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            Sustainability

            At Howdens, sustainability is central to our growing business to ensure we continue to be worthwhile for our staff, our customers, our suppliers, the environment, and the communities we serve. That is why sustainable behaviours are adopted right across the business from our material sourcing to manufacturing, right through to depot waste management and our distribution fleet. With low-cost production in dedicated factories in the UK, we are able to minimise waste, energy, and raw materials with a goal to reach carbon-neutral manufacturing by 2022. We also continue to develop and re-engineer our products to ensure we meet our mission statement of “no-call-back on quality”, so we produce and source products, which are durable, safe, and continue to benefit the environment.

            What we have achieved so far

            • 100% of the timber products  made by us are FSC and PEFC certified

            • More than 90% of the  materials  used in our cabinets are recyclable

            • Our cardboard packaging is 100% recyclable

            • 100% of waste from operations avoids landfill

            Communities and partnerships

            • Howdens becomes The Queen's Green Canopy platinum supporter  

              We have become a platinum supporter of The Queen's Green Canopy initiative, which will see trees planted to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. 

            • Howdens joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

              We have joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Network, as we strengthen our commitment to the circular economy, sustainability, and the environment.
            • Celebrating a 10-year partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue 

              We are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of our on-call support for the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.
            • Charities

              Every year, our staff go above and beyond to support local causes, clubs and charities. Just as the kitchen is the centre of the home, we position ourselves at the centre of communities in order to help those most in need.

            A sustainable strategy

            •  Made in the UK   

              We have invested in our UK manufacturing, so we can make more products on home soil. This supports local communities where our factories are based and also brings the environmental benefits of shorter supply chains. 

            • Carbon-neutral manufacturing 

              In 2020, 11,000 tonnes of sawdust from our manufacturing process was converted into energy using biomass boilers at our factories in Runcorn and Howden. This is a big step towards carbon-neutral manufacturing. 
            • Responsible purchasing 

              Our staff across key operations at Howdens complete regular training to promote responsible and ethical purchasing to ensure we build sustainable partnerships with our suppliers.
               

            • Lowering emissions 

              Our transport fleet drove more than 15 million miles in 2020, so ensuring our distribution is both safe and efficient is important to us. We aim to reduce our CO2 emissions of our distribution fleet before 7 per cent by 2023.

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