ABDA’s Operations and Projects teams began work on our sustainability strategy towards the end of this year, with a plan to drive environmental best-practice across our business operations and supply chains and help to elevate the value of sustainable design across our industry.
A significant step in this journey has been the development of our Environmental Sustainability supplier questionnaire, which will enable us to gain a deeper understanding of the how our suppliers are managing their environmental footprint.
The first phase of the questionnaire will be rolled out across our catering equipment design suppliers, covering manufacturing processes, recycling and shipping, as well as supply chain management and overall environment vision. Following this, we will conduct an audit of our interior and front of house manufacturers. Gary Mackness, ABDA Design’s Project Director has said:
The supplier audit will be a starting point for ABDA Design, helping us to manage the environmental impacts of our operations. A key part of this is gaining an understanding of our supplier’s environmental strategies and commitments for the future.
The questionnaire launches alongside a year-long programme of sustainable-led education for our design team, which began with a one-day BREEAM training session in January, along with sustainable design-led workshops with market-leading suppliers, including Forbo, Dulux and Armstrong, as well as catering equipment manufacturers such as Unox, Meiko and Frima.
Our Design Director Richard Steade, commented:
Through our learnings and close relationships with our suppliers we ensure we are at the forefront of new trends and developments, giving us the knowledge to pass on the benefits of sustainable design to our clients with the most creative solutions and appropriate products.
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