Ethical Trading, Environmental and Sustainability Policy

Russums is a supplier of catering equipment and clothing to the hospitality industry.

Leading clothing and equipment brands are complemented by our own products to offer a comprehensive selection of quality goods.  We manufacture items of clothing at our premises in Rotherham and also have an in house embroidery department.  The majority of our business would be classed as mail order with orders being placed by telephone, fax and e-mail.  Goods are despatched by parcel carrier or locally by our own transport.  We produce a product catalogue yearly and also have a fully functioning web site on which customers can place orders.

Russums is committed to trading relationships which are both commercially viable and ethical. 

We seek to ensure that our products are manufactured to the highest technical and ethical standards by developing long term trading relationships with our suppliers and customers.

We support fair trade and seek to operate with customers, manufacturers and sub-contractors who comply with our ethical trading policy.

The minimum labour standards we set to exceed and expect our own suppliers to comply with or exceed are as follows:

  • Employment should be freely chosen
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Child labour is not used
  • Wages and Benefits meet the minimum national legal standards
  • Working hours comply with national laws
  • No discrimination is practiced, and human and civil rights are respected
  • Russums acts in an ethical manner above and beyond basic legal requirements.

    As a Company we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and are fully committed to complying with or exceeding current legislation.  We have studied the legislative guidelines issued by the Department of the Environment and confirm that all the relative standards are being met or exceeded.

    The Company also wishes to incorporate the Government definition of sustainable development, namely the maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment; prudent use of natural resources; social progress which recognises the needs of all people, and effective protection of the environment, whilst meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

    As best policy it is our stated intention to reduce and prevent pollution wherever possible.  We have taken measures to reduce waste in all areas of the business.  For example: material waste is recycled where possible; toilets have been fitted with water reducing flushing systems; low voltage lighting has been fitted where practical and power usage is kept to a minimum during and outside working hours; waste paper is used for note taking and confidential documents are shredded for mail order packaging; off cuts in material produced in the manufacturing process are recycled and re-used to produce other items; packaging received from suppliers is utilised for our own deliveries and what cannot be re-used is collected on a weekly basis by a specialist-recycling firm. A new heating monitoring control system has also been installed to offer both greater control and more efficient use of the current heating hardware.

    Following a review in 2020/1, our delivery partner is now DPD. We are delighted that DPD have a Green vision, developing deliveries with electric vehicles, in 2021 10% of their current fleet are electric, with a target of moving from 1.3 million deliveries in 2019 to be over 100 million by 2025.

    Employees are encouraged to share transport to and from work and for journeys undertaken during the working day. Company vehicles are properly maintained to achieve maximum efficiency and minimum emissions.

    Employees are encouraged to follow best practices in regards to environmental issues and we encourage feedback on how we can continue to cut down on and recycle waste, reduce energy use and maintain a good working environment within the work place (for example, a simple policy supporting houseplants in offices).

    In 2021, we partnered with Forest Carbon as a member of their 'Carbon Club', an initiative that allows organisaions the opportunity to address their carbon footprint in a long lasting and effective way by mitigating emissions.

    'Offsets' are not a silver bullet solution that allow businesses to emit more, however they do have a role to play in finding the creation of new carbon sequesting ecosystems which have a key role in reducing carbon levels and increasing localised resilience to climate change.

    Forest Carbon invests in nature-based climate solutions - projects in Woodland Creation and Peatland Restoration - for example woodland at Swinside Mill in the Scottish Borders.

    Woodland schemes are certified by the Woodland Carbon Code, supported by the UK government and internationally recognised by ICROA (International Carbon Reduction & Offset Alliance)

    Peatland schemes are certified by the Peatland Code which is supported by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). These certification codes assure the additionality and permanence of each tonne of carbon stored.

    Not only will these project sequester carbon over time, but they also host multiple co-benefits supporting biodiversity, flood mitigation, water remediation and community green space.

    Please follow this link to see the current total of trees planted and carbon captured through our membership:

    Forest Carbon - Russums

    The Company is fully committed to continuous improvement and undertakes to review its environmental policy on an annual basis with a view to continual improvement.

    Sally Russum

    Quality Manager

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