Corps Security has announced that, as of March 2015, the company’s entire tendering process will be carbon neutral. This is the latest initiative in Corps Security’s ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme which is designed to monitor the impact all operations have on the environment and allow the development of ways in which to minimise their effects.
By calculating the amount of paper used, the kilowatts of energy expended to print documents and other materials, the weight of the paper and its cost to manufacture as well as other subsidiary factors, Corps Security will be able to work out the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) it has produced for each tender submission. Once this figure is established, the organisation will then pay for trees to be planted in the UK to offset these emissions as part of a Verified Carbon Standard project.
With a firmly established sustainability-based agenda, Corps Security operates to a detailed environmental policy document which describes its responsibilities to the environment. The company takes every conceivable precaution to ensure that it operates in a responsible manner and that its activities have been ‘rubber stamped’ through certification to ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems.
Certification means that Corps Security systematically reduces any harmful effects it has on the environment by developing processes to lower energy, reduce waste and pollution and mitigate the risk of emergency situations.
A statement outlining the fact that its tender process is carbon neutral will now form part of each document sent to a prospective client. That statement explains how Corps Security’s actions will not only offset any CO2 emissions but also provide and maintain wildlife habitats, support bio-diversity and enhance the UK’s landscape.
During trials of the scheme carried out in late 2014, feedback was unanimously positive and highlighted the value placed on this type of initiative amongst those procuring security services.
Speaking about this announcement, Corps Security’s CEO Peter Webster told Risk UK: “As a business we always aim to exceed expectations. That philosophy extends to our CSR activities. Tree planting is a great way to offset the carbon footprint we create during the tender process and forms part of our long-term objective to make our entire operation carbon neutral while protecting our natural environment.”