Our Sustainability Policy
At Channel Island Ceramics, we are committed to working sustainably and this forms a huge part of our corporate social responsibility culture. We believe that sustainable economic activities are key to our long-term success and continuous improvement. By following and promoting best practice in sustainability within all our business activity, we strive to reduce the environmental impacts of all the company’s activities and play an active role in encouraging and assisting our clients and suppliers to do the same.
Our Sustainability Policy is founded on the following values:
- To comply with, and exceed where practicable, all applicable legislation, regulations and codes of practice.
- To integrate sustainability considerations into all our business decisions.
- To ensure that all staff are fully aware of our Sustainability Policy and are committed to implementing and improving it.
- To minimise the impact on sustainability of all our activities.
- To make clients and suppliers aware of our Sustainability Policy, and encourage them to adopt good sustainable management practices.
- To review, annually report, and to continually strive to improve our sustainability performance.
To ensure that the above values are put into practice we use the below strategies throughout the business.
Purchase of equipment and consumption of resources
- We choose long life sustainable products that are easy to maintain and are supported by a stable source of spare parts.
- We offer a 10-year guarantee of availability for spare parts on most goods.
- We promote low energy, long life, products within our customer offers.
- We use the minimal amount of paper and other office consumables, for example by emailing invoices and quotations, by presenting our designs digitally and identifying opportunities to reduce waste.
- We have a packaging and cardboard collection and recycling service, which we offer to all clients.
- We have procedures in place to aim to reduce our energy consumption by 20% by December 2022.
- We have plans and systems in place to aim for the office to be paperless by December 2022.
- We arrange for all office waste to be reused or recycled (when possible). This includes paper, computer supplies and redundant equipment.
- By purchasing energy efficient equipment and implementing good housekeeping, we reduce the energy consumption of office equipment.
- We ensure that timber furniture, and any other timber products, are from well-managed, sustainable sources and are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
- Where possible we purchase fair-trade and/or organic beverages.
- In order to support the local economy, we try where possible to use local companies to purchase from. We choose those that are locally tax-based in preference to those with and offshore tax base.
Working practices and advice to clients
- Where possible we only use suppliers who are also economically sustainable, such as Hansgrohe whose sustainability report can be found on their website here.
- We support initiatives in the Guernsey community that promote Sustainability.
- We make an annual donation to seek to offset carbon emissions from our activities.
- We receive and share updates from Guernsey’s Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Sub Committee.
- We encourage our staff to take account of sustainability issues in their advice to clients.
We include a copy of our Sustainability Policy in all our proposals.