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Sustainability Pledge

Introduction

Increasingly, sustainability is becoming a key issue for businesses and society in general, as people realise that current industrial, economic and social systems are storing up problems for the future. Sustainability is about looking forward to new, better ways of doing things.

 

Fluid View Ltd recognises that businesses can have a negative impact on the environment. We are committed, and enjoy, finding ways in which we can reduce the impact of our work both in the office, when travelling and in our work for clients in Home Staging & Interior Design.

We aim to do our best to work towards sustainability. We’re not perfect, but it is something that we take very seriously. We have a range of environmental, social and financial strategies to help us reduce our negative impact and give something positive back to the world. 

We believe in the 3 fundamental concepts of sustainability:

Environmental – Reducing environmental damage and Co2 emissions to levels that can naturally be absorbed by nature.

Social – Developing a healthy and fair global and local society

Financial - Creating a sustainable business model and stable prosperous economies.

 

Environmental Sustainability

 

Reducing carbon emissions

 

We work to reduce carbon emissions as much as possible in the ways outlined in this pledge.

We want to achieve net zero carbon by 2050 and aim to achieve net zero earlier if possible. We aim to do this in the following ways:

 

Management

 

We regularly assess our current emissions and develop a plan to reduce them.

We are reviewing natural schemes to offset our carbon footprint.

We have published this statement of our Environmental Policy to capture our goals.

We will establish an Environmental Management System (EMS) to monitor progress.

We aim to adopt a sustainable procurement policy by reviewing procurement to include local and sustainable suppliers. Where this is not possible we aim to review the sustainability policy of our suppliers in order to work with ethical brands.

We have developed remote services such as video consultations, digital design schemes and CGI that can be delivered with no physical goods production or transportation.

Transport

 

We encourage alternatives to car use including travelling by public transport.

We promote walking and cycling.

We have a low-emission vehicle. 

We have a no-fly policy for business, and instead work with international clients, staff and partners using web communications and travelling over land if required, where possible by public transport. 

We avoid unnecessary travel by making use of instant messaging, video and audio conferencing, telephone, and email.

 

Energy management

 

We are investigating switching to a green energy supplier.

We keep energy usage low. We make use of low-energy light bulbs throughout and ensure that computers are shut down after work.

We monitor utility use to identify areas for savings.

We have heating controls to save energy.

Resource use

We regularly review operations to reduce the use of raw materials.

We avoid single-use items.

We have an active approach to waste monitoring and reduction.

We offer a furniture rental service rather than purchase which has a positive effect on the use of material resources and carbon emissions.

We aim to purchase products with a lower environmental impact. 

We are aware of the sustainable nature of materials used in furniture and soft furnishing production and aim to reduce the use of items which are not sustainable. 

We aim to use products which have eco-labelling in place such as FSC, PEFC and the Environmental Performance Report. 

We reduce by only buying products that we need, reuse by using second hand products where available and selling our unwanted items and sending items to charity, including British Heart Foundation which has an environmental and social benefit by funding research into a broad range of heart & circulatory diseases.

We try to recycle or compost as much of our waste materials as possible.

We recycle equipment that is no longer of use to the company. For example, giving away items such as computers and printers that we no longer use.

Wherever possible our stationery is recycled or recyclable, hence minimising its impact on the Earth. 

We use wood and paper only from sustainable sources where available. 

We purchase products made with recycled paper. For example, paper towels, printer paper.

We try to avoid using physical stationery and printing documents wherever possible. For example, we send digital design schemes, invoices and quotes via email as PDF files

We reuse wastepaper from the printer where possible, making use of the blank side for notes, etc.

We consider our digital carbon footprint and avoid unnecessary emails and video downloads. We reduce computer and technical upgrades in order to reduce this technical carbon footprint.

All of our cleaning products are natural and biodegradable.

We use low-energy appliances wherever available. 

 

Working with others

 

We have existing collaborations and work with others to achieve better environmental outcomes. 

Client sustainability advice

We aim to provide our clients with sustainable options for products and services.

We advise clients about products including materials, furniture and textiles for their home staging or interior design projects which have a lower environmental impact.

 

We advise clients about reuse, recycling and reducing options to maximise their budget and produce lasting, quality design schemes.

 

Natural environment

 

We have created wildlife habitats on our grounds.

We aim to plant trees or hedges in our grounds or community.

We aim to harvest rainwater or grey water to use on-site.

 

Social Sustainability

We comply with all equal opportunity laws and regulations.

We use fairtrade products where appropriate.

We aim only to deal with ethical organisations, which treat their staff well.

Our digital bank is branchless and paperless. It offset its emissions by purchasing carbon credits and is committed to net zero by 2025

 

Financial Sustainability

We will build a strong, ethical, valuable brand.

We will avoid ethical liabilities by implementing our social and environmental sustainability policies.

We will implement simple and effective business systems so that the business runs efficiently.

 

Annual Review

As part of our Sustainability Policy and Net Zero Business Pledge, we will carry out an annual review to assess progress against our commitments. 

Company: Fluid View Ltd

Date Updated: 1st January 2024

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