Sustainability

Queensborough Project Management Sustainability Policy and deliverables

Why it is important to us and our aims.

We accept the definitions of the ‘Brundtland’ commission and ‘Caring for the Earth’ for sustainable development:

‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ and

‘improving the quality of life while living within the earth's carrying capacities’.

However, to be sustainable a business must ensure it covers all the aspects of sustainability and sustainable development not just about the environment or “green” issues. That means we have adopted definition used by The Solution Organisation;

“A systematic set of objectives, and strategies to improve the financial performance of the organisation, while at the same time reducing it’s impact on the environment and developing a positive social effect”.

To QPM this means we deliver our professional activities and manage our organisation and business in a way that ensures we are financially sound, enables all our people to realise their potential and improve their quality of life while protecting and enhancing the earth’s natural capital. This aspiration is delivered through our sustainability objectives, targets and indicators.

We are therefore committed to continually improve the integration of sustainability into our working environment and business processes. Our aim is to play an active role in contributing to achieving sustainability wherever we have influence. We are also committed to accountability and transparency in our sustainability performance.

The Sustainability Policy

Queensborough Project Management Ltd is committed to promoting sustainability. Concern for the environment and promoting a broader sustainability agenda are integral to QPM’s professional activities and the management of the organisation. We aim to follow and to promote good sustainability practice, to improve our financial performance, to reduce the environmental impacts of all our activities enable our people to achieve their potential and to help our clients, partners and suppliers to do the same.

Principles

Our Sustainability Policy is based upon the following principles:
  • To comply with, and exceed where practicable, all applicable legislation, regulations and codes of practice.
  • To integrate sustainability considerations into all our business decisions.
  • To ensure that all staff are fully aware of our Sustainability Policy and are committed to implementing and improving it.
  • To ensure we remain financially stable and assist our suppliers to do so as well.
  • To minimise the impact on sustainability of all office and transportation activities.
  • To ensure our people, both staff and suppliers, can fully develop their potential.
  • To ensure the effect of our business on our neighbours and the public is not only minimised but enhances them as well
  • To make clients and suppliers aware of our Sustainability Policy, and encourage them to adopt sound sustainable management practices.


Practical steps

In order to put these principles into practice we look at the three components of sustainability in our business

Financial

A business must remain profitable to be sustainable and we will ensure that we will not take advantage of our suppliers to improve our profitability.

Wherever possible we will develop formal and informal partnerships with our suppliers We will pay all approved invoices within 30 days or less or on agreed payment dates.

We will use electronic payment methods and communications.

We will not support any type of “pay when paid” options.

We will help and assist our suppliers and Clients, where possible, to improve the financial performance of their business with sustainable financial objectives.

In every project we will consider the impact of running costs as well as capital costs.

At decision points we will consider the whole life costs of the options and ensure our Clients are fully aware of the cost in use, both financial and non-financial, impacts of the options.

Environmental

We acknowledge we affect the environment primarily in these ways;

Travel and meetings
One of the largest impacts on the environment is our business requirement to visit sites and meet Clients. We will therefore mitigate this wherever practicable by

Walking, cycling or use public transport to attend meetings, site visits etc, unless it is impractical and/or cost prohibitive.

Travelling to mainland Europe, within a 1000km radius (excluding Scandinavia), will normally be undertaken by train.

Including more sustainable forms of transport in our financial proposals, rather than the least cost or easy option which maybe travelling by car or air. Where the only practical alternative is to fly, we will ensure that we only book with environmentally conscious airlines that use modern, fuel efficient aircraft

Reduce the need for our staff to travel by supporting alternative working arrangements, including home working etc, and promote the use of public transport by locating our offices in accessible locations.

Purchase of equipment and consumption of resources

Minimise our use of paper and other office consumables, for example by double-siding all paper used, and identifying opportunities to reduce waste.

As far as possible arrange for the reuse or recycling of office waste, including paper, computer supplies and redundant equipment.

Reduce the energy consumption of office equipment by purchasing energy efficient equipment and good housekeeping.

Purchase electricity from a supplier committed to renewable energy. Seek to maximise the proportion from renewable energy sources, whilst also supporting investment in new renewable energy schemes.

Ensure that timber furniture, and any other timber products, are recycled or from well-managed, sustainable sources and are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.

Our procurement procedures will include the consideration the sustainability policies of our suppliers.

Purchase fair-trade and/or organic beverages.

People
We accept that in carrying out our business we impact many people including staff, partners, suppliers staff and the public. We must always ensure that any adverse impacts are minimised.

Our staff are encouraged to develop their professional and other skills and we will support them through courses, mentoring and the staff appraisal system.

Our neighbours both in the office and site environments will always be considered in how we carry out our business. We will wherever practical ensure that they are informed of the duration of noisy or dusty operations and they will be kept to a minimum with all practical steps being taken to minimise the impact of the activities.

The public will be kept informed of progress on our sites and contact phone numbers will always be prominently displayed.

The safety of our sites and site works will never be compromised. It is the duty of all our staff and suppliers to immediately stop the activity and alert the Project Manager of any dangerous occurrence or activity.

Wherever possible we will use local sources of labour and materials.

We will support community and educational activities and programmes local to our sites and to our offices.

Working practices and advice to clients

The sponsor of this Sustainable policy is the Managing Director and the “owners” of the principles and processes is everyone involved with our business.

We will encourage our staff to adopt similar principles in their private lives.

We will ensure that all our staff consider sustainability issues in their advice to clients.

We will include a copy of our Sustainability Policy in all our proposals to clients.