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Sustainability

We’re committed to building modern, sustainable, and safe living and working environments in the communities in which we operate, while also doing what we can to influence the industry to take meaningful environmental action.

We say that SIG was born green because our environmental awareness can be traced all the way back to our funding roots.

As we respond to climate change and rising energy costs, addressing our own carbon footprint is crucial. We also want to play an influential leadership role in the transition to sustainable construction through our central position in the building materials supply chain.

We say that SIG was born green because since we were founded, we have supported the drive for better energy efficiency standards and greater protection for the environment. Our five group-wide sustainability commitments, launched in 2022, support our renewed focus.

SIG’s five sustainability commitments

NET ZERO CARBON BY 2035

We have committed to net zero carbon in SIG’s operations by 2035 at the latest and as stated in 2021, we aim to achieve this target by meeting the following secondary goals:

  • 80% reduction against total Scope 1, 2 and business travel emissions by 2035 (using 2021 emissions as a base year) and offsetting any residual emissions;
  • cars and forklifts (“FLTs”) to be 100% electric by 2030; and
  • commercial vehicles to be 100% electric, hydrogen, or lower-carbon alternative by 2035 (although this continues to be dependent on the pace of progress in the development of external technology, especially for HGVs).

ZERO SIG WASTE TO LANDFILL BY 2025

Our commitment is for zero SIG waste to landfill by 2025. Our primary responsibility is the SIG waste that we directly control, including monitoring and validating third-party waste contracts for our sites. This will be achieved by waste segregation, reuse of packaging and paperless processes.

However, the nature of our role as a distributor in the middle of the supply chain, handling logistics between customers and suppliers, means we are already coordinating complex logistics and breaking bulk, which helps reduce on-site waste (both materials and labour) in construction. We are also well placed to support a circular economy by recycling and repurposing materials to reduce waste and raw materials extraction.

PARTNER WITH MANUFACTURERS AND CUSTOMERS TO REDUCE CARBON AND WASTE ACROSS THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Our commitment is to partner with our manufacturers and customers to reduce carbon and waste across the supply chain.

As a specialist distributor of products central to building energy efficiency, SIG is at the heart of the supply chain, uniquely placed to help suppliers and customers meet their own sustainable construction ambitions.

SIG’s role is to provide choice, data transparency and expertise on regulatory compliance. We are working to identify and promote more sustainable products from new and existing suppliers.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

We are committed to being a health and safety leader in building materials distribution and to providing workplaces that assure the safety, health and wellbeing of our employees, contractors, and stakeholders.

OUR PEOPLE

Our commitment to our people is to make sure they feel safe, proud, and valued. Their health and wellbeing are integral to this. Now more than ever, we will do what we can to support, educate and provide opportunities for our people to stay happy and healthy at work.

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