Circular Economy Standard: BS8001
Sustainable business practices have been of growing concern to many industries. Fuelled by growing consumer interest and government legislations, more companies are taking interest in how to improve their supply chain and reduce waste to landfill.
Circular economy principles impact on products, services, processes and attitudes by:
- Influencing how products are designed, made, used and disposed of
- Determining service delivery and offerings
- Enhancing the efficiency of processes
- Altering the way people are trained to think in the workplace
The good news is that adopting circular economy principles has many positive side effects for business. A commitment to sustainable resource management has been shown to bring financial, environmental and social benefits.
Aylesbury Box Company has been taking steps to embed circular economy principles into our products, processes and services for many years. We continue to work on reducing the environmental impact of our work and we are reaping the rewards of this approach. We’re delighted to read that the British Standard Institution (BSI) has created BS8001, a new standard to inform, guide and recognise companies who are committed to sustainability.
BS8001 includes guiding principles for organisations to implement in order to embed sustainability across all business practices. It has been developed in association with leading UK businesses including M&S, Rolls Royce and Tata Steel. National organisations including the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, British Glass Manufacturers and the Confederation of Paper Industries, along with a number of British Universities have also helped develop the standard.
The standard includes 6 key principles:
- Value Optimisation
- Systems Thinking (considering the big picture, not just what happens within your workplace)
Aylesbury Box Company is currently working towards ISO 14001 Environmental Certification, but BS8001 looks like it could be the next logical step in proving our commitment to our green policy.