objectives and key performance targets are set at board level. They are integrated into our company wide strategy and are reviewed periodically.

Management objectives

For policies to be effective they must be derived and driven from management level. At Impact we have regular management reviews of the environment policy. The efficiency of these decisions can be determined through meeting targets, which are outlined below.

  • Impact will meet all environmental targets set
  • 100% of all Impact staff will be inducted into the Environment Management System (EMS) within three months of their employment
  • The EMS will be reviewed quarterly by the Environment Advisor and the UK Leadership Team
  • Updates to all Impact staff will be communicated quarterly

Operational objectives

The daily operations of our business have the most potential to cause harm to the environment within which we work. It is important to manage these risks through identification and control measures.

Climate Change
  • We will reduce our carbon output from energy use in Impact International LLP offices by 30% by 2015 from 2008 base levels
  • Research further opportunities to change our energy tariff to include a greater proportion of renewable sources and implement viable options by the end of 2014
  • For every company transport need, public transport will be used as the first choice over vehicles and flying where practicable
  • When purchasing or leasing new company vehicles, the most fuel efficient vehicles will be considered 
  • Further develop and quantify low carbon learning methods e.g. Virtual Learning, Video Conferencing
  • Investigate strategies to totally remove the use of coal in hotel fireplaces by the end of 2014
Waste
  • We will recycle 100% of all possible paper, plastic and cardboard
  • We will continue to develop our water saving strategy
  • Considerations of waste will be taken into account when designing new projects 
  • Investigate the possibility of creating a zero waste to landfill target by the end of 2014
Outdoor Activities
  • There will be no environmental accidents
  • We will implement a procedure for updating Environmental Impact Assessments of our activity sites
  • We will continue to develop the estate through the woodland management plan for improved environmental and ecological wealth
  • We will create better access to the estate woodlands to encourage hotel guests and Impact staff/participants to get closer to the woodland and increase awareness of environmental issues. We will complete these pathways involving local community groups to produce information boards around the trails by the end of 2014

Policy and Procedures

  • We will continue to incorporate conservation projects into staff Learning in the Community commitments
  • Implement the updated suppliers policy by the end of 2014
  • By the end of 2014 we have engaged with a supplier to help improve their environmental performance
  • Achieve a new external accreditation for the Environmental Management System by the end of 2014
  • Maintain profile and influence in local environmental forums, specifically Lake District National Park, Cumbria Woodlands, Windermere Reflections, Adventure and Environmental Awareness Group
  • Develop the internal cross functional focus group (Environment Team) to have a measurable increase in employee engagement by the end of 2014
  • Increase the 2014 score from the Great Places to Work Survey to 95% of our employees believe that we are working to reduce our environmental impact.
  • Update the London Office Code of Practice for environmental performance by the end of 2014
  • Increase international office engagement in environmental issues affecting Impact and qualify progression of country specific environmental policies

Marketing materials

Impact is committed to always using recycled, environmentally friendly or sustainable materials for our marketing literature. This message now appears on all our marketing material. Some information on the typical papers we use is below.

Environmentally friendly paper
Fibre source - virgin wood fibre from sawmill residues, forest thinnings and sustainable forests in Finland and Russia.
Mill broke - all broke is recycled and is used in the manufacturing process.
Bleaching - pulps used in the production are Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) - no chlorine is used to bleach the paper pulp.
Disposal of waste by-products - landfill adhering to strict local laws – Only inert waste / materials that cannot be recycled.
Paper mill effluent - water used is suitably treated and in most cases returned to source in a better condition than when removed, in accordance with strict local laws.

Recycled paper
Fibre source - usually between 25% (minimum) and 100% de-inked post-consumer waste. Remaining pulp content comprises up to 75% Virgin wood fibre from sawmill residues, forest thinnings and sustainable forests.
Bleaching - pulps used in the production are Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) - no chlorine is used to bleach the paper pulp.
Disposal of waste by-products - landfill adhering to strict local laws – Only inert waste / materials that cannot be recycled.
Paper mill effluent - water used is suitably treated and in most cases returned to source in a better condition than when removed, in accordance with strict local laws.

In both instances the paper itself is recyclable and bio-degradable and all our literature is printed using vegetable oil based inks.

Also our branded pens are made from recycled car parts.

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