Sustainability

OUR SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM

Our Story

Brosch Direct, as part of the Polyco Healthline Group Ltd, recognise that sustainability is an increasingly important issue for the future, therefore we are bringing it to the forefront of our businesses. For us, the challenge of sustainable transformation is balancing the need to keep our business in motion while making changes to reach our sustainability ambitions.

We understand the tough realities of our sector and that becoming sustainable doesn't happen overnight. It takes many smaller steps, sometimes challenging and some into the unknown, to really take sustainability to the next level and beyond. We are committed to building for a more sustainable future - together with internal and external stakeholders.

Our first step has been to identify the areas where we need to make the most changes to reduce our CO2 footprint. Our pursuit of Zero Waste, Say 'No' to plastics and Energy efficiency stems from this. 



Our Program

#phAMBITION is Polyco Healthline's new sustainability programme. At Brosch Direct, we are dedicated to playing our part in this ambitious plan set in motion by our parent company, Polyco Healthline. 

The program aims to build upon our sustainability successes so far and set new targets and goals whilst unlocking the power of change. Our programme is aimed at addressing the social and environmental challenges of the next decade with commitments to improve the lives and wellbeing of our people with the smallest environmental footprint.

We have considered the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) against our value chain to better understand risks and opportunities and drive positive change. That is why our strategy is focused on addressing key sustainability impacts and opportunities throughout our value chain.

ENSURE HEALTHY LIVES AND PROMOTE WELL-BEING FOR ALL AT ALL AGES

ENSURE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE QUALITY EDUCATION AND PROMOTE LIFE LONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

ENSURE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE, SUSTAINABLE AND MODERN ENERGY FOR ALL 

PROMOTE SUSTAINED, INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, FULL AND PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORK FOR ALL

BUILD RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE, PROMOTE INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIALISATION AND FOSTER INNOVATION

MAKE CITIES AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS INCLUSIVE, SAFE, RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE

TAKE URGENT ACTION TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACT

CONSERVE AND SUSTAINABLY USE THE OCEANS, SEA AND MARINE RESOURCES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

PROTECT, RESTORE AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE USE OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS, SUSTAINABLY MANAGE FORESTS, COMBAT DESERTIFICATION, AND HALT AND REVERSE LAND DEGRADIATION AND HALT BIODIVERSITY LOSS

We are focusing on the importance of a holistic approach to sustainability development and improving wellbeing. At Brosch Direct, we are continuously looking for global trends fuelling a regenerative approach to protect our People and Planet building circular inclusive value chain, with positive choices.


'phAMBITION is Polyco Healthline’s journey towards a sustainable future which supports a healthy, thriving world and promotes well-being for us all, for generations to come’.

This is a fundamental transformation of what we do, to create growth and shared value whilst keeping sustainability at our core.

We have structured our ambitions into ‘5 R’s’.

These will form the cornerstone of our sustainability program.

Reduce

For us, reduce is the beginning of our story and the 'gatekeeper' to consuming less. We see this as the foundation of achieving a lighter footprint. Small changes can have a big impact - if we all commit to reduce, together we'll make a big difference.

Rethink

What can we do differently? We want to turn off the 'auto pilot' and rethink our approach so that every decision moves us closer to our #phAMBITION. We want to think and rethink, to challenge the norm and make positive change. We aim to create an environment that's fuelled by mindfulness supporting each other, our communities, and our world.

Research

We are curious and we want you to be curious too. None of us have all the answers but our mantra is always to find out more. Together with our shared knowledge we can create better solutions. We don't just jump on the bandwagon. Our most important word is ‘why?' and our decisions are rooted in evidence, science, and knowledge.

Recycle

We want to take a more holistic approach, to understand the lifecycle of our waste so that we can be responsive and responsible. We know it can be complicated! We'll bring clarity to how waste can be disposed of responsibly.

Restore

It's not enough just to be 'less bad'. We plan to restore and restore to better. We see our world as a community not a commodity and we want to play our part in restoring that community.

Energy usage compliant with ISO 14001

Our Sustainability Milestones

Polyco Healthline pioneered the switch from plastic to paper stemmed cotton buds, being the first in the market to do so in 2016.

Elected Sustainability departmental champions to drive engagement and collaboration, whilst developing and actioning our sustainability goals.

All waste cardboard and plastic is bailed on site and sent for recycling.

100% pallet recycling through recovery and repair.

Reduced electricity consumption at our head office and distribution centres by almost 50% using solar power panels installed on our warehouse roofs and daylight panels in our warehouses.

Further reduced electricity consumption by 26% through our onsite timed LED lighting.

Installed 6 car charging stations on site and currently converting our full fleet of company vehicles to electric.

First in the UK market to replace plastic bundle wrapping with paper bundle bands on our Polyco Healthline industrial gloves.

Polyco Healthline were first to market with a range of reusable gloves made in part from recycled bottles- see Polyflex Eco.

Compliant with ISO 14001 - Environmental Management

Purchased staff reusable water bottles, and completely removed plastic cups from site.

We are working with our champions to drive engagement across the company to achieve our goals and targets. We are focused on the areas where we can make the biggest difference: waste, energy and plastics. We are embedding sustainability principles into new product development and exploring solutions that will decrease the environmental impact of our products and packaging. This is all whilst driving greater energy efficiency throughout our operations and spearheading responsible waste management solutions.

Our 2030 agenda represents a fundamental shift in thinking, recognising the interconnected imperative of a prosperous business, a thriving society, and a healthy environment. We are driving sustainable profit via triple-bottom-line, encompassing people, planet, and product leading transformation change goals for 2030.

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