Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of everything TYF do, and has been driving the way we make decisions since the business started in 1986.

We are proud of the achievements that we’ve made to date and recognise the scale of the challenge in front of us. We will continue to seek out and work with the world’s leading practitioners in the field to improve our performance and help others do the same to theirs.

People

The TYF Group remains focused on looking after the welfare of everyone. We work honestly and openly with staff, customers, suppliers and clients alike, and encourage others to do the same.

Those who struggle to protect people from exploitation, disease, poverty and hunger receive our active support and we strongly oppose those who oppress the human spirit, abuse communities and attack human rights.

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Planet

Located in the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales, The TYF Group knows a thing or two about a great environment and how to provide the best sustainable adventures.

The local area offers some of the cleanest coastal waters in Europe. It is also very rich in wildlife and features some incredible landscapes and seascapes.

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Place

Act Locally, Think Globally… Now that’s an idea that appeals to us here at The TYF Group! We address world issues such as climate change and pollution of the seas by taking action locally.

We also work to support the local community and economy as much as we can by providing employment, buying local produce, using local services, and protecting the local environment.

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+Read our environmental policy statement

At TYF we are committed to making our company a leading example of sustainable business practice and to demonstrate good environmental operational procedures. We seek to minimize our impact on the environment and to influence others to do the same in order to protect the environment for future generations of life on earth.

Our commitment is to:

      Monitor our environmental performance and strive to improve it.
      Maintain our Green Dragon Level 3 environmental accreditation.
      Provide education and training for staff and customers on best environmental practices and how to tackle climate change.
      To minimise waste and avoid causing pollution
      To reduce energy consumption.
      Abide by all applicable laws and regulations.
      Avoid, as far a possible, disturbing wildlife.
    Actively integrate climate change awareness and action into all TYF products and services.

To meet these commitments we will:

      Calculate our carbon footprint and set targets to reduce carbon emissions.
      Maintain carbon neutral status by buying into an accredited carbon offset scheme which supports renewable energy installations and carbon reduction schemes.
      Purchase electricity which is generated from 100% renewable resources as well as strive to reduce overall consumption.
      Work to minimise the use of fossil fuelled transport – both from our own business operations and our customers travel to us.
      Procure stock and supplies that are manufactured from organic and/or recycled materials, wherever possible.
      Maximise the stock levels in the shop that are purchased from leading ethical brands such as Patagonia and Howies.
      To work with other retail suppliers to improve their environmental performance
      To stock products that have a long lifetime and help customers live sustainably
    Purchase only high performance light bulbs and the most energy efficient electrical appliances.

In addition we will also:

      Continue to support environmental charities through our commitment to 1% For The Planet. See http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/en/
      Encourage customers, suppliers and staff to become more environmentally sustainable through education, training and company ethos.
      Develop and contribute to the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group, which works to minimise the damaging environmental impacts of outdoor adventure within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
    Support the St. David’s Eco City project.

+Read our ethical purchasing policy

The TYF Group Ltd. is strongly opposed to those who oppress the human spirit and damage the environment, so we are working to make the world a better place by purchasing all of our goods and services responsibly – helping to protect People. Planet. Place.

This Ethical Purchasing Policy requires purchasers at The TYF Group Ltd. actively to seek the most society-friendly and eco-friendly goods, services and suppliers.

Ethical purchasing decisions will be supported through the development and implementation of:

      Ethical purchasing guidelines
      Ethical purchasing procedures
      Product avoidance guidelines
    Ethical supply-chain audits, utilizing The TYF Group’s Social and Environmental Supplier Audit questionnaire.

The TYF Group Ltd. will promote ethical purchasing to all stakeholders including suppliers, clients, employees and the local community.

The purpose of this policy is to help raise social and environmental standards and general awareness. The policy is to be reviewed and updated annually and is available to all interested parties.


General Ethical Purchasing Guidelines

Purchasers should always:

      Question whether the product or service is actually needed in the first place. Only goods and services that are really needed should be considered.
      Make best use of all existing assets – repairing, reusing and adapting wherever possible.
      Request the lowest specification possible if such a decision will enable more ethical products and services to be purchased.
      (e.g. purchase lower-grade recycled paper for internal office purposes.)
      Take into account the environmental and social impacts of a product, service and/or supplier, examining the accuracy of any ethical labeling and other claims that are made.
      Apply the procedures, approaches and guidelines outlined both here and in the ethical purchasing policy.
    Contact the ethical purchasing manager whenever guidance is required.

Products and Services

Purchasers should source products and services that are, where applicable:

      Natural
      Sustainable
      Durable
      Efficient
      Adaptable
      Reusable
      Reused
      Recyclable
      Recycled/reclaimed
      If not reusable or recyclable, safe to dispose of.
      Returnable
      Packaged Minimally
      (not over packaged. Packaged for protection in transit rather than for advertising – whenever possible, packaging should be reused, reusable, recycled or recyclable.)
      Low Polluting
      (low-emission paints and varnishes, water-based paints, biodiesel, etc.)
      Sustainable
      (locally produced organic food, FSC certified wood, green tariff electricity, biofuels, etc.)
      GM Free
      Local – reducing transport requirements.
      Fair Trade
      Suppliers
Purchasers should source products and services from suppliers who:
      Uphold human rights and are not linked to oppressive regimes
      Respect and protect the rights of employees, offering decent, regulated and legal working conditions. (ILO standards, ETI, SA8000 certified, etc.)
      Avoid the use of ‘sweatshops’
      Monitor and manage their environmental impacts and performance (ISO 14001, Green Dragon, Acorn certified, etc.)
      Continually improve their social and environmental performance.
      Offer good social and environmental performance track-records and reputations.
      Do not manufacture directly in sweatshops (in poor conditions that breach ILO guidelines) or exploit child or bonded (slave) labour – or sub-contract production to sweatshops. If problems are uncovered, the buyer should engage directly with the supplier and press for urgent improvements
    Maintain ethical supply chains.

Additional Information

Suppliers will be audited on an ongoing basis and action will be taken where problems and other relevant issues are identified. All suppliers will be made aware of The TYF Group’s Ethical Purchasing Policy and ethical purchasing information and advice will be made available on an ongoing basis. During 2006/2007, attention will be focused on the social and environmental performance of The TYF Group’s food and clothing suppliers.

General Ethical Purchasing Category Guidelines:

Packaging

The TYF Group Ltd. will source products which use the minimum packaging necessary. Purchasers should specify:

      Biodegradable or recycled packaging not made using ozone damaging chemicals
      Biodegradable loose-fill instead of blown polystyrene
      Packaging that is reusable, recyclable or biodegradable.
    That packaging should be reduced to the minimum effective level.

Ozone Depleting Chemicals
Purchasers should not source Halon fire extinguishers, except where their use is essential for the type of fire likely to be encountered. Ozone depleting solvents, such as carbon tetrachloride and 1,1,1-trichlorethane, or products containing these solvents (like certain types of correction fluid) should not be purchased.

Synthetic Pesticides
(chemicals used for pest control – weeds, rodents, woodworm, etc.)
Purchasers should source natural pesticides, unless legislation enforces the use of synthetic chemicals.

Building Materials
Purchasers should source natural, reused, reusable, recycled or recyclable materials for construction purposes wherever possible.

PVC (see PVC alternatives table for further information)
The TYF Group Ltd. will only purchase PVC or PVC products if there is absolutely no alternative.

Cleaning Products
Purchasers should source:

      Multipurpose cleaners, where possible
      Readily biodegradable, phosphate free detergents,
      Pump Sprays rather than Aerosols where available
      Natural rather than petroleum based cleaning products
      Cleaning products that do not contain the foaming agents NTA and EDTA, optical brighteners or chlorine bleaches – providing that they offer the required effectiveness.
    Natural alternatives to conventional cleaning products (vinegar, baking soda, etc.)

Printing – photocopying, in-office printing and print buying
Purchasers should:

      Ensure that equipment specifications are not in excess of need
      Source low ozone emitting photocopiers
      Specify photocopier “sleep” and “stand-by” modes to reduce electricity consumption
      Specify double-sided copying and printing features
      Ensure that, where relevant, equipment can take Refillable toner/ink cartridges.
    Purchase print services from companies that use technologies that minimize the environmental impact of their printing processes – e.g., by using waterless printing systems and vegetable based inks.

Energy
Purchasers should always seek renewable alternatives to ordinary fossil fuel derived energy, such as green tariff electricity and biofuels such as biodiesel and wood. Where ordinary fossil fuels need to be used, purchasers should give preference to fuels supplied by producer companies that demonstrate environmental and social responsibility – e.g. through investment in renewable technologies and action on human rights abuses (it may be necessary to source from ‘the best of a bad bunch.’)

Batteries
Mains electricity should be used as an alternative to batteries wherever possible. Rechargeable batteries should only be sourced when mains and solar are not options
Long life batteries should be sourced where mains, solar and rechargeable batteries are unavailable. NiH2 battery packs, instead of NiCad ones, should be sourced for laptops wherever possible.

Ethical Purchasing Procedure 1 – Leasing or purchasing a photocopier
This Ethical Purchasing Procedure outlines the questions that need to be answered when a decision needs to be take on the most society-friendly and eco-friendly photocopier to purchase:

      Does it have an energy star rating?
      Does it have an on/off switch?
      In use, how does its energy consumption compare with other makes? Is it equipped with a sleep and standby mode?
      How do its energy consumption and power saving modes compare with other makes?
      Can the time delay power-down be re-programmed (so it can be set to an optimal time)?
      Does it have an ozone filter – the better ones can be replaced? (All high-voltage electronic equipment produces ozone, which is an irritant).
      Is the ink cartridge refillable or recyclable?
      Is double-sided printing available?
      Is a lower-spec model available?
      What is the average life of the photocopier and what are the disposal options?
    What is the CSR record of the supplier and its suppliers?

Product Avoidance Guideline 1 – PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

Purchasers should always seek alternatives to products containing PVC. This is because PVC poses serious hazards during its manufacture, product life and disposal.

Vinyl chloride production is inherently a source of dioxins, a highly toxic substance that causes cancer and a range of other illnesses at very low exposure levels. PVC is useless without the addition of a plethora of toxic chemical stabilizers – such as lead, cadmium and phthalate plasticizers. These outgas, leach, etc., from PVC over time raising risks that include asthma, lead poisoning and cancer.

For further information about PVC, please contact the environmental manager.Please note that this Product Avoidance Guideline provides only general alternative product information. To identify the most ethical alternatives to PVC, The TYF Group’s Specific Ethical Purchasing Guidelines should be followed.