Environmental policy

Sustainability is an integral part of the KSEL management system that is detailed in our Environmental and Sustainability policy. This ensures that sustainability is a business priority then it is reflected in all aspects of our organisation, to ensure that decisions are made with their sustainability
effects in mind there.

Our Sustainability policy is focused upon two key principles:

Operational principles

• Good Employer: KSEL is committed to employee satisfaction, development and well-being. KSEL, from the most senior management level display and model fairness and equity in all aspects of employee relations and show no tolerance for discrimination, bullying or harassment. Workplaces are
safe and healthy, and employees are encouraged to provide input and participate.
• Environmental responsibility: KSEL is respectful of environmental limits and operates in an environmentally efficient way in the design and delivery of its services.
• Community contribution and fairness: KSEL contributes to making the communities in which it operates better places to live and do business (for example, sourcing materials locally) and employees are encouraged to become involved in achieving this goal. All employees demonstrate
honesty and fairness when dealing with stakeholders.
• Influencing others: KSEL actively encourages others such as suppliers, customers and its employees to improve their own sustainability performance.

Strategic principles

• Integration of sustainability into the organisation: sustainability is a business priority and is reflected in all aspects of the organisation, including our business processes (such as decision making, vision,
performance management) and Policy statement to ensure that decisions are made with their sustainability effects in mind;
• Minimising risk and maximising opportunity: Addressing risks and uncertainty when making choices and taking a precautionary approach when making decisions that may cause serious or irreversible damage. Ensuring that environmental impact is considered when applying the BATNEEC principle during the delivery of our services;
• Transparency and accountability: the organisation is transparent and accountable about its performance in matters that are important to others;
• Meeting tomorrows needs with innovation (Integrated and long-term thinking): Considering the long term (inter-generational) implications of all decisions. Seeking solutions that are mutually reinforcing rather than accepting that a gain in one area will necessarily be achieved at the expense of another.

The KSEL management team satisfies the principles as follows:

Environmental impact

Energy and Carbon: Reduce operational CO2 emissions, improve the energy efficiency of products and services;

• Promote and use energy-efficient public transportation;
• Minimise travel using technology e.g. arranging on line meetings;
• Switching off lights and computer monitors when not in use.
• Waste: Support our aims of zero waste to landfill and increased use of sustainable and recycled materials;
• Use of recycled paper and printer cartridges;
• Use of recycling bins;
• Minimise use of products containing “single use plastics”.
• Water: Reduce consumption and reliance upon potable supplies in production and operations;
• Bio-diversity and Ecology: Protect ecology and promote an environment rich in flora and fauna;
• Pollution: Minimise noise and harmful emissions to land, air and water.

Financial impact

• Above average industry level wage for our people;
• Employee pension scheme;
• Spending on locally based suppliers: Purchase of stationary;
• Financial implications for the organisations actives due to climate change.

Community impact

• Contribute positively to the social and economic wellbeing of our communities. Minimise disruption, nuisance and environmental damage;
• Employee time donated to voluntary causes: e.g. GOSH, Lullaby Trust, Greyhound Gap;
• donations and in-kind support to community groups e.g. RNLI; Children In Need;
• Sustainable Employment: Advertise employment and training opportunities to give local communities an equal opportunity to work;
• Staff training;
• Staff appraisals.

Social impact (including ethical and cultural)

• Ethics & Labour Standards: Provide a safe, respectful and positive culture throughout the supply chain;
• Health, Safety & Wellbeing: Work with us to protect and improve the health, safety and wellbeing of staff;
• Heritage: Work with us in creative ways to preserve or re-use heritage assets;
• Renovation of 1875 Railway carriage for use as KSEL Headquarters.
• Supply Chain Commitment: To achieve these goals, we need a responsible and committed supply chain capable of delivering the following sustainable procurement principles;
• Network Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change: Design and supply solutions that function reliably within projected changes in climate and weather conditions;
• Diverse and Inclusive Supply Chain: Provide local suppliers and sub-contractors an equal opportunity to compete for appropriate contracts;
• Access: encourage design in refurbishment and construction that provides good access and inclusion for all members of the public;
• Step free access on stations and platforms.

Conclusion

Applying the principles offers KSEL the following business benefits:

• Be more efficient and competitive;
• Engage in responsible entrepreneurship;
• Increase their financial return and reduce risk for shareholders;
• Attract and retain employees;
• Improve customer sales and loyalty;
• Grow supplier commitment;
• Strengthen community relations;
• Contribute to environmental sustainability.

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