The Planet Mark certification augments an impressive sustainability agenda held by Commercial, underpinned by The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognising outstanding achievements in social and environmental sustainability.
Commercial, headquartered in Cheltenham UK, is a leader in the procurement and distribution of office products, interiors, pre-printed material and computer consumables. They currently employee over 300 staff in various locations, including Leeds, London and their headquarters in Cheltenham
Steve Malkin, founder of The Planet Mark, congratulated Commercial on their sustainability commitment: “Commercial is a company that is relentless in their pursuit of delivering their services as sustainably as possible, even before carbon and plastics were on the radar for most organisations. If you are not working with them and you want to make a difference, you should be considering switching your office supplies and equipment to Commercial.”
This is Commercial’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting with The Planet Mark. It calculated the emissions of its Cheltenham and London office operations for the year ending January 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. First year certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.
“We are delighted to receive the Planet Mark certificate,” said Simone Hindmarch, Commercial’s Managing Director. “It recognises our continuous improvement in sustainability, and our commitment to taking ongoing, meaningful action. It’s an accreditation that reflects our commitment to sustainability in its broadest sense: environmental, social and economic. The Planet Mark also puts the same emphasis on an employee-led approach to continuous improvement that we do through our Change Champions initiative.”
This year’s report includes emissions from energy use in the building (natural gas, gas oil and purchased electricity), waste disposal, water supply and treatment, paper use in the office and travel.
To assist Commercial in achieving its sustainability goals, The Planet Mark team has made several recommendations, such as a company-wide energy audit and sustainability-focussed workshops for employees.
Commercial has an annualised turnover of £67 million, and is one of the UK’s largest independently owned business services groups. There are seven dedicated divisions: Office Supplies, Managed IT, Interiors, Print, MPS, Technology and Commercial Creative Systems, and the depth and breadth of expertise is a key factor in its ongoing success.
Responsible business practice is at the heart of Commercial’s ‘Commercial By Nature’ proposition. This is evident in the practical ways it helps clients boost efficiency and productivity. It is most apparent in the Group’s environmental, social and ethical credentials.
Commercial is also spearheading new ways to operate with purpose, delivering social value and enabling employees, suppliers and customers to become more socially aware and responsible.
Commercial is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, HP Gold Preferred Partner and VMWare VIP Enterprise Partner. It has ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 and FSC Chain of Custody certifications and was the first company in its sector to be CarbonNeutral®, Zero Waste and a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative.
The Planet Mark
The Planet Mark is an internationally recognised and trusted sustainability certification programme, recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability. It is awarded to businesses, properties, new developments and projects that are committed to reducing their carbon emissions. Partnered with the Eden Project, The Planet Mark contributes 5% of all certification fees to the award-winning visitor attraction. Each certification also comes with 12 free tickets to Eden Project, encouraging organisations to learn more about climate change and the importance of biodiversity. The first-year certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. In subsequent years, holders of The Planet Mark have a minimum requirement to reduce their carbon emissions by 2.5% per year. The average absolute carbon reduction achieved by holders is 4% per annum and 12% per employee per annum.