Environmental Policy

Commercial Money Matters strives to understand its environmental impacts and looks to minimise these as much as practicable. This is our policy on such matters:

  • Consumption, use and disposal of materials

We follow the Reduce (consumption), Reuse, Recycle hierarchy. In particular:

  • Commercial Money Matters (re)uses scrap paper where appropriate.
  • Where batteries are required, they are always sourced as rechargeable batteries.
  • Our office supplies’ procurement is always aimed at sourcing products with better environmental credentials.
  • Commercial Money Matters commits to purchase all new paper from 100% recycled, UK manufactured sources and refills its printer cartridges (until they no longer work) rather than purchasing entire new cartridges as standard.
  • We set our margins on paper to a moderate setting to reduce the total amount of paper sheets printed on; and we print double-sided as default.
  • When larger purchases are required, such as IT equipment, Commercial Money Matters buys either pre-used items or new items that have good environmental credentials.
  • The main waste output from the office is paper and cardboard; 100% of this waste is recycled (when it cannot be reused).

Energy consumption
The company uses three small offices. These use only a small amount of energy to run due to their compact size. Each office:

  • Uses only fluorescent light tubes and only when required.
  • Has a thermometer in to check it is not heated beyond 20OC. Heating is via under-floor heating or radiators powered by gas boilers. There are heat reflective panels behind the radiators to reduce heat absorption and loss to the walls.
  • Has no air conditioning.
  • Has computers and peripherals switched on only when being used; monitors are switched off when a pc is temporarily left.

Travel is a main component of the direct carbon footprint of Commercial Money Matters. As much of our work is connecting with rural businesses, we do use 4×4 vehicles. Employees’ vehicles are privately owned. To lower or offset the carbon footprint, we:

  • Encourage staff to buy used vehicles rather than new vehicles and to consider the CO2 emissions value when deciding on future vehicles.
  • Buy carbon offsets for our annual mileage via The Carbon Neutral Company.
  • Aim to undertake 5% of our annual business mileage by public transport or by foot/cycle.
  • Pay mileage expenses for cycle journeys.

Sustainable investments
Sustainability means living our lives today in a way that won’t compromise future generations. It considers economic, social and environmental impacts. Please see our Corporate Social Responsibility policy for further information in this area.

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Dennis Jones
Trustee, Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum

Graham‘s hard work and dedication resulted in significant savings for our museum. His professionalism and perseverance enabled us to refinance our existing debt, favourably. The new arrangement also provides a flexible drawdown facility which can be repaid early and will be useful when essential repairs crop up.
Graham truly demonstrated his abilities by taking the time to get to know us and work with us to develop an innovative finance solution for our multi-award-winning museum, where you can still find the framework knitters’ working and living conditions perfectly preserved.