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Sustainability Policy Statement


Ideal Response, also known as IRG, is committed to promoting sustainability. Concern for the environment and promoting a broader sustainability agenda are integral to Ideal Response’s professional activities and the management of the organisation. We aim to follow and to promote good sustainability practice, to reduce the environmental impacts of all our activities and to help our clients to do the same.
Our Sustainability Policy is based upon the following principles:
– 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 office and transportation activities.
– To make clients and suppliers aware of our Sustainability Policy, and encourage them to adopt sound
sustainable management practices.
– To review, annually report, and to continually strive to improve our sustainability performance.
In order to put these principles into practice we will:
– 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. These options are also often more time efficient, while not sacrificing the benefits of
regular contact with clients and partners.
– Reduce the need for our staff to travel by supporting alternative working arrangements, including
home working etc.
– Minimise our use of paper and other office consumables, for example by double-siding all paper used,
and identifying opportunities to reduce waste.
– As far as possible arrange for the reuse or recycling of office waste, including paper, computer
supplies and redundant equipment.
– Reduce the energy consumption of office equipment by purchasing energy efficient equipment and
good housekeeping.
– Purchase electricity from a supplier committed to renewable energy. Seek to maximise the proportion
from renewable energy sources, whilst also supporting investment in new renewable energy
schemes.
– Ensure that timber furniture, and any other timber products, are recycled or from well-managed,
sustainable sources and are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
– Purchase fair-trade and/or organic beverages.
– Undertake voluntary work with the local community and / or environmental organisations and make
donations to seek to offset carbon emissions from our activities.
– Ensure that any Subcontractors, Suppliers or Designers that we employ take account of sustainability
issues.
– Where possible deploy “Virtualisation” technology in the IT Department to ensure that the Company’s
energy consumption requirements are minimised by reducing the amount of physical machines
required to mount IT solutions onto.
– Strive to achieve a more paperless office. To this end several document management systems have
been developed that allow employees and customers retrieve and transmit documents electronically
e.g. PODs Invoices etc.

Sustainable Aggregates Procurement


In line with the commitment to promote sustainability and minimise the environmental impact of our
activities, Ideal Response will endeavour to procure aggregates that have been responsibly sourced.
– When sourcing aggregates, preference will be given to recycled or secondary aggregates, wherever
permissible by contract specification.
– Where suitable recycled or secondary aggregates are not available and, whenever reasonably
practical, aggregates will be procured from sources accredited to the BRE environmental and
Sustainability Standard BES6001:2008 Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of
Construction Products.
– Where aggregates are not available from BES 6001:2008 accredited sources, we will require the
supplier to provide evidence to demonstrate the aggregate was responsibly sourced.