As a business predominantly operating within mail order and e-commerce, the Group’s environmental impact is predominantly through utility consumption and our use and disposal of paper and packaging, although as a non-manufacturing company, our emissions remain relatively low.

The Group’s Scope 1 emissions from its vehicle fleet in FY14 were 372 tonnes of CO2. The Scope 2 emissions were 5,957 tonnes of CO2 which were a reduction of 6.1% from 6,346 tonnes on like-for-like buildings in FY12/13.

The high number of relatively low value despatches in our businesses continues to make it economically and environmentally efficient to use third party carriers to transport product to our customers. Prior to appointment and on a regular basis thereafter, we ask our third party carriers to demonstrate their environmental credentials.

Each of our businesses continues to supply its customers with the information necessary to make informed environmental choices. This includes the identification in our catalogues of products made from renewable or recycled materials and the energy ratings of our white goods. Our Education division continues to increase its range of eco-friendly products which includes products made from recycled paper, Fairtrade, energy efficiency A rated appliances, environmentally friendly products and lower carbon footprint UK-sourced products.

All sites within Findel Education have now achieved ISO14001 accreditation, an internationally recognised standard for environmental management which ensures each location has a fully compliant Environmental Management System.

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