If you're a company working in the outdoor business then environmental considerations should be high on your agenda. Not just because the products you stock are connected with the mountains, but mostly because people in the outdoor business are passionate about outdoor activities and the environment they play in.
At George Fisher we've definitely got more than our fair share of climbers, runners, skiers, bikers, walkers and backpackers. This is why embedding "sustainable management" into our everyday lives at the store has been a natural step, and everyone in the business feels they have a part to play. We all agree we have a responsibility to minimise our impact on the environment, both locally and globally.
Below is some background demonstrating our commitment to the environment. Please follow this link for specific advice on WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment).
Back in 2008 we took our first steps towards giving a structure to our efforts, working with Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency towards their Cumbria Business Environment Network (CBEN) awards. The CBEN process audits George Fisher against stringent criteria, and we were awarded Bronze back in 2008 for work including waste re-use and ethical sourcing of bags.
The next stage is tougher; as CBEN puts it...
"This is an award for organisations and companies who are prepared to make significant progress along the road of environmental management".
Two of the biggest challenges we're facing at the moment are reducing our energy use, and reducing the waste we send to landfill. So by looking hard at what we do, over the last year we've cut our energy consumption by over 13% and reduced the quantity of landfill waste by over two-thirds, or 77,000 litres.
These efforts have helped George Fisher gain CBEN Silver in 2010, which we're particularly proud of. Plus we've managed to raise £4,661 for Nurture Lakeland, our local conservation charity, over the previous 12 months. No resting on laurels though - we're now working hard to achieve Gold!