We, like many of our clients, are passionate about sustainability and want to partner with other businesses and organisations that incorporate social responsibility into their business strategy.
Definition of Sustainability:
“The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance”
At Huttlestone FS we believe that this definition is a minimum requirement and from outset we have strived to not only aim for a carbon neutral business, but to use our position to become a positive force for nature and our fragile environment.
The long overdue green approach to business practices is what sustainability is all about.
In striving to meet and exceed the minimum objectives for sustainability we have developed our own 8 Step Plan to incorporate into our business strategy..
We are always keen to learn and if you think we could improve our sustainability model please do get in touch with us by clicking here
We support local businesses by sourcing local produce
We feel you should shop local, eat local, spend local were possible, this supports the local businesses who support the area where you live work or play. When shopping local you are backing the small businesses that strengthen and diversify our communities. You can help support your local businesses without financial contribution by commenting on their posts, sharing their posts and leaving positive feedback of your experiences.
We utilise technology to minimise face to face appointments
We believe that reducing your carbon footprint can help save your business money, adopting greener work ethics, means a business will be regarded as an eco-friendlier and socially responsible business. We use technology to meet and assist our clients, so we minimise the need for face-to-face appointments. We avoid physically travelling to meetings etc where alternatives are available and practical, such as using teleconferencing, video conferencing or web cams, and efficient timing of meetings to avoid multiple trips.
We will plant a new tree for every mortgage completed
We are passionate about the planet and saving trees, we will plant a new tree on farmland for every mortgage we complete, giving something back to the planet. Planting is a great way to help sequester carbon emissions. Through photosynthesis trees absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and wood. By ensuring that the trees planted are native broad leaf species you can help to preserve the UK’s environment and biodiversity. We also feel the planting of a tree symbolises the start of something new just like helping our clients achieve their new start in life by purchasing their home
We Install energy-efficient office appliances
We strive to have an energy efficient office and have implanted this by making basic changes. We use natural light where possible and switch off artificial lights, when using artificial light, we only install energy efficient lightbulbs. We use laptops instead of desktops which typically consume less energy. We switch off equipment when not in use or switch to hibernation mode to save energy.
We have developed an in-house recycling programme for our waste products
We recycle all paper used, if it is confidential paperwork, it is shredded then recycled. We have centralized recycling bins to encourage employees to sort their own waste, we feel this makes the more aware of what they are throwing away. We promote litter-less lunches which reduces the use of plastic bags, we do not use take out coffee machines or water dispensers instead opting to provide reusable coffee mugs and reusable water bottles.
Planet Freindly Products
We strive to use green cleaning products and non-chemical products
Green cleaning is the process of choosing cleaning products that are better for both people and the planet. Switching to green cleaning products is good for the health and wellbeing of your people, and it also prevents unnecessary chemicals from being released into the environment. We use eco-friendly office cleaning supplies where possible.
We have developed sustainability work policies and procedures
We promote sustainability throughout the company, and we explain to our employees why it is important and in what ways we can all benefit from it. We aim to follow and promote good sustainability practice in the workplace, to reduce the environmental impacts of all our activities, hopefully helping clients and partners to do the same.
Becoming a paper free office
We are working towards becoming a paper free office; we have adopted a cloud-based system which allows us to store all information electronically reducing the need to print. We think the best five reasons to go paperless are:
Reduction of waste pollution
Prevention of Deforestation
Reduces single use goods
Reduces burden on recycling plants
Reduces the risk of Data breaches