Principle 7

Arguably the biggest environmental challenge facing the world today is climate change. At Marshalls, we are committed to assessing the environmental and energy aspects, impacts, risks and opportunities of our activities, setting appropriate objectives and targets and recognising the need to work collaboratively with our whole supply chain. Part of this is also the recognition that the link between environmental degradation and human rights is strong, and that protecting the planet and fighting slavery are imperative.

Marshalls' sustainable business model combines key business issues and key performance indicators with third party verification, legislation and industry standards including ISO 14001 for Environmental Management and ISO50001 for Energy Management. We care about the natural world and we recognise our responsibility to work within environmental limits. We understand the potential impacts of our operations, products and services. We seek to protect the environment, prevent pollution from our operations and to identify, understand and minimise significant environmental impacts where appropriate.

As part of our commitment to reduce carbon emissions, Marshalls has had its emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Find out more here. In addition to our mandatory duty to report annually on our greenhouse gas emissions, Marshalls continues to report voluntarily to the Carbon Disclosure Project and in 2020, will progress our support for the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in line with the UK Government’s expectation that listed companies should disclose in line with the TCFD recommendations by 2022.

Principle 8

Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility

Marshalls is engaged in a wide range of environmental initiatives which promote responsibility throughout our operations, working collaboratively with others in our sector and with our customers. We have improved sanitation and provided clean drinking water for everyone who works at our Natural Stone suppliers in India, we have created forest classrooms with living water features for a school near our Eaglescliffe plant in the North East and, more locally, we support the Calderdale Watermark Fund which is a charity set up to support flood victims in the area.

CEO Water Mandate

Marshalls is part of the CEO Water Mandate, which is a global initiative developed with the UN Global Compact. It is a voluntary code which aims to focus companies all over the world on the problems of water scarcity and sanitation. It unites businesses under the common goal of taking meaningful, bold steps to address the water challenge. We already employ a wide range of measures to use less, harvest more and recycle the water we do use. We work collaboratively with other organisations, such as the Business in the Community Water Taskforce and the CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) Council to share best practice.

Transport

As part of our commitment to carbon reduction and our aim to be fuel efficient, we have been updating our fleet and have a rolling programme of driver training for Marshalls LGV fleet drivers. The SAFED (Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving) programme promotes safer driving and more efficient fuel consumption. Refresher training is also offered to our drivers, with a focus on avoiding accidents and anticipating risks on the road.

Principle 9

Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

Sustainable Drainage

Marshalls has developed a range of Sustainable Drainage solutions which deal with surface water run-off in an environmentally friendly way, addressing the four pillars of concern: quantity, quality, amenity and biodiversity. Marshalls’ Priora System has a specific design methodology and sub-base specification which allows surface water to be controlled at source. Water can be drained directly into the ground, recharging the ground water whilst also controlling the surface water run-off at source.

Carbon Trust

We are certified to the Carbon Trust Standard, demonstrating our ongoing commitment carbon reduction. Working with the Carbon Trust, we have calculated the carbon footprints of our commercial products to PAS2050:2011. Our Carbon Calculator gives our customers and designers the information to enable them to make an informed choice and calculate the Carbon Footprint of their project, should they wish to carbon report or offset.