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Asendia UK and ESG

Learn more about our ESG initiatives and how we support customer's to meet their ESG objectives.

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Asendia Group has an ambitious sustainability strategy, and is 100% carbon neutral through offsetting.

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Asendia UK's ESG initiatives

As well as benefiting from our Group's sustainability strategy, Asendia UK has a number of UK specific initiatives that we're proud of.

From recycling, electric vehicles and tree planting, to Ecovadis assessments and ISO 14001 certification.

Silver ecovadis

Asendia UK, on our first submission, has been awarded a Silver EcoVadis Medal. This result places Asendia UK among the top 25% of companies assessed by EcoVadis

EcoVadis assesses the quality of our sustainability management system, across 21 CSR criteria within four themes (environment, labour & human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement).

We are also ISO 14001 certified.
ISO 14001 is a set of standards put forward by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Its purpose is to clarify the best practices for organizations that wish to reduce their environmental footprint by adopting an effective environmental management system

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Print Releaf

Assisted by FleetMPS we have established a partnership with PrintReleaf which ensures we offset our entire UK paper usage, including that of our lettershop, print and mailing customers. 

We are proud to support a certified reforestation venture that seeks to enhance afforestation and reforestation in Parc naturel régional Médoc, which lies in the north of Bordeaux, France. The project supports the planting of native Pedunculate Oak and Maritime Pine trees in the region, with the goal of safeguarding and expanding native woodlands while also aiding in the regeneration of deteriorating forests in the area.

In 2023, we are also choosing to join a verified programme (Verified Carbon Standard and the Verra Registry) to offset the CO2 generated by the manufacture of the paper we use when we print. We also actively encourages our team to conserve paper and avoid printing out emails or documents.

 

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Recycling initiatives

We actively focus on UK recycling initiatives across our three sites, over 325 tonnes of cardboard, paper, printed matter and plastic in 2022 and in 2023 the total tonnage was 247 tonnes.

Our Mail sortation and Fulfilment Centres in the UK have dedicated Cardboard, Paper and Plastic Baling equipment installed. Our Environment Agency registered recycling partner collects regularly.

Consolidated waste recycling and bulk buying consumables
As we have an Asendia vehicle that already runs between our 3 UK sites, the most environmentally friendly option is to collect the recyclable waste from the sites and feed it all into the one hub at Heathrow. This means that we are able to fill one articulated lorry to capacity on collection, thus reducing carbon emissions.

We will soon bulk buy consumables for all three sites and deliver them on the van that visits each site anyway. The intention is to reduce the carbon footprint of multiple deliveries to three sites.

Pallet recycling
We re-use any serviceable pallets within our UK business to reduce the need to purchase further pallets. Any damaged pallets that are beyond repair are collected by our pallet provider and are turned into animal bedding. We are avoiding any pallets going to landfill or incineration in doing this.

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Eco Pallet Boxes Project

We are a proud participant in the International Postal Corporation (IPC) Eco Pallet Boxes project.

The boxes can be traced and stock may be managed thanks to the RFID technology included in them. As the boxes arrive, they can be reused and transported to other destinations in the network, minimising the need for pallet boxes to be returned. They can also be utilised at all destinations in its network, fostering a circular economy.

The boxes also have many features such as being strong, long-lasting, and environmentally friendly. They can be flattened, which makes them simple to carry and store and improves the efficiency of warehouse operations.

Due to the employment of cages and other techniques, cross-border road transport methods in the past were ineffective. The IPC Pallet Box was developed to simplify operations while reducing expenses. The IPC Pallet Box maximises use of the load capacity while minimising equipment tare weight (weight of an empty container), allowing for more effective use of road transportation.

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Electric fleet

In the UK we have moved half of our small collection fleet to electric vehicles - covering 75,000 miles annually.

The intention is to grow our fleet of e-vans over the next few years as and when contracts expire and are due for renewal; thus, our entire fleet will be electric.

You can watch a short video about this here.

Company cars
Our employees who drive company cars are encouraged to consider the EV option, and to help promote this we are installing charging stations at our sites.

Hybrid working
Where practical staff are encouraged to adopt a ‘hybrid mode’ of working, split between home and the office. We believe this will have a positive impact on the environment, as the daily commute which contributes to gas emissions will be considerably reduced.

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Woodland Trust corporate partner

By planting trees with Woodland Trust, Asendia and its largest direct mail customer mitigates the carbon emissions from their mailings.

Asendia UK's biggest direct mail marketing customer asked us if we could help them calculate and mitigate the carbon produced by their campaigns (in addition to Asendia's group carbon offsetting strategy).

We chose Woodland Trust as the partner to work with and more than 5,500 tonnes of carbon has been mitigated since 2014.

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Culture Champions

Asendia Culture Champions is a group of Asendians who believe in, help develop, and cultivate excitement in the workplace culture. The group focusses on presenting and implementing ideas on how we can celebrate Asendia UK culture that is reflective of our colleagues’ diversity.

The Asendia UK Culture Champions are a group of 20 nominees from across all 3 sites, all departments and the full range of job roles.

  • Helping to maintain our culture and spirit that reflects our values, especially those around trust and friendliness.
  • Foster a culture that prioritises employee wellbeing and recognises its significance in achieving business success.
  • Encourage work environments that value work-life balance, mental health, and employee happiness

4 pillars of Asendia's culture

  • Employee Engagement
  •  Sustainability
  •  Diversity & Inclusion
  •  Health & Wellbeing
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“I am proud to be a Culture Champion. Asendia is taking this really seriously and giving us the opportunity to make a big difference

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50% female representation on the board

Anna McCarron Asendia UK's HR Director was featured in The HR Director Magazine, and discussed how our business has achieved 50% female representation on the board, showcasing our equitable dedication to gender diversity, inclusivity, and innovation, and creating an environment where everyone can thrive. 

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Our local mission

What are we all about at Asendia UK?

We want to excel in every interaction with our customers. Service excellence drives what we do, and, as a growing business, we have a clear ambition to make Asendia UK amazing in all of our touchpoints with customers; this is our driving force.

e-commerce is our future; we are proud to work with many of the leading British and Global retailers & marketplaces and have a real passion for supporting existing and new customers to help them achieve their growth strategies.

Saying “Yes” is one of our favourite things! We know that one size does not fit all, and work with our customers to build agile, innovative, tailor-made and sustainable solutions powered by strong technology and extensive global networks, to enable them to overcome challenges and exceed the needs of their worldwide shoppers.

We have people who are professional, thorough and focused. They are also caring, friendly, approachable and creative, and come to work with a smile. We look to the future with excitement and optimism.

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Above market average net sales growth in coming three years 

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Providing a best in class experience for our customers

IMPROVE
Strengthening our products, performance and processes 

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Putting our people first and being a great place to work

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This is Asendia UK

Our UK team is made up of around 350 people, working across three operational, processing and fulfilment sites located in Hounslow near Heathrow, Bedford and Southampton.

We surveyed our people to help build a picture of who we are.

 

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