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A Greener 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 Commitments

We are committed to creating a green, sustainable environment for all. We’re passionate about reducing our environmental footprint, as well as supporting the health and wellbeing of our staff and local community, encapsulating all of the UN’s SDGs into our company’s operations.

We are dedicated to improving our environmental performance and becoming an industry leader, creating a truly sustainable company, while also achieving net zero targets and ensuring intergenerational environmental equity.

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

Download our Green Guide

Our Vision

Bisley is focused on reducing all emissions associated with both our products and business practices. We follow the most appropriate pathway, forming both long-and-short-term emissions reduction targets, as well as identifying material climate related risks, including their strategic, operational, and financial implications.

Ecological modernisation

During the past year, we have looked to optimise our business practice through ecological modernisation, utilising the ESOS (Energy Savings Offset Scheme), SECR (Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting) and by incorporating lean manufacturing practices. As a result, the past year has seen substantial reductions in our emissions:

2022

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• Installation of a full factory LED lighting system.

• Installation of electrical, high efficiency drying systems to powder coating prewash processes.

• Replacement of some machines with newer, more energy efficient alternatives.

• Installation of more energy efficient transformers.

• Installation of a power factor correction system.

• Fitting of variable speed drives to motors used in several processes.

• Roll out of the ‘Switch it Off” campaign to increase workforce awareness of energy use and encourage shut down of machinery or equipment that is not in use.

• Post-shift shut down patrols carried out by personnel from the maintenance function.

2023

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• Insulation of PP1,2,3 and 9 oven roofs covering 604m².

• Implementation of temperature optimisation for PP9 oven.

• Installation of variable speed compressors.

• Implementation of compressor scheduling system.

• Application of PP1 and 2 air circulating fan cooling cycle.

• Introducing compressor site pressure reduction.

• Installation of 12 off gas and electric data loggers.

• Installation of Power Factor Correction Servicing Sub (PFC).

What we’ve done

Environment

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We are not only committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 in line with current UK Government legislation and targets set forth by the Paris Agreement, but we are also actively seeking ways to achieve this goal ahead of schedule. Taking accountability is crucial to meeting these aims. We aim to ensure that our targets are quantitative and transparent, aligned with the latest climate science.

Find out more information in our report.

Energy

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Bisley is backed by electricity generated from renewable sources from UK Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) or European GoOs, including hydro, wind, solar, biomass and landfill gas.

We have reduced consumption across Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2,730tCO2e since 2018.

The success of simple changes, such as the “Switch it Off” campaign has been significant; our weekly saving is the same as watching a 50” LED tv for 8 years.

Find out more information in our report.

Procurement

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We use the FSC certification system as it enables us to purchase wood that supports responsible forestry. The timber used in our products is sourced from UK and European suppliers.

We also utilise local suppliers whenever we can, with the vast majority of steel being supplied by local manufacturers.

We ensure our supply chain is also taking accountability, by monitoring the actions they are taking and the progress they are making on their own journey towards net zero.

Find out more information in our report.

Waste

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All process waste at our manufacturing site, including steel and wood offcuts, is captured and segregated for appropriate disposal and recycling, with 100% of general and wood waste being recycled or diverted to landfill. We aim to become zero to landfill by 2030.

We are also proud to announce that we have developed initiatives with the British Heart Foundation and Clearabee, which will provide all our customers with the opportunity to give unwanted products a second life, contributing to making a positive difference to the environment.

Find out more information in our report.

Staff

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We want to empower our staff. We actively try to create a supportive and accessible environment where individuals can learn and develop, becoming the leaders of tomorrow. We have applied TWI (Training Within Industry) methodologies and over 30% of our employees with professional development training, resulting in qualifications ranging from NVQs to degrees.

We recognise the importance of health and well-being of everyone in our workplace. We are committed to ensuring that we provide an environment where people feel comfortable to express themselves.

Find out more information in our report.

Society

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We have a rich history of supporting the local region, having been involved in several initiatives to invest in the community. We realise the importance of giving back and making a positive difference to both current and future generations.

We have provided over £105,000 worth of charitable donations including humanitarian aid to causes both locally and overseas. Our contribution has been recognised by a number of organisations and published in literature for the Salvation Army, Newport U3A, Bullies Out, and the Newport Dragons rugby team.

Find out more information in our report.

We are focusing on bringing support to the areas that need it most, and that is why have decided to work with Treeapp. This includes looking to alleviate desertification, species extinction, soil erosion, landslides and flooding as well as social injustices. In doing so, we can maximise the potential of these areas, increasing biodiversity, reforestation, carbon sinks and creating a valuable source of income and food for local communities.

We are constantly striving to develop a more circular business, and a big component of this has been the issue of what to do with our products at the end of their lives. As a result, we are proud to say we’ve developed an initiative with the British Heart Fondation and Clearabee, which provides all our customers the opportunity to give unwanted products a second life, contributing to making a positive difference to the environment.

British Heart Foundation

This free furniture collection service allows you to donate your pre-loved furniture* to be sold in one of BHF's stores loacted across the UK. All proceeds from BHF storeis go to funding groundbreaking research profects across the UK to better understand, prevent and treat heart and circulatroy diseases.

*Please note for quality and safety reasons the BHF can only collect items that are in a reusable and saleable condition (e.g. free from wear and tear or heavy stains). Upholstered items must have a valid fire safety label attached.

Find out more or book your free collection here

Or alternatively contact the unique free phone number: 0808 250 0280

*This service is operated and managed by the British Heart Foundation. BHF is a registered charity in England and Wales (225971) and in Scotland (SC039426).

Clearabee

An affordable furniture collection and recycling service that can be booked at a time to suit you. This service will accept old furniture items in any condition, which will be recycled or burned for energy, reducing landfill waste. Furniture that can be reused will be donated to local charities or refurbished.

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