Sustainable business journey
becoming a sustainable printer
ONE recycled paper towel creates 10g of CO2e and they can't be recycled. Whereas a Dyson Airblade generates 2g of CO2e.
Easy to see why EDWPS invested in these Dyson hand dryers.
Our main waste is paper, whilst we have always had recycling bins in our warehouse these have now been introduced to our print room and offices.
Read more on for 5 easy sustainable steps any business can adopt
Cycle to work Scheme
The cycle to work scheme allows employees to purchase bicycles with a discount and the cost of the bike then comes out of their salary removing paying Tax and national insurance on the cost.
Electric car charging
We now have 4 electric car charging ports in our car park to encourage, promote and facilitate easy greener travel. Offering free electric car charging for all visitors and employees.
We partnered with Green the UK and pledged to help plant 1 hectare or 9375 square metres of local wildflower meadows.
These carbon storage hotspots capture
twice as much carbon as forestry.
B Corp PENDING
We have started the application to become
B Corp Certified to show our ongoing commitment to doing business the right way.
Looking at our practices and impact under a microscope. For more information please read on below.
EDWPS has made a BIG investment in the Xerox Baltoro Inkjet press. It is cost quality optimised to ensure it runs efficiently with both value, volume and velocity.
Being a Printer Ink is another one of our largest resources which is why we refill and recycle our ink cartridges. Another step on becoming an eco printer, covering all aspects of print. Read on here for more easy sustainable steps for all businesses.
We have switched all possible lighting in our print and mailing house to LED. With auto lights in many of the main areas and parts of the office to help ensure lights are not left on unnecessarily.
We are ISO 14001 accredited which means that we already implement a framework for an effective environmental management system. However we don't want to stop just there in our efforts to become a sustainable printer!
We have been taking strides both big and small to make our business even more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Working hard to become an eco printer and being conscious of our impact. We know there is still a long way to go but please join us on our journey to navigate becoming a sustainable business.
If you are looking for the nitty gritty details they can be found in our policies below.
Our Sustainable efforts
EDWPS are aiming to become B Corporation Certified
EDWPS are starting the journey to become B Corp certified. Joining other like-minded companies that value and care about doing business in the right way.
What is B Corps?
Certified B Corporations are companies that officially meet a high standard of social and environmental performance with transparency and accountability. The standard is verified by B Lab which is the same worldwide. No matter the size of your business or industry sector, B Corps is achievable for all businesses.
How to become a B Corp
Firstly you need to be operating at profit and have been operational for a minimum of 12 months.
Complete and submit the B Impact Assessment online. This is roughly 200 questions including a disclosure questionnaire. These questions are focused on 5 areas: Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers.
If your B Impact Assessment is below 80 you will need to improve your score.
Implement the legal framework into governing documents and submit them to Companies House. As a further commitment to the cause.
Your B Impact Assessment will then be reviewed by B Lab along side your supporting evidence and an interview.
You will then be B Corp certified as long as you've met all of the requirements.
Next steps? Signed the agreement, pay your annual fee and celebrate with your community and stakeholders.
You will be required to produce and publish an annual impact report to show your continued progress and goals.
Why companies are becoming B Corporations?
Companies are choosing to become B Corp Certified for numerous reasons including the following:
Attract like-minded business partners, consumers and employees.
Motivates and engages employees
Increases customer loyalty
Established and trusted benchmark of a trusted business
Demonstrates and advocates for business responsibility
Highlights business can be done in the right way - a balance of profit and purpose.
Commitment to the cause
Kate Jackson Former Contributor for Forbes wrote the following: "There is a widely held view, growing in momentum, that businesses need to play their role in driving societal and environmental change—rather than leaving that to government and charities."
In many instances, it's about businesses' taking the initiative and action to be the change. To be a force for good and be a company that cares beyond the bottom line. To care for all those it may impact from suppliers, retailers as well as end user.