Symphony sets out sustainability targets for 2022 and beyond

Symphony sets out sustainability targets for 2022 and beyond

Celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, the Symphony Group has maintained a “long-standing commitment to sustainability and the environment”.

The business says that it continues to make strides in reducing its carbon footprint “through both operations and product credentials” and it has recently signed up with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as a Gold partner, contributing to the conservation and protection of wild places in Yorkshire where its head offices reside.

Managing Director Richard Bunton said: “At Symphony, we have always taken our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and are committed to continually learning, innovating and implementing sustainable actions in order to reduce our impact on the planet as much as possible.”

With this in mind, the firm has revealed its latest sustainability targets with a statement “that will work in harmony with the planet”:

To maintain its ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems certification across all sites.

To maintain full FSC Chain of Custody certification for all timber-base materials it procures.

Continue to monitor and record packaging specifications (including the percentage content of recycled material) and minimise single use virgin plastic, where possible.

To increase the average vehicle MPG of its delivery fleet by 1% by the end of 2023 (2021 baseline).

75% of its car fleet to be PHEV by 2025.

To include fully electric vehicles in its car fleet by the end of 2025, subject to a feasibility evaluation.

To reduce the total paper weight of its literature production by 10% in 2022 (2021 baseline).

To understand and measure the embodied carbon in its core furniture by the end of 2025.

To procure green electricity and gas tariffs for its headquarters and manufacturing sites by the end of 2025.

Building on its recent success of being named the Fortis Kitchen Supplier of the Year, Symphony has also now been awarded the accolade of the Buildbase ‘Best Supplier’ in its annual awards ceremony. Based on both “the quality of product as well as the supplier’s ability to provide an exceptionally high level of customer service and aftercare”, the awards are voted for by the kitchen and bathroom showroom staff in every Buildbase branch, and consider the relationships with sales and technical teams, stock management, marketing and sales strategies and overall support as part of the award criteria.

Simon Collyns, Marketing and Retail Director of Symphony, said: “We couldn’t be prouder to have won Best Kitchen Supplier for a second year and it’s a testament to our teams that work so hard behind the scenes to ensure our products are always of exceptionally high quality. We will continue to invest in our products, services and staff to ensure our customers receive the very best value as well as outstanding customer service and aftercare.”

Symphony's Gemma Coulam (Middle) and Simon Davis (Left) receiving the ‘Best Supplier’ accolade at the official Buildbase conference
Symphony’s Gemma Coulam (Middle) and Simon Davis (Left) receiving the ‘Best Supplier’ accolade at the official Buildbase conference.

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