As a major international specialist multimodal logistics operator company, Collett & Sons Ltd is clear in the leadership role that we must fulfil in driving forward our industry’s sustainability performance.
Through our sector leading approach of our commitment to Sustainability, we continue to deliver against and positively influence our own sustainability agenda. Our commitment is split into three principals of People, Planet and Profit, which each contain two specific objectives. This approach has led to an improvement in our sustainability performance in recent years, and delivery of tangible benefits to our customers and society.
People, Planet and Profit – our Commitment to Sustainability
- A Safe Workplace
Providing a safe working environment for employees, subcontractors and suppliers is vital to the continued success of Collett & Sons Ltd, and is a key priority. Of paramount importance is keeping people safe and reducing the number of accidents in our work activities and on their journeys to and from work. Collett & Sons Ltd also has a wider responsibility in ensuring the health and safety of subcontractors, suppliers and the general public who have any contact with our projects. Collett & Sons Ltd.’s safety performance is important for its reputation (both as contractor and an employer), for delivering projects on time and on budget (by reducing time lost due to accidents) and for reducing operating costs, through lower insurance premiums and reduced claims for example.
- Developing Talented Employees
Collett & Sons Ltd is focused on attracting and retaining talented people from diverse backgrounds to successfully deliver its strategy and projects for clients. Collett & Sons Ltd is addressing the risk of skill shortages in the logistics industry by ensuring that it employs the right people, through encouraging inclusion from the widest sector of the population and offering a variety of training and career development opportunities. There are also real benefits to Collett & Sons Ltd in ensuring its employees have the skills and ability to anticipate future market demands and incorporate new and emerging technologies. Developing talented employees therefore remains a key focus area.
- Reducing Energy Consumption and Carbon Emissions
Carbon emissions and climate change are one of the biggest challenges facing the transport industry. As a specialist multimodal logistics operator there is a risk that companies will become susceptible to future ‘green taxes’ on energy and fuel. Climate change itself also presents Collett & Sons Ltd with risks, including impacts on its own operations and reducing the market value of developments that are not resilient to the future climate. These risks are managed through more efficient consumption of energy in the Collett's permanent offices, transport fleet, on project sites, and by being transparent about its carbon emissions and targets through schemes such as the FORS Accreditation Scheme.
- Reducing Waste
There are opportunities to save money by sending less waste to landfill and to better utilise new and emerging recovery and recycling processes which make the reuse of raw materials more practical. This makes reducing the volume of waste produced by Collett & Sons Ltd a priority. By focussing on resource efficiency we are better placed to meet waste regulations, industry targets and client demands.
- Improving Sustainable Procurement
Collett & Sons Ltd requires a high level of quality and competitiveness form its suppliers and subcontractors, as well as evidence of their own commitment to Sustainability. Maintaining the balance between responsible sourcing, competitive tendering and quality of delivery requires continual effort.
- The introduction of responsible sourcing standards, for key products, provides Collett & Sons Ltd with an opportunity to exert a significant positive influence in terms of suppliers’ sustainability performance. Minimum standards supply can be established, through Collett & Sons Ltd – wide procurement arrangements, which include important responsible sourcing criteria, the percentage of recycled material and other applicable sector driven requirements.
- Supporting Local Employment
Strategically placed specialist multimodal logistics depots produce a relatively localised activity, so the provision of the jobs and training can benefit a local community significantly. Collett & Sons Ltd has identified that through its commitment to supporting local employment, that there are great opportunities to deliver on all areas of sustainability.
- Due to the strategic positioning of our depots environmentally shorter travel distances reduce the carbon footprint of a project. Socially, the benefits to the individuals and the local community of improved quality of life will be significant. Economic benefits will also follow, including using local suppliers wherever possible, which leads to greater retention of wealth locally to the project.