In this article, we offer an honest account of our commitment to working in a sustainable manner that helps to conserve the natural resources of our planet.

As a company, we developed the Future First Initiative in 2020 and have been operating under this ethos ever since.

The best way to understand Klipspringer’s journey towards sustainability is through the 3-Pillar Approach outlined below:

Customers

We care about the sustainability commitments of our customers – offering support and solutions every step of the way.

Products & Services

We are determined to minimise the environmental impact of our products. Sustainability is key to our product development plans.

Company

We want to educate and empower the Klipspringer team, driving sustainability initiatives and nurturing a culture of responsibility.

As you can see, we want our sustainability efforts to stretch right across the business, effecting positive change in every aspect of our operation.

To ensure we are being transparent and encouraging our customers to hold us accountable, we decided to provide an overview of our efforts so far, along with a few examples of our action points for the year ahead.

Bike2Work Scheme

Here at Klipspringer, we are proud to be a part of the government-approved Bike2Work Scheme – an initiative that not only promotes the health and happiness of our employees, but also helps to reduce our collective carbon footprint. By making it easier for the Klipspringer team to access high quality bicycles and cycling equipment, our goal is to encourage everyone to reduce their car usage and the associated emissions. To support this scheme, our current offices have a dedicated area for bike storage and this will also be true of our new premises – with an even bigger bike rack on the cards.

Driving Positive Change

And for the staff members who live further away or are unable to cycle into work?

We are also running an Electric Car Scheme that presents Klipspringer employees with an affordable opportunity to drive an electric vehicle.

As a government-approved, salary sacrifice scheme, we believe this initiative will play an incredibly important role in our move towards a more sustainable future, with ‘commuting’ included as part of a company’s carbon footprint in regards to Scope 3 emissions.

In the interest of providing a third option, Klipspringer has also launched a Car Share Scheme that encourages employees to make the journey in together – saving on fuel, reducing air pollution, and lowering the number of cars on the road.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We have ensured ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ is a key part of our company culture, with this mindset applied to both our product range and our daily life at Klipspringer HQ.

From recycling bins in our cafeteria to the introduction of a more energy efficient printer, we are determined to support and empower our employees at every turn.

And in terms of our products, here are just some of the actions we have taken so far:

  • Prioritised the development of equipment that is in a Circular Economy
  • Launched a range of cleaning equipment that is made from recycled materials
  • Increased the range of electronic instruments in our popular trade-in scheme, which has been in place for over a decade
  • Supported customers with the switch to Digital Systems
  • Developed equipment that helps to reduce product waste
  • Consciously nurtured a supply chain that is based in Europe

Partnerships & Certification 

Conscious of the dangers of ‘green washing’, we understand that there needs to be real weight behind our eco-conscious claims.

With this in mind, we have been a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) since 2017, a market-leading sustainability platform that promotes responsible and ethical supply chain practices. This membership requires full compliance with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

It is also worth noting that through the trade-in scheme mentioned above, we recycle two models of industry scales in accordance with the WEEE Directive. Finally, we have made a commitment to monitor and reduce our Scope 1 emissions (direct greenhouse gases) and Scope 2 emissions (indirect greenhouse gases).

Future Planning

The Klipspringer team is incredibly excited to be making the move to a new premises in 2024. As well as giving us more space for our growing workforce and expanding product range, this move will also grant us the opportunity to speed up our journey towards a more sustainable future.

Here are just some of the changes we will be making as we transition to our new headquarters:

  • Design an energy efficient premises e.g. improved insulation and LED lighting
  • Move away from gas towards an electric energy supply
  • Introduce a new, more energy efficient manufacturing process
  • Expand our range of sustainable/circular economy products
  • Monitor our Scope 3 emissions and identify the best solutions for reducing them
  • Minimise waste and continue to offer solutions that reduce food waste
  • Drive staff awareness in regards to conserving energy

We hope this overview has provided you with a better understanding of Klipspringer’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. We encourage you to engage with the aspects of our operation that support your own environmental goals and to hold us accountable as we address the areas that require further enhancement.

To learn more about our existing efforts or plans for a more sustainable future, you can contact us on 01473 461800 or sales@klipspringer.com. Alternatively, you can use the form below to arrange a free consultation.  

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