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Sustainable manufacturing at Bisley

"At Bisley, we often use the phrase that our furniture is Made for Life. And while that is true of our products, we also take that ethos into every part of our manufacturing processes and company culture.

We want furniture that lasts a lifetime; made from the highest quality materials, using the latest innovative technologies and processes with minimum impact on our environment.

As we now look ahead, we are pleased to commit Bisley to continuously improving upon the high standards we set ourselves – for our colleagues, customers, and our future."

Richard Costin, CEO

Our Vision

Our vision is for Bisley to be the go-to quality manufacturer of storage in wood and steel around the world; focussing on sharing our rich heritage combined with our innovative product development roadmap.

We design and manufacture profitable, innovative, high-quality steel and wood storage solutions that are Made for Life – selling them across the world, while ensuring that we do not impact the ability of future generations to live full and purposeful lives.

Our Green Book details the ways in which we are striving to reach these goals.

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Our commitments

We will continue to act responsibly and resourcefully concerning our environmental impact and care of our employees. To thrive in today’s global market, we will invest in our people, processes, manufacturing, talent, and leadership – for the long-term benefit of our customers and colleagues.

For increased impact, we will initially focus on four of these goals:

Decent Work and Economic Growth


We will promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth for all our people and work:

  • To provide stable, fair, and equally paid work to all our employees.
  • To work actively to decouple business growth from increased resource consumption.
  • To promote youth education through our apprenticeship scheme.
  • To ensure eradication of modern slavery, not only within our own operations but throughout our global supply chain.
  • To ensure our activities and progression are aligned to internationally recognised targets, we have created our sustainable strategy around the requirements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Reduced Inequalities

  • We will promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all:
  • To continue to pay our staff at the National Living Wage.
  • To promote a culture of inclusion, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic status.
  • To continue to promote equality within our organisation through compliance to relevant legislation, policy development and supporting action.

Responsible Consumption and Production


We are committed to supporting the provision of affordable, reliable and clean energy for all through investment in global energy infrastructure projects, and to ingrain sustainable consumption and production patterns into our practices, including:

  • Responsible and efficient use of natural resources including water and raw materials throughout our manufacturing activities.
  • To continue to responsibly manage chemicals and waste at our manufacturing sites in alignment with international frameworks and relevant legislation.
  • Achievement of zero waste to landfill by 2030.

Climate Action


We will take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, including:

  • A pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 through reduction activities and accredited offsets.
  • Alignment to the UK Government net zero target of 2050 and by extension, the Paris Agreement through aggressive reduction of emissions both from our direct operations and other value chain elements.
  • Targeting emission reductions of 3-5% year-on-year.

We aim to build upon this approach, incorporating more SDGs, and addressing further environmental and social issues over time.

What we’ve done

Net zero

Bisley aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in line with current UK legislation and targets set forth by the Paris Agreement. This will involve long-term investment in the development of our manufacturing system, gradually phasing out the use of fossil fuels, including natural gas, and moving toward process electrification. Emissions from beyond our organisation boundaries must also be considered, including those related to transport and supplier contributions.

Circular economy

It’s critical that materials, including steel and plastics, are efficiently managed and remain in circulation to reduce the requirement for further extraction of earth elements including coal, crude oil, and iron ore. In the past 12 months, 98% of manufacturing waste was recycled or diverted from landfill. We aim to become zero to landfill by 2030.

Our people

Bisley’s success has always been built on enduring, strong relationships – with our clients, our staff, and our local community. We’ve focussed on growing our relationships over a number of years - whether we’re financially supporting our local Clubs and Team from our factory base in Newport, supporting future generations with a robust apprenticeship scheme, or providing equipment for those that really need it.


100% of the electricity used in the manufacture of our steel and wood products is derived from renewable sources. Bisley has invested extensively in the materials we use, the machinery and equipment available to reduce our environmental impact, while continuing to produce high-quality, long-lasting, durable products.


Our products are transported all over the world, and with this comes a responsibility to reduce our environmental impact. We have taken significant steps to increase load efficiency and product delivery by installing optimisation software which ensures we use our trailers’ capacities, and multidrop products where we can. We have also adopted route-planning software, meaning our drivers can select shorter or less congested routes, meaning less fuel consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Supply chain

Much of our primary raw materials are manufactured in the UK, as is our packaging, and many internal components. A localised supply chain ensures that we reduce our carbon footprint, while generating economic and social value at a local level.

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