Contributing to social value through social, economic and environmental activities
At David Phillips, we believe in strengthening the communities in which we work and understand the importance of contributing to social value through our social, economic and environmental activities. We achieve this through continually improving and implementing our social and environmental strategy. Understanding the needs of our customers and the wider community is key to developing a positive contribution which is fully supported by our workforce and supply base.
David Phillips recognises that providing wider community benefits begins internally and we ensure our employees are fully committed to the David Phillips way by implementing a recruitment and training policy which aims to source employees from unemployed backgrounds; providing continual professional development to our workforce to advance the individual and ultimately our customers’ experience. This year David Phillips has truly lived up to its values in providing sustainable employment to over 15 individuals from the unemployed register, trained 6 apprentices and provided 4 paid internships to graduates.
As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy David Phillips has this year opened a warehouse and delivery depot in an economically inactive area of Birmingham, working with Birmingham Council’s economic employability team to employ 7 individuals from the local area.
David Phillips is working towards ISO 14001 accreditation to demonstrate our commitment to providing an efficient and environmentally sustainable service. Our main environmental considerations are; transport, waste removal, packaging waste and impact from repeat deliveries. Through all contracts and all business sections, David Phillips attach great importance to maintaining, and having a positive impact on the environment. Our policy is to meet and, where practical, exceed all relevant regulatory requirements and to minimize any adverse environmental effects. This helps not only to preserve the environment but also to improve the efficiency of the company. David Phillips continually assess the environmental impact of our operations and, through minimising the use of materials and resources; we reduce our wastage to the lowest practical level. Consideration is always given to the environmental effects of our product sourcing and wherever possible we will use materials and components that can be recycled. A continual improvement process is in place to ensure we operate a best practice environmental management system.
David Phillips operates a fleet of vehicles which identifies the most fuel efficient at the time of purchase. All of our vehicles are fitted with sophisticated Masternaut tracking devices. As well as monitoring driver identity and all vehicle movements, they also monitor driving performance for care and fuel efficiency for each driver. The combination of new vehicles and driver monitoring has brought about a fuel saving of 20% in comparison with previous vehicles. This is a saving of over 1 tonne of CO2 per vehicle year and over 50 tonnes CO2 per year for the company.
A 2011 study of David Phillips by University College London demonstrated that our logistical arrangements are inherently efficient, producing typically 50% to 70% less CO2 per tonne of furniture delivered than typical furniture providers.