We are committed to activities which promote both the wellbeing of all employees and the communities in which we operate. This ranges from simple initiatives such as the regular provision of fresh fruit in our offices, to internal mental health awareness campaigns, supporting charities, community projects and individual staff member’s charitable activities.
In our new Manchester Office, we have gone a step further by designing our new fit out to WELL standards. Unlike other accreditation systems, which focus on buildings, WELL focuses on people. An evidence and performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and wellbeing in the built environment, WELL’s assessment focuses on the concepts of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
As a design consultancy committed to energy efficiency and sustainability in design we also believe it is important to minimise the environmental impact of our own business operations. We operate an Environmental Management System (EMS) designed in accordance with the requirements of ISO:14001:2015, externally certified by Exova BM Trada. We first achieved certification in 2010 and were one of the first organisations in the world to transition to the 2015 version of the ISO:14001 standard.
Our EMS provides a framework for identifying, implementing and monitoring initiatives to continuously improve our environmental performance along with engaging all staff in environmental initiatives. Recent successes include significant reductions in paper and electricity consumption across our UK offices, a major reduction in practice-wide car fleet emissions and the introduction of a cycle to work scheme.
Our approach is formally described in our corporate Sustainability Policy, a copy of which can be provided on request.