How much attention a business pays to sustainability has become extremely important in recent times. Customers want to know how companies interact with the environment and with all the people who are affected – even indirectly – by their activities.
The company has built its approach to sustainability around a philosophy summarised by Head of Sustainability, David Jackson: ‘Every day, we consider the impact that our actions will have on the future of life, living and livelihoods, and strive to make choices that are fair and considerate’.
So how does the focus on ‘life, living and livelihoods’ impact on what Millboard does as a company?
Of course, care of the natural environment and all its living constituents is to the fore. With today’s heightened awareness of climate change, pollutants and other threats to the planet comes the need for everyone – including companies – to have the least impact possible on the environment. For Millboard, this means keeping their use of virgin materials to a minimum and instead using recycled and recyclable materials wherever possible. Waste is kept to a minimum – for example, offcuts from the manufacture of Millboard decking boards are repurposed as sales samples – and recyclable packaging is used for distribution.
Beyond its responsibility to the environment, Millboard is very mindful of how its activities impact on people – the ‘lives and livelihoods’ referred to by David Jackson.
Within the company itself, all staff are paid at or above the Real Living Wage, set by the Living Wage Foundation, rather than the lower figure set in law. This had already been the case for many years, but in 2021 Millboard has explicitly affirmed this policy with its accreditation by the Foundation as a Living Wage Employer. Staff also benefit from Millboard’s family-oriented culture, which recognises the importance of a healthy work/life balance and provides generous support for those taking time off to raise young families.
People outside the company are not forgotten either, with a commitment to ethical and fair dealing in how it interacts with suppliers and customers. In the wider community, outside of business, Millboard actively supports charities through donations and staff activities, such as the preparation of emergency food parcels during the pandemic.
Millboard’s commitment to sustainable practices in all areas is demonstrated by its membership of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). This is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, made up of a network of companies of all sizes committed to operating in a sustainable and ethical fashion with regard to human rights, labour, the environment and the fight against corruption.
As just one medium-sized company, Millboard recognises that its own efforts to be as sustainable as possible can have only a tiny effect on the world as a whole. Even so, it is proud to number itself among those businesses striving to do their bit for a better future. Together, they might just succeed!
Further information about Millboard’s commitment to sustainability can be found on their website at millboard.co.uk/sustainability