Environment

Environment

We look for ways to reduce our own environmental footprint – from our office and business travel – over time. Our facilities team coordinates our efforts to keep our footprint low, and all Speedo staff play a role.

Our priorities are to use less energy, to recycle more, and to use water and other natural resources responsibly. Activities include:

ENERGY

We moved to our new, energy efficient headquarters in Nottingham, UK in 2010. It is rated as ‘excellent’ by sustainable building experts BREEAM, has a level B Energy Performance Certificate (the second highest rating), and uses half as much energy as our previous base. Energy saving technologies include lights fitted with motion sensors that automatically dim on a bright day, revolving entrance doors that help regulate inside air temperature, and a ground source heat pump that makes use of warmth from the ground outside. The building is also fitted with photovoltaic solar panels.

Emissions from business travel and commuting is another focus area. Many Speedo team members need to travel to visit manufacturing sites and our global offices, but we avoid flights where possible by using state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology. We have also switched to lower emission vehicles in our company fleet. We offer Speedo employees discounted season tickets for local public transport, arrange for a mechanic to visit our office to service employees’ bicycles, and have showers and lockers on site for those who choose to cycle to work.

WASTE

We recycle around 90% of our waste and are working towards sending zero waste to landfill.

We promote recycling and have centralised waste bins that help employees to quickly and easily segregate paper, cardboard, plastics, batteries and food waste. We also separately collect wood, metal, electronic waste, and photocopier and printer toner cartridges.

Where possible we look to reuse furniture. When we moved offices we recycled over 150 metal cabinets by re-spraying them to suit the new building design, and donated anything we could not reuse to local hospices and to furnish the café area at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s nearby Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Employees now use their own mugs to make tea and coffee, dramatically reducing our use of disposable cups.

NATURAL RESOURCES

We take care to use natural resources responsibly.

Our water consumption is relatively low and our bathroom facilities are set up to use groundwater from boreholes, further reducing our reliance on mains water. We have also replaced bottled drinking water with mains-fed chilled water dispensers.

We source office furniture with high recycled content, and all the paper we use is Forest Stewardship Council certified.