We're sustainable

We’re committed to doing business in a way that allows you, the communities we work in, our staff and our planet to thrive. This is embedded in our sustainability agenda which embraces a set of environmental and social initiatives, committed to delivering long term benefits.

Our achievements so far

Sustainable products

OfficeTeam has over 3,000 environmental products carefully selected for their environmental credentials. We select suppliers who have honest credentials, respect human ethics, labour rights, health and safety regulations and legal compliance. This includes undertaking regular reviews, including factory inspections to ensure recognised standards and regulations are fully adhered to.

Recycling initiatives

We’ve launched several recycling initiatives to support our customers’ environmental goals. Many of these operate through our FREE, national, reverse logistics – whereby we collect our customers’ recycling at the same time as delivering fresh supplies. This provides customers with an easy way to improve their recycling rates whilst eliminating carbon emissions associated with separate waste collections.

Green deliveries

Our green delivery fleet won two Gold environmental awards in 2018. With over 1.2 million deliveries made per year, we are constantly looking at new ways to reduce the environmental impact of our logistics operations. We are proud to have electric and double deck vehicles as part of our delivery fleet, alongside state-of-the-art route planning software to calculate optimal routes and vehicle tracking devices to encourage sustainable driving behaviours.

To minimise the packaging waste created by our deliveries, we deliver the majority of orders in the original packaging received from the manufacturer – so no additional packaging is required whatsoever. Where we have no choice but to repack items, our next choice is to use paper bags that are made of recycled paper and can be recycled after use. These bags are FSC and PEFC certified and 100% biodegradable.

100% renewable electricity

We are pleased to announce our recent transition to 100% renewable electricity, generated from offshore wind farms across the coasts of the UK.

The transition to renewable electricity will deliver an 840 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions p.a. off-set through our
new energy source. Annually, we will receive a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) backed evidence report to provide our customers and staff transparency into our electricity mix. This is an important step towards building long-term green partnerships with our suppliers that will allow our customers, our staff, the communities we work with and the planet to thrive.

Social value

OfficeTeam is committed to supporting local and global communities through a range of social value initiatives. We do this locally by supporting schools, charities and organisations with essential product donations and furniture, alongside offering our 880 staff one paid working day a year to volunteer for a local community or charity project; that’s 6,600 hours devoted to good causes. We are proud to support global initiatives by utilising our product range and national logistics to support some of our key partners to facilitate the education of children in schools from Greece to Malawi.

Find out more about CSR and environmental initiatives

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