Environment

Environmental & Waste Management Policy


Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd recognises that, as a manufacturer of joinery & woodworking products, our business has an impact on the environment in terms of the waste it generates, its use of raw materials & emissions to air and water.  We are committed to protecting our local environment and employees and accept that we have a responsibility to minimise any potential harmful effects arising from our activities.

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Through a process of regular monitoring of our environmental performance against objectives, we aim to balance our business needs with environmental considerations, and to continually improve so as to contribute towards sustainable development in order to meet our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. In so doing we will undertake to meet, if not exceed, all relevant environmental regulations and legislation.

 

We recognise that our employees have an important role in enabling us to meet our objectives. We will ensure they are made aware of our commitments and are given the training and support to enable them to play their part.

 

To help us realise our commitments we have in place processes and procedures that help us to:

 

  • Identify, minimise or eliminate, any risk of pollution
  • Maximise our use of materials, so as to reduce waste
  • Source environmentally friendly materials wherever practical
  • Maintain our accreditation with sustainable timber verification agencies
  • Maintain our accreditation with quality system verification agencies to ensure efficient use of resources
  • Reduce to a minimum our use of packaging
  • Recycle, as much as possible, all packaging received from suppliers
  • Ensure the responsible disposal of our non-recyclable waste
  • Conserve energy & water
  • Use environmentally friendly means of travel wherever practical and encourage our employees to do likewise.

 

We will work towards ensuring that the above procedures are, at a minimum, in accordance with those set out in ISO14001:2004.

 

We are committed to working with our neighbours, our suppliers and our customers, not only to help us improve our environmental performance, but also to help them improve theirs.

 

We will continually review this environmental policy and update it whenever necessary.


Sustainable Timber Procurement Policy


As a user of timber and wood-based products, Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd recognises that it has a responsibility to current and future generations. By sourcing timber products, wherever and whenever possible, from sustainably managed forests, we aim to stimulate the improvement of forest management and discourage unsustainable timber management practices.

 

We consider it important that the origin of our sustainable wood-based products is demonstrated through credible, independent Chain of Custody certification based on international standards and norms. In this context, we recognise credible third-party certification systems accepted by government procurement policies and guidelines, such as the EU Timber Regulations, the UK Central Point of Expertise of Timber or the EU Green Public Procurement criteria, as evidence of responsible, sustainable sourcing. This includes the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the two largest forest certification systems globally.

 

Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd recognises that:

 

Forests are essential for our survival and are amongst the most bio diverse and valuable terrestrial ecosystems on the planet. The biodiversity of forests; the variety of genes, species, and forest ecosystems, is the basis for long-term forest health and stability.

 

  • Promoting ways to use forest biodiversity in a sustainable way, and with clear social and economic benefits, is important.
  • Forest certification provides evidence of sustainable forest management. Mainstream forest certification systems will assist in promoting sustainable forest management.

 

In light of the above, the Organisation explicitly agrees currently and in the future not to be directly or indirectly involved in the following unacceptable activities:

 

  • Illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products
  • Violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations
  • Destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations
  • Significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use
  • Introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations
  • Purchase timber from areas of conflict or where any UN sanctions are in force

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