August 2018

Overview

The Board of Directors are responsible for the environmental policy, Edward Grigg as General Manager has ultimate responsibility.

Incorporatewear aim to promote good environmental practice, to reduce the environmental impacts of all our activities and help our clients and partners do the same.

Concern for the environment and promoting a broader sustainability agenda are integral to the company’s professional activities and the management of the organisation.

It is Incorporatewear Ltd’s policy as part of its commitment to open partnership procedures to invite our customers to visit for their own audit purposes, each and any of our sites & suppliers. 

1.1 Policy Overview

Incorporatewear as a managing agent has little opportunity to make a significant impact internally on energy saving or similar environmental issues; other than the normal caring and financially beneficial use of electricity, gas, water and car fuels.

The focus of Incorporatewear’s environmental activity is on creating sustainable partnerships with its supply base and clients in order to reduce its impact on the environment throughout the supply chain.

1.2 Incorporatewear

  • Comply with, and exceed where practicable, all applicable legislation, regulations and codes of practice.
  • Strive to adopt the highest available environmental standards in all areas of its operation.
  • Seek to adopt a total ‘cradle to grave’ assessment and responsibility for its activities.
  • Aim to minimise the use of all materials, supplies and energies.
  • Minimise waste production in all areas of the organisation.
  • Incorporatewear is committed to continual improvement and prevention of pollution and compliance with any applicable legal requirements.
  • Purchase, where feasible, sustainable products for the organisation’s operations, i.e. recycled, FSC or low environmental impact products.
  • Expect similar environmental standards from any partners involved in our work.
  • Publicise our environmental position.
  • Adopt an environmentally sound transport strategy (please see Travel Policy).
  • Ensure that all its employees are fully aware of Environment Policies and Practices.
  • Aim to include environmental and ethical considerations in investment decisions where appropriate.
  • Assess and report the environmental impact of all its operations on a continual basis.

1.3 Action Plan

Incorporatewear strives to install environmental confidence within their suppliers and customers by demonstrating efficient and sustainable behaviour throughout its full range of products and services provided. To ensure this is achieved, Incorporatewear has implemented an environmental action plan throughout the company, agreed at board level and visible to all staff via the company’s intranet.

2.0 Suppliers

2.1 Overview

Incorporatewear Ltd, in the service and supply of garments, recognises that its responsibility does not only relate to the immediate receipt of garments, but goes back to the actual manufacturers of the product and onto the packaging.  Identifiable environmental issues include:

  • Supply
  • Man-made fibres (dyeing and finishing)
  • Natural fibres (pesticides, herbicides and dyeing)
  • Garments (off-cuts of fabric)
  • Transport (fuel)
  • Packaging (recycled)
  • Service
  • Cleaning (wash rather than dry-clean)
  • Collection of redundant garments (environmentally friendly disposal/reuse)

2.2 Eco Products

Wherever feasible, Incorporatewear Ltd will utilise environmentally friendly products/services. 

2.4 Global Community   

Incorporatewear Ltd act, wherever feasible, in the best interest of the global community and would attempt to make our suppliers aware of the impact of their acts on the ecosystem.

2.5 Supplier Education

The company will continue educating our suppliers of the need to maximise efficiency and minimise pollution in production processes.

2.6 Historical Legislation

Incorporatewear Ltd, nor any of its suppliers, have had any breach of environmental legislation brought against us since inception.   

2.7 Collaboration

As an organisation Incorporatewear Ltd welcomes the opportunity to work closely with all of its customers to have a positive effect on both our supply chain and client base.

2.8 Local laws and legislation

Incorporatewear Ltd require that all suppliers have knowledge of all environmental laws and regulations pertaining to their country and ensure on-going compliance with the same.

Incorporatewear Ltd require that companies to have environmental policies in place and have nominated employees in place to action their continued implementation.

3.0 Sustainability

3.1 Overview

Incorporatewear Ltd intends to demonstrate to the community that the purchasing decisions of it’s employees can improve markets for recycled products, enhance environmental quality and be responsible. We prefer the purchase of local recycled and environmentally considerate products whenever they perform satisfactorily and are available at a reasonable price and within required timeframes.

3.2 Purchasing Goals

Wherever possible, Incorporatewear Ltd will pursue the following goals and adhere to the specified principles when purchasing products, materials and services.

3.2.1 Zero Waste

  • Purchases shall be only made once it has been determined that the product or service is necessary.
  • Purchasing decisions shall be made in the context of the waste hierarchy to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • REDUCE – Using less in the first place and avoiding waste. Examples of this include purchasing in bulk to reduce packaging.
  • REUSE – Using the same item more than once, and extending the useful life of products and equipment before replacement. Aim to re-use or repair an existing product. Ensure that new purchases are durable, have a long service life and are easy to maintain and upgrade.
  • RECYCLE – Purchase products that contain recycled materials or those that have, or can be remanufactured.

3.2.2 Zero Climate Damage

  • Purchase energy efficient products and materials which have the energy ratings and efficiency features, that are the best economically available.
  • Purchase materials and products that are free of toxic or polluting materials.
  • Purchase renewable energy and reduce the purchase of fossil fuels.
  • Purchase goods that have not been unnecessarily transported long distances.

3.2.3 Zero Habitat Destruction

Purchase paper and wood products obtained from recycled, plantation, salvaged or renewable sources.

3.2.4 Zero Pollution

Purchase products and materials that will not release toxic substances that can pollute water, land or air at any stage of their life cycle.

3.2.5 Zero Soil Degradation

Purchase products, materials and services that will not degrade or pollute the soil, or result in erosion through their use.

3.3 Value for money

Purchasing decisions will be made on the basis of value for money, rather than simply the cheapest up-front purchase price. Where choices are made on the basis of cost, employees must be able to justify the reasons for not purchasing recycled or environmentally preferable products.

It is recognised that in some cases the selection of environmentally preferable products and materials may be less competitive. Incorporatewear Ltd shall encourage a price preference to encourage the purchase of recycled and environmentally preferable products.