Dawkins Group recognises that as a company our work may have a direct or indirect impact on the local, regional and global environment. We are committed to minimising our negative impacts and acting in a sustainable way, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
WHILE WE WORK
Of all our activities we are aware that our printing activities are the area with the greatest environmental impacts, and we have taken steps to reduce these impacts and encourage our customers to do so as well.
We believe in our responsibility to care and protect the environment. We aim to provide sustainable solutions with our energy efficient construction methods. We place particular emphasis on significant environmental aspects such as waste management for the protection of wildlife and habitats.
We pursue waste management schemes, together with the recycling of waste materials and we specify, where possible, the use of environmentally friendly materials. We are committed to re-using surplus materials on sites. Our transportation initiatives aim to eliminate the environmental impact of disposing of such materials.
Dawkins Group seeks to deal with suppliers and sub-contractors wherever possible that carry their own environmental codes of practice and we actively encourage the adoption of sound environmental principles.
We endeavour to minimise the environmental impact of our operations and reduce, wherever possible, the effects of noise, dust, disturbance and inconvenience to others.
We try to eliminate waste at source and some of the ways we do this is:
The use of electronic communications – unless our customers request otherwise we send all our quotes, invoices and other communications via email. This saves on both paper and also carbon miles for postage It is company policy that any document that does need to be printed is done where possible in draft format to use the as little waste ink as possible We reuse paper where possible as packing and space sheets in our printing services. Another example of this is when we had to reprint our letterheads due to a change in company details, we bound all our redundant letterhead to use as office notebooks, rather than simply disposing or recycling the paper.
We recycle whenever possible. At the end of its practical life any hardware is cleared of information and passed to the local Environ office, or equivalent, to be refurbished or used as parts. All of our staff work mainly from home and utilise the recycling schemes implemented by the local council.
Like all companies our purchasing decisions are influenced by cost, however this by no means our only consideration, and we make a conscious effort to ensure we are buying from sustainable sources, which are local if possible. All the paper we use in our printing comes from FSC sources as a minimum As standard the ink we use in our printing services is vegetable oil based not petroleum based, making it significantly lower in harmful VOC’s All our packaging boxes are 100% recycled material and we don’t use packing material that is non-biodegradable Wherever possible we try and purchase goods and services locally, to help the local economy and to reduce carbon miles.
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY
At Dawkins Group we believe it is important to support our local community and where possible we link with other local businesses to provide our services.
OUR COMMITMENT TO HELPING OUR CLIENTS
Although at Dawkins Group we do not see it as our place to lecture clients on being ‘green’, we do believe that we can have a significant role to play in raising awareness of green alternatives and helping our clients to achieve their own green policies. We work hard to ensure we provide the best possible value for money allowing our customers to get the best value services and increase their
e-communications whilst hopefully at the same time reducing the amount of postage and paper they use.
At Dawkins Group we have undertaken a commitment to make our travel as green as possible. We plan our routes carefully to reduce our mileage, and subsequently our carbon emissions.