As such, we wish to work with organisations – clients, as well as suppliers – who take a similar approach to operating responsibly towards community, people and the planet.
We have therefore set up policies and procedures to review the responsible approach of the clients and suppliers with whom we work.
Our client and matter take on committee helps us to review the organisations we work and collaborate with, to improve the positive impact of our businesses together.
We are all on a journey, and accept that a number of organisations face significant challenges in evolving their practices to improve their impact on the environment, communities and people. We wish to work with those who recognise this, who are looking forwards and exploring how to be better responsible corporate citizens, and are ambitious in their approach.
With our suppliers, we continue to look to work with those who share our values and, for those that currently fall short, we will cooperate where we can to support them.
We annually commission research organisation EcoVardis, “The World’s Most Trusted Business Sustainability Ratings”, to conduct their sustainability benchmarking review on Ward Hadaway.
For the second year running, we were delighted to achieve their Silver rating, with the following scores:
This puts us in the 89th percentile of all businesses in our sector
As mentioned, we are working across all four areas reviewed by EcoVardis to improve what we do and its effect. That being said, we are especially focused on improving our approach to sustainable procurement.
We have already revised our questioning of suppliers in relation to their approach to sustainability and expanded the range of suppliers covered by our requirements. We are working towards achieving a Gold rating within two years.
For now, we are delighted and extremely proud to be in the top 11% of all organisations in our sector.
Giving back to the communities in which we operate has always been, and will continue to be, a key priority for Ward Hadaway.
Environmental damage is one of the greatest challenges the world faces. And as a founding member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance and accredited to ISO14001, we are keen to play our part.
Our people are our most important asset. We have spent many years building a business and a team to be extremely proud of.