Our sustainability strategy details our commitment to reducing our environmental impact, collaborating for positive societal impact and maintaining high standards of governance.
We have refocused our environmental strategy to manage and mitigate our most significant environmental impacts across our value chain; climate and energy, waste and water. We have developed new long-term environmental targets, ensuring we’re taking the necessary steps to support keeping global.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
As a global business, we understand the importance, influence and duty we have in protecting the environment. We also recognise that certain resources are finite and as such, this presents us with opportunities to explore sustainable solutions that support our business sustainability and protect the environment. Reducing our environmental impact also supports efficiency and cost optimisation and enables us to better comply with evolving environmental legislation.
WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
To further strengthen our governance of environmental issues, in 2020 we reviewed and enhanced our Group Environmental Policy to clearly set out the foundations of our approach to environmental sustainability. All employees and business partners are required to adhere to this policy, which aligns closely with our Supplier Code of Conduct. The policy has been reviewed alongside the Group Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Group Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Framework which support the business with practical steps on how to implement the policy.
We have a long-standing commitment to reducing our environmental impact. Previously, we had set 2020 targets from a 2009 base-year for carbon, energy, waste and water, and these were exceeded ahead of time in 2017. We have made good progress in reducing our environmental impact over the last decade and, following a carbon and water life cycle analysis across our value chain, we have developed new long-term environmental targets for the next 10-30 years.