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Environmental & Social Responsibility Policy

ENVIRONMENTAL

Hanson Plywood consistently endeavours to preserve the environment and reduce all environmental impacts that result from the daily activities and operations of the organisation. In order to improve, reduce and mitigate risks of
any adverse impacts inflicted on the environment, the company has an environmental Management System in place which assesses these risks and sets out documented processes to ensure they are efficiently and effectively
managed.

The company recognises that although wood and wood-related products are a renewable material, unsustainable and irresponsible harvesting of forests can have severe adverse effects on the environment, local communities, indigenous forest people and the global economy. Since before the adoption of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) ((EU) No 955/2010), Hanson Plywood have adhered to the Timber Trade Federation’s Responsible Purchasing Policy© (RPP). The policy operates in compliance with the EUTR to ensure that a robust Due Diligence System is implemented, assuring that all imported timber and timber-related products are harvested in line with the applicable legislation of the country of origin.

The company is also a signatory to both FSC® and PEFC™ Chain of Custody Schemes and has respective management systems in place with the aim to monitor compliance with these schemes. As an FSC® Chain of Custody certificate holder, we are committed to their values and ensure that we are not directly or indirectly involved in the following activities:

a) illegal logging or the trade in illegal wood or forest products;
b) violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations;
c) destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations;
d) significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use;
e) introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations;
f) violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions, as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998.

Fundamental to the environmental policy are colleagues who are aware of current legislative requirements applicable to waste disposal, energy consumption, vehicular emissions and health and safety and are actively
involved in ensuring the company is fully compliant in all areas. Hanson Plywood are fully committed to ensuring the company does not stagnate so that it can evolve and continually improve in its approach to crucial environmental matters.

SOCIAL

Hanson Plywood employs 58 people from single site in Halifax, West Yorkshire. The company places a lot of emphasis on the way employees are cared for, ensuring that they always feel valued and secure in their employment. To assist with this, the company has the following internal policies in place:

• Equal Opportunities Policy
• Anti-Corruption & Bribery Policy
• Staff Privacy Policy
• Health & Safety Policy

With the above in mind, the company has the greatest confidence that no employees are exploited or forced into compulsory labour in line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

This confidence extends to the company’s supply chain, where a robust Due Diligence System and recognised Third Party Certification schemes (such as FSC®, PEFC™ and FLEGT) work to eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking from our supply chains.

A system is in place to ensure that relevant staff within the business are able to recognise signs of forced labour and human trafficking and employ appropriate prevention measures.