Social and Environmental Commitments
Western Red Cedar timber is the ultimate natural, renewable and strong material for Joinery, and the global demand will only grow. Western Red Cedars value to humanity and benefit in a sustainable woodworking industry can only have value if we purchase and import our Cedar timbers in ways that generate economic growth, create social benefits and minimize the impact on the environment. All of our timber products are purchased with a PEFC chain of custody. Where possible we strive to purchase 100% PEFC material. For more information on our PEFC chain of custody certificate please follow this link.
Our company has a Business environmental policy, which you can view here. Our environmental policy covers the use of business consumables, energy and water, transport and supporting a green culture. We strive to reduce our impact on the environment at every business opportunity and place this commitment.
As we update our vehicle fleet we aim to replace our vehicles with ever more efficient vehicles which offer reductions in carbon emissions and other pollutants.
Labour Standards and Human Rights
At Woodpecker Joinery our intention is to be a company who strives to maintain high employment welfare standards both internally towards our employees and to also reflect our expectations upon our domestic and international suppliers. To ensure we have a clear benchmark of our expectations we subscribe to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code. More details can be found at the following link. These base codes are an internationally recognized set of labor standards based on the ILO conventions.
To support our welfare standards internally amongst other policies, we exercise Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy and an Anti Bullying policy – both available on request. Our top priority is to make sure our employees go home safely to enjoy their families and maintain good occupational health. All aspects of health and safety are highlighted through our Health and Safety policy with the intention of developing a culture where every employee takes responsibility, and preventing harm by actively influencing others through training, communication and using best practices.
Working with the community
To improve horticulture in the community we have made donations to charity including a shed building to Horticap to aid volunteers and adults with learning difficulties to continue a program of propagating, cultivating and maintaining quality plants in North Yorkshire. Another charitable donation was made to Fox Hollies School, Birmingham we donated a greenhouse to encourage school children to engage with horticulture. At the Hampton Court flower show 2012 we installed and provided a greenhouse to be used as a butterfly house in a silver medal-winning garden designed to “highlight the decline of Butterflies Worldwide and educate and encourage others to do their bit of UK Butterfly Conservation.” We prepared and temporarily installed a greenhouse installation for Victoria Brown art installation at Tatton Park flower show to enhance the artists “Flowers Fairies & Sprites Project” designed to engage with young children at the Tatton Park show and encourage youngers to grow in the garden. Recently we also installed wooden garden accessories in a local school – St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School at a heavily discounted value to help furnish the remembrance garden.
In relation to skills development, we have run an NVQ apprenticeship scheme since 2005. Our apprenticeship offers a place to vocationally study bench joinery and we have developed and supported over 14 students in the last 12 years. We currently have three apprentices enrolled and look to employ another two students to begin in the 2017 academic year. As to develop mature members of staff, one employee recently completed City and Guilds Electrotechnical craft qualifications funded by the company. Safety has also improved by funding an employee to participate in a manual handling course aim to train an individual to deliver manual handling training, and now facilitates an in-house manual handling program and so improve workplace understanding of manual handling risks and practices.
We are currently fully funding an over 21-year-old mature employee to complete his NVQ bench joinery qualification. We are also advertising to recruit an apprentice to join our office team and study for a business administration qualification. We run a quarterly appraisal scheme to identify training needs, set employee development goals and identify any concerns or personal struggles they are facing.