Working Towards a Sustainable Future

At Bunzl we deliver on our responsibility to reduce our environmental impact through a diverse range of initiatives, from improving our paper and plastic recycling to fitting energy saving lights in our warehouses and reducing our fuel consumption, we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations.

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Our Environmetal Strategy
At Bunzl we see our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment as a key area of our corporate responsibility. From increasing recycling programmes to reducing fuel usage to sourcing green products: we're constantly looking for new ways to improve our performance. 

Our environmental strategy is three pronged:

  1. We measure key areas of impact.
  2. We set standards to reduce our global footprint.
  3. We communicate what we've learned to our employees and our customers. Working together we can build a more sustainable future.

Operating to Reduce our Environmental Impact
Our environmental programmes have been in place for a number of years and we continually review and seek to improve our performance in this area. Bunzl plc is included in the FTSE4Good Index.

Our key areas of focus are:

  • Increasing waste for recycling and reducing waste to landfill
  • Reduction of fuel used for transportation
  • Environmentally friendly service offering; and
  • Environmentally friendly products

Bunzl Australasia also gained national accreditation to ISO14001. This is the most well-known environmental operating standard and is certified by an external certification authority. Gaining accreditation means that Bunzl has implemented and maintained an environmental management system, which provides for continuous improvement in environmental performance.

Bunzl is accredited for continuous improvement in environmental performance

Bunzl consolidates orders contributing to customer sustainability

Environmentally Friendly Service Offering
A fundamental part of Bunzl's offering to customers is our expertise and in-depth product knowledge, coupled with the ability to consolidate the procurement and delivery of a broad range of non-food consumable products. This service can cut the environmental impact as it can reduce the number of deliveries within a company's total supply chain, as well as decrease the amount of invoices and payments.

Bunzl's core service offering can help customers to reduce fuel emissions, paper usage and other energy requirements. Further, a consolidated invoice allows better monitoring of the use of consumables and therefore can reduce duplication and waste.

Environmentally Friendly Products
We recognise that our customers want to know about environmentally friendly products and how they can participate in positive initiatives around sustainability. At Bunzl we see our role as providing a range of alternative environmentally friendly products and helping our customer make informed choices without bias towards any specific solution.

This could be through products manufactured from renewable, recycled and/or biodegradable materials. The process starts with clearly defining the product's sustainability characteristics with a clear and easy to use series of symbols that operate across the group.

Bunzl's BeGreen Symbols define product sustainability characteristics.
Bunzl's BeGreen Symbols define product sustainability characteristics.
  • Biodegradable - A finished product that can break down or decompose under natural conditions and processes within a restricted period of time e.g. PLA, wood or paper.

  • Recyclable - The product is disposable via local council, household and community recycling programmes.

  • Renewable - The finished product is predominantly manufactured from a naturally occurring raw material that will be replenished through normal ecological cycles e.g. paper, wood or corn.

  • Energy Efficient - Products that have been specifically designed to have a lower impact on the environment, usually by using less energy with the added benefit of lower running costs.

Bunzl continues to develop its sustainability initiatives, and aims to lead through information and education. To find out more, contact us.