A Bradford company which carries out refurbishment and re-fit projects for retail, commercial and public sector clients has taken steps towards improving its sustainability credentials to give it a competitive advantage.
Legislative and consumer demand for companies to present their sustainability credentials means supply chains are being asked to do the same in order to win contracts in both the public and private sectors.
Contracting, manufacturing and shopfitting company, PEC has successfully achieved both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) Chain of Custody certification, which means clients can be assured that the forest products used in their projects are from sustainably managed sources.
PEC managing director Sohan Panesar said:
“We take quality systems very seriously here at PEC. As a responsible manufacturer and building company, we do all we can to ensure the materials we use are from sustainable sources and contribute to global conservation.
“We want our clients to be reassured that we are using the very best materials, which is why we’re delighted to have received this accreditation.”
PEC’s bespoke joinery manufacture division, based in Bradford, designs, makes and installs products ranging from medical furniture and shelving to retail display cabinets, office partitions and custom-designed board room tables.
FSC (ic.fsc.org) is an international, non-government organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forest management
They have developed a system of forest certification and product labelling that allows timber merchants and domestic customers alike to identify wood from well-managed forests.
The tree-tick logo is the best guarantee that timber has been produced in an environmentally sound and socially responsible manner. Several major retailers, including B&Q and Marks and Spencer, are committed to stocking FSC-certified products.
The PEFC creditation scheme covers the purchase, processing, storage, distribution and sale of timber, panel and joinery products.
Welcoming PEC certification, Alun Watkins who heads up PEFC in the UK said:
“PEFC is the world’s largest international forest certification scheme, endorsing national forest certification schemes in over 30 countries on four continents.
“With 247 million hectares under certification, the PEFC endorsement scheme had greatly increased availability of certified forest products available to companies such as PEC who are firmly committed to the responsible sourcing of raw materials.”