Corporate Social Responsibility
Our customers increasingly recognise how our values align with their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) obligations. Here is how our CSR policy promotes a sustainable environment and supports our local community.
Moving things consumes fuel and causes pollution; to lower our carbon footprint we purchase, where possible, from local suppliers.
Recycling of Resources
With our zero landfill target by March 2018, just 2% (by KG) of our own waste went for landfill disposal in 2015. 97% of our waste was re-used or recycled lowering our use of finite resources.
We value the beautiful countryside of Cheshire near the border with Wales and Shropshire where we operate from. Our environmental impact is so important to us we actually have schemes that positively contribute to the local environment.
We have adopted a procurement strategy that ensures as many of our supplies as possible are ethically sourced. For example, we ensure our archive boxes are a blend of both new fibre from sustainable forestry (for strength) and recycled pulp. Likewise we opted to have shredding equipment to use a bio grade hydraulic fluid rather than the mineral based oils.
The principle behind sustainability is the avoidance of use to cut waste. We use the best communications technology and routing software to optimise the use of our vans and shred trucks. With our modern fleet all emissions are Euro 6 compliant and we use an organic grade hydraulic diesel.
Topwood’s reputation for providing first class service levels is defined, delivered and measured through a Quality Management System (QMS). The QMS is independently audited by a UKAS accredited body and complies with the requirements of ISO 9001. The leading industry association for data destruction is the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) which requires members to have ISO 9001. Topwood is a member of the BSIA.
As per our ISO 14001 objectives for the next twelve months we have exciting plans to build our sustainable business;
- The installation of PV cells to lower our carbon footprint
- A zero landfill target of our own waste, and;
- The trial of an electric van
Where possible we recruit locally. Local employment keeps the money in the community.
Where commercially acceptable, we aim to purchase from local suppliers. Over 24% of our spend is currently with suppliers within a 10 mile radius of Topwood (excluding capital expenditure).
By supporting events we help the local community prosper.
- Free shred events that help local people avoid the crime of identity theft
- At local fetes we run a plate smashing stall. In 2016 we raised over £210 to help Malpas Church, and;
- We sponsor the sports kit for local school teams.
Duty of Care
Our accreditation to the Safe contractor scheme ensures we have assessed and managed the risks our operations have on local residents.
Our CSR helps you;
Our CSR credentials will align with your policy objectives. By working with us you will engage;
- a local supplier that provides employment and purchases locally wherever possible
- a sustainable business that actually has a positive environmental impact, and;
- a firm that supports the local community.