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Sustainability is at the heart of Pezzottaite Journals business, and we take special care to manage the impact of our day-to-day running of the business on environment. In addition to corporate activities such as greening our buildings and minimizing air travel, we encourages and supports colleagues who take individual responsibility for the environment.

Pezzottaite Journals recognises that our activities, products or services may have an effect on the environment and are committed to minimising them. We understand our responsibility towards environment and to future generations, to manage and continually improve our environmental performance at every stage of our operations.

We aim to ensure that all our activities are undertaken in the most sustainable way and are in accordance with legislative requirements and industry best practice. It is our aim to reduce that effect to a minimum, by implementing an effective system for managing our environmental impact. By regularly assessing the significance of our interactions with the environment, we will set objectives and targets relating to our operations.

Our main environmental impacts are the consumption of natural resources in the development, production, marketing and distribution of our journals and in our general office activities. These can be broken into the following categories:

  • Paper procurement and consumption for editing, publishing and office use;
  • Energy use for transportation, office operations and that which is embodied in products;
  • Waste generation & Water consumption;
  • Environmental performance of our suppliers, i.e. use of inks in printing, efficiency of printing presses, use of fuel in transportation;
  • Transportation emissions for product distribution and staff and business travel.

In recognition of these environmental impacts, we have established objectives and targets that will help us to continually improve our environmental performance.

Our Commitments

In order to address our environmental impacts we aim to:

  • Reduce our natural resources and energy consumption, and to purchase energy from renewable sources wherever and whenever possible;
  • Reduce the use of papers and electricity;
  • Prevent or reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants (if any) caused because of any of our activities;
  • Build an accurate picture of all those activities that have a carbon impact, and investigate the best options to reduce our carbon footprint, including reviewing transport and distribution – if applicable;
  • Reduce the amount of waste diverted to landfill by reviewing printing and packaging and by switching from disposable to re-usable office materials;
  • Meet or surpass applicable regulatory and other requirements, if applicable in the nature of our business operations;
  • Adopt sustainable procurement principles and require suppliers and contractors to provide evidence of the environmental credentials of their products and services (e.g. FSC or PEFC certification), wherever feasible;
  • Promote our environmental policy among employees, partners, customers, and others in our industry; and to ensure that all of them are aware of our aims, objectives and actions to meet these commitments;
  • Commit to continuous improvement, monitoring the environmental credentials and performance of our suppliers, and setting targets for improvement;
  • Reduce, reuse or recycle wastes.

Our Initiatives

Pezzottaite Journals promotes recycling of plastics, paper, and food waste and limits energy use where possible. There are numerous local initiatives to recycle PCs, mobile phones, and other electronic waste.

Pezzottaite Journals started "Green Room" local Citizenship Councils, volunteer teams that promote recycling, energy conservation, and reduced paper usage and waste at their facility. The local teams are helping to shape our company's environmental priorities and projects. Some initiatives include:

  • Supplying Shred-It bins for shredding and recycling confidential information and other waste paper;
  • Promoting green communications through electronic dissemination of colleague communications;
  • Recycling cardboard, paper, glass, batteries, and plastics. Each workstation is equipped with both a recycle bin and waste side-caddy. All production rooms and printer stations will be equipped with recycle bins;
  • Replacing halogen lights with LED lights where possible;
  • Offering video conferencing and flexible work schedules where our employees have an opportunity to telecommute;
  • Partnering with Energy Star;
  • Using green and socially responsible products such as bio-degradable dish and hand soap; non-bleached paper towels; wooden coffee stirrers; recycled copy paper, envelopes, folders; and Fair Trade tea and coffee (in some locations);
  • Eliminating Styrofoam and plastic cups, and installing “one at a time” napkin dispensers and motion-sensor paper towel dispensers in cafeterias and lavatories;
  • Offering lunchtime seminars on environmental issues;
  • Setting copiers to duplex copying and encouraging double-sided copying;
  • Eliminating unnecessary business travel;
  • Investing in video-conferencing and web-casting technologies;
  • To offer developing countries free or greatly reduced rate access to many of our journals;
  • Biodegradable wrappers will be used for mailing journals, where available;
  • To reduce energy consumption in Pezzottaite Journals offices by installing automatic and energy-efficient lighting; power monitoring; and installing solar water heating;
  • To reduce consumption of paper and other products, we use electronic communications wherever possible.

Pezzottaite Journals encourages sustainable forms of travel where possible. When relocating facilities, Pezzottaite Journals aims to maximize accessibility to public transportation.

  • Cycling is encouraged, with on-site;
  • Commute to work on mass transit;
  • Carpools and ride sharing is encouraged.

Whilst investing in new technologies to complement our traditional paper-based products, and supporting the growth of paperless methods of publishing, Pezzottaite Journals continues to play a responsible role in purchase of paper. We aim to reduce any environmentally-damaging impact by adhering to a paper procurement policy which stipulates the use of sustainable materials.

Pezzottaite Journals recognizes the responsibility to select papers that utilize the highest standards of sustainable, clean, and efficient production. We align ourselves with producers who have clear policies that assure compliance with all local environmental laws and regulations. We encourage the ISO 14001 environmental management standard among our suppliers as a means of managing the positive and negative impacts of their operations. We believe that compliance with these standards is a valid means of establishing a supplier's commitment to the environment, and it assures us that rules are in place that govern non-acceptance of wood from illegal or sensitive forest sources.

Pezzottaite Journals preference is for paper manufactured without the use of elemental chlorine, and, where process permits, we will try to use totally chlorine-free papers. We will also use paper produced by high-yield pulp processes, and, where applicable, lighter-weight papers. Both of these actions require less wood from the forests, reduces product weight, and production and transportation energy requirements. Our use of papers containing post-consumer recycled content continues to be driven by a number of factors, including improvements in availability, cost effectiveness, and emerging research on the best use of recovered fibre.

We will use paper from sustain ably managed forests. Nearly all journals and promotional materials will be printed using paper from sustainable sources, which has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council scheme (FSC), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC), or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council, http://www.fsc.org) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1993 and key supporters include Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, many indigenous peoples' organisations, timber traders and retailers and members of printing industries worldwide. The Chain-of-Custody certification shows the businesses comply with the highest social and environmental practices, supporting the world's forests and timber resources. The FSC supports forests, ensuring they are conserved for future generations. It tracks certified material from the forest through the production process all the way to the point of sale.

The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes, http://www.pefc.org) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1999 which promotes sustain ably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.

SFI forest certification (Sustainable Forestry Initiative, http://www.sfiprogram.org/) promotes responsible forestry practices. To be certified, forest operations across the USA and Canada must be audited against the SFI forest standard. SFI chain-of-custody certification extends into the marketplace by tracking fibre content from certified lands through production and manufacturing to the end product. This standard is assured through independent third-party certification.

Pezzottaite Journals is committed to purchasing ancient forest friendly products wherever possible, and does not condone illegal logging of ancient forests. We will not use ancient forest fibre in our supply chain.

We inform our suppliers of our requirements with regard to the paper procurement policy, and endeavour to work in partnership with our suppliers in order to ensure that the paper we purchase comes from certified, well-managed forests. Suppliers are required to provide evidence to support their claims on environmental issues, and must comply with the relevant environmental laws and regulations in their countries of operation.

For suppliers of outsourced publishing services such as printing, typesetting, and distribution, Pezzottaite Journals will undertakes to work only with suppliers who are audited by 'prelims' (www.prelims.org/); an umbrella organisation for publishers who are concerned that their products are ethically produced. This is an international standard for social accountability. The companies involved in prelims work to promote and implement a common, internationally-recognised social accountability standard, which they themselves and their suppliers must adhere to. The standard covers areas including working conditions, health and safety issues, adequate remuneration, working hours, and the prohibition of the use of child or forced labour.

Our Green Group will be responsible for ensuring that the above mentioned commitments are met. Our policy and environmental commitments will be reviewed on regular basis. Pezzottaite Journals actively works to raise awareness of environmental issues among staff and will ensure that its employees and customers are aware of the company’s paper procurement policy.