We operate a Group-wide corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. A Director of Corporate Affairs has been appointed to oversee the development and implementation of this strategy.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT & ENERGY
At each of the Group’s manufacturing
facilities we have set up energy reduction
teams who seek to reduce our impact
on the environment, looking at ways
of reducing energy and raw material
consumption, waste going to landfill,
and emissions, and ways of increasing
transport efficiency and packaging
optimisation. Each team reports
monthly to the Group Manufacturing
Director, who reports through the
Group Chief Executive to the Board.
We continue to look for ways to reduce the weight of our packaging. Measures this year include increasing the size of delivery of raw materials, consolidating the ordering of packaging materials across our manufacturing facilities, decreasing our stretchwrap usage on pallets, light-weighting PET Bottles, light-weighting bottle crowns at Clonmel, continuing further light-weighting of other packaging items and moving all glass bottles to ‘Load Hog’ layer pads.
The Group continuously monitors the
impact of its operations on the climate
and we look to reduce our emissions.
We assess and manage climate change
related risks and opportunities, including
the impact on the availability and security
of our sources of raw materials, such
as aquifers, orchards and maltings.
We have systems in place to maximise
the recycling of the waste that we
produce and minimise what we send to
landfill. Our ultimate goal is to recycle
or recover for reuse 100% of our waste
products. In FY 2012, our manufacturing
sites reduced the overall amount of
waste sent to landfill by over 60%.
The Group’s manufacturing sites are
not located in any region identified as
prone to drought, and water scarcity
is not considered to be a critical risk
for our business. Nevertheless, water
preservation and management is an
important business consideration for the
Group and we continue to monitor the
usage of water per hectolitre of finished
product from each manufacturing
facility and across our supply chain.
We have a sustainable and ethical
procurement policy in place, the
implementation of which is regularly
monitored by the Board via the Group
Manufacturing Director. To demonstrate
compliance with this policy, each
business unit is required to provide
access to its audit and review records,
its procedure manuals and its staff
training materials for audit purposes.
In FY 2012, we milled a record number
of apples – 45,000 tonnes from our
orchards and from the orchards of
our suppliers in ROI for Clonmel and
36,000 in the UK for Shepton. We are
also encouraging apple growers to plant
early harvesting varieties to increase the
availability of apples in the off season.
Dialogue with customers
The Portman Group
Developing, engaging and rewarding
employees fairly is fundamental to the
success of our business and also to
the relationships that we have with the
local communities in which we work.
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