MedLed recognises that it has a responsibility to the planet beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with regular review points. We will encourage customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.
We endeavour to:
Comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements
Continually improve and monitor environmental performance
Continually improve and reduce environmental impacts
Incorporate environmental factors into business decisions
Increase team member awareness and training
Travel has a range of environmental impacts, chief of which are greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change, one of the key threats to global biodiversity. Transport is the fastest growing contributor to the global climate crisis and as such is an important issue for MedLed.
MedLed recognises that some business travel is useful and necessary for the effectiveness of business. However, often travel is unnecessary and we should eliminate this to reduce our travel footprint.
MedLed takes a hierarchical approach to business travel:
We work to reduce the amount of travel in the first instance and then look at how we can reduce overall travel distances.
We ensure that all our team members understand their personal responsibility to ensure that any business travel is absolutely necessary and should determine if the purpose of the trip cannot simply be achieved by telephone, e-mail, video conferencing or other means of communication.
The team is encouraged to coordinate attendance at meetings with other relevant staff members to reduce numbers attending and to determine who is best placed to attend.
Reducing CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases associated with travel (through using public transport, and walking or cycling for local appointments for example) then follows.
The consideration of offsetting emissions from travel is seen as a last resort after all other options have been thoroughly explored.
In 2020 we planted a 1000 native trees in Madagascar, Mozambique and Nicaragua. We are partnered with Ecologi and Eden Reforestation Projects who have planted over 400 million trees across 174 project sites. Eden’s mission reduces extreme poverty and restores healthy forests by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees every year.
Energy and water
We will seek to reduce the amount of energy used as much as possible
Lights and electrical equipment will be switched off when not in use
Heating will be adjusted with energy consumption in mind
The energy consumption and efficiency of new products will be taken into account when purchasing
We will evaluate if the need can be met in another way
We will evaluate if renting/sharing is an option before purchasing equipment
We will evaluate the environmental impact of any new products we intend to purchase
We will favour more environmentally friendly and efficient products wherever possible
We will reuse and recycle everything we are able to
We will use local labour and materials where available to reduce CO2 and help the community
We will minimise the use of paper in our offices and places of work
We will reduce packaging as much as possible
We will seek to buy recycled and recyclable paper products
We will reuse and recycle all paper where possible
Maintenance and cleaning
Cleaning materials used will be as environmentally friendly as possible
Materials used in office refurbishment will be as environmentally friendly as possible
We will only use licensed and appropriate organisations to dispose of waste
Monitoring and improvement
We will comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements
We will continually improve and monitor environmental performance
We will continually improve and reduce environmental impacts
We will incorporate environmental factors into business decisions
We will review this policy and any related business issues periodically