We are committed to pursuing best practice in environmental management and reducing the impacts of the Group on the natural environment both in our own operations and in our wider value chain.
We expect Suppliers to identify, understand and actively work towards avoiding, minimising and mitigating their associated impacts on the natural environment.
Where practicable, this should include establishing an environmental policy and management system.
Environmental impacts can include (but are not limited to) impacts relating to emissions to air, water, land and forests, use of materials, natural resource consumption and waste management practices.
Where relevant, Suppliers should also have consideration for protecting biodiversity, including the prevention of deforestation and fragmentation of habitats, and the protection of endangered and threatened species.
Where practicable, we expect Suppliers to manage, monitor and maintain a record of their environmental performance.
Where relevant and practicable, this should include setting key performance indicators to measure progress against environmental plans or targets and to drive continuous improvement.
We expect Suppliers to integrate environmental considerations into their product design, operations and/ or provision of services.
Where relevant, this should include contributing to a circular economy by using less virgin and finite materials and designing out waste to keep materials in use for longer.
Cooperating with the Group
We expect Suppliers to provide the Group (where requested) with available information relating to their environmental performance and with reasonable assistance as we seek to reduce the environmental impacts of our operations, products and services.
Where relevant, this may include (but not be limited to):
- Life cycle assessments in relation to the Group’s products;
- Data and information relating the waste footprint of Group products; and
- Carbon reduction plans in relation to the Group’s Scope 3 emissions.
What are Scope 3 emissions?
Carbon emissions are categorised into three groups or ‘Scopes’ by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol:
- Scope 1 covers direct emissions from an organisation’s owned or controlled sources;
- Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by the organisation; and
- Scope 3 includes all other indirect emissions that occur in an organisation’s value chain, including purchased goods and services.