Corporate Social Responsibility
Simple but significant changes towards a brighter future.
Roper Rhodes has for some time realised the importance of sustainability with the need to take positive action now. We have been making simple but impactful changes to our manufacturing, packaging and everyday working practices with an aim to achieving our carbon neutral goals.
Managing Director, Roper Rhodes
We have a long history of being community minded by supporting local organisations through our charitable trust, these initiatives build on this to ensure we are playing our part to look after the wider environment and help protect it for future generations.
A rewilding initiative has been introduced at our Portbury site. This has resulted in new trees, shrubs and pollinating flowers being planted to encourage insects to return to the area with the view to attracting other wildlife in the future.
Solar panels were installed at the Brassmill HQ in 2018. These panels are now generating about 15,000kwh of electricity per year, providing a significant contribution to powering the entire building where 70+ people work every day.
CARDBOARD USE REDUCTION
In 2020 alone, we cut down on our cardboard use by 79% by significantly reducing our boxing and using more efficient packaging materials and methods.
PLASTICS USE REDUCTION
While we do not use a great deal of plastic in our production or packaging, we have continued to reduce our impact by reducing single use plastics such as cling wrap.
WOOD USE REDUCTION
By recovering and re-using pallets in our warehouse and across our manufacturing, we have significantly cut back on our wood material use.
PAPER USE REDUCTION
We are making strides year on year to reduce our paper use by promoting online downloads of our brochures and addressing paper use in our offices and warehouse.
In conjunction with the vehicle manufacturer Maxus the company has started an innovative trial by adding a fully electric vehicle to its delivery fleet. The vehicle, a 3.5t long wheelbase van is performing deliveries to customers in the Bath and Bristol area and if successful will be rolled out further. In addition, we are presently testing the viability of an entirely electric sales fleet. Initially starting with a test in selected areas, if successful electric cars will be rolled out across the the sales force where practical within a year.
To address packaging use a task force was established in 2020 with the sole purpose of reducing wasteful packaging across all our categories & in particular to work toward the eventual elimination of all plastics and unnecessary materials use.