As part of plastic-free July, Exertis Enterprise spoke to our Environmental Advisor about our history of environmental development in the channel and our business, and a look to the future.
I’m Ann-Marie Hill, I’m the Quality & Environmental, Health and Safety Advisor at Exertis Enterprise. I’ve been here for about 12 years. A lot has changed in that period!
- What does your role entail?
I manage the Environmental management systems; this involves establishing workable policies, processes and best practices that fit with the Exertis Enterprise business model. I also respond to vendor and customer enquiries relating to our environmental programme and keep them all up to date.
For example, Exertis Enterprise ensures that all its products comply with the European WEEE (Waste of Electrical & Electronic Equipment) and RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directives, and the EEE (Electrical & Electronics Equipment) compliance scheme which is a member of the Environment Agency. Exertis Enterprise also holds BSI certifications ISO 9001 Quality Standard and ISO 14001, which is an environmental management system that enables us to consistently control activities which have significant impacts on the environment. The certification also provides Exertis Enterprise with regulated third party endorsement and a means of substantiating the company’s environmental achievements and goals. It demonstrates our high environmental standards and has helped us reduce costs and improve efficiency.
- What does sustainability mean to you and Exertis?
It is integral to our business and plays a huge part in not only the day-to-day functions, but also the planning and strategy of the wider organisation too. The Exertis Sustainability page is a good summary of what our companies are trying to achieve – https://www.exertis.co.uk/sustainability.php
- How can we be more sustainable given the current Covid-19 guidelines?
Reusable face masks are a much more environmentally-friendly way to follow government guidelines. Recent research highlights the negative impact that disposable face masks will have on the environment, and we can all try to limit the amount of harmful plastic that ends up in landfill and our seas globally by making more sustainable choices.
- How have you helped to make Exertis a more sustainable business?
Exertis Enterprise recognises that there will be a increase in demand for products that are more environmentally sound, with less plastic material as well as low energy consumption features. Therefore we work closely with our suppliers/vendors to roll out new products and solutions for existing and future customer projects, which fulfil these environmental requirements in increasingly more efficient ways.
- Have you faced any challenges in your role?
Luckily the enterprise data industry fully grasps the concept of adding ever-evolving design of environmentally sound, cost-effective products and solutions that meet with global environmental legislation to their portfolio, which enables us to deliver a more environmentally comprehensive service to our customers.
- What are you working on currently?
Expanding our robust environmental management systems which are fully implemented and operational, and looking at ways to improve them further – to enhance the sustainability and environmental experience for our customers and vendors alike.
- How can Exertis employees support your goals?
My colleagues’ continuous support of the environmental goals that the company have in place, as well as the continuous support they provide their customers to enable them to achieve their environmental potentials.
- Are there any trends we can expect to see in the future?
Two words – data sustainability. I expect to see an increase in trends from companies who will deliver more environmentally compliant products and solutions into the market, with less plastic material and packaging, and which are more cost-effective and energy-efficient in general.
- Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Hopefully we can look forward to a time when the future generations think that the IT industry, and the positive environmental impact it had, was a major contributing factor in reducing carbon footprints, plastic usage, and in saving the planet!
Source: Exertis Enterprise
Published Date: 20/07/2020
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