Sector Case Studies
Ltd is a pioneering design and print company. The company acknowledges
the industry’s impact on the environment, including biodiversity,
and has published a biodiversity policy to address its own footprint.
The company employs a Waterless Offset printing process which reduces
Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions by 98%, while also producing
a higher printed quality. Seacourt became one of only two printers
in the UK to be registered to the Eco-Management Audit Scheme.
Recently Seacourt’s efforts have been recognised by the wider
business community, as they have been awarded winner of the London
Liveable City Awards 2005 (Climate Change), winner of South East
England Development Agency Sustainable Business (2004), and The
Oxfordshire Sustainable Business of the Year (2004). In addition
to these awards, Seacourt became the first printer in the UK to
achieve the “Biodiversity Benchmark Award” from the
Wildlife Trust, which clearly demonstrates their commitment to Biodiversity.
Press, a Small to Medium sized Enterprise (SME) employing 60
people, has been developing a Corporate Social Responsibility policy
for the past 15 years. While Beacon Press only occupies a site extending
to 1.25 acres, they recognise that they share this footprint with
a variety of flora and fauna for which they accept they have a duty
of care as a key component of the company's environmental management
system. As a result, about ¼ acre is landscaped with a river
boundary on one side.
The company’s biodiversity work has involved the landscaping
of the site with over 200 trees and shrubs, creation of a wildlife
area with log pile, bird nesting and butterfly boxes, a hedgehog
and toad house and compost bin and log pile. Bird feeders with a
choice of nuts and seeds have been also provided. On site Beacon
Press already have recordings of green woodpeckers, goldfinches,
blackbirds, thrushes, blue tits, bullfinches, long-tailed tits,
magpies, chaffinches, robins, linnets, siskins, sparrows, bats,
rabbits and grey squirrel.
Beacon Press has recently commissioned a full site survey by an
independent ecological consultancy. Future plans include the building
of a pond, a wildflower area and the planting of more indigenous
plants and trees. The company also produces regular Environmental
Factsheets to help raise environmental awareness among their staff
and to explain what they can do to contribute.
Photo Credit: Josef Krecek