Foster claims that an astonishing 51% of the components it now uses to build its refrigeration units are sourced within a 35-mile radius of its UK factory.
Over half of the components that go into manufacturing its goods are now sourced from suppliers based close to its Kings Lynn HQ as part of a drive to support local businesses and ensure that product miles remain low.
Overall, Foster says that 85% of its suppliers are now based in the UK.
The figures were revealed in the company’s 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility report, which was published this week.
As part of its ‘responsible sourcing’ policy, Foster says that where local sourcing is not possible it aims to ensure through the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and SEDEX standards that its sourcing is in line with its social responsibility targets.
The company says it is working hard to buy from local suppliers where possible, although the report does not indicate where the components originated from or how far they had travelled to get to the supplier in the first place.
The latest CSR report is the second that Foster has released and outlines its progress in areas such as climate change, sustainability and social responsibility.
Foster claims it is the first European company in commercial refrigeration to set its own robust environmental targets.
Paul Veried, VP refrigeration and weigh, Europe, who was part of the Foster steering group which created the second report, said: “The nature of a manufacturing business means it carries with it a certain environmental impact, and therefore it is our responsibility to ensure we are doing things right. We see ensuring best practice in every aspect of production as key to making sure we keep this impact to a minimum — throughout our entire supply and production process, right through to our customers, with products which run as efficiently as possible.”
Foster has spent £4m on its low-carbon manufacturing facility over the past few years, using it to construct the new generation of EcoPro G2 products that it launched last year.
Highlights of the report included:
– 64% reduction in C02 emissions per cabinet produced.
– Waste reductions in cardboard waste 56%, general waste 72% and chemical waste down by 82%.
– Up to 98% of old products are recycled or reused, minimising landfill and element deterioration impact.
Veried added: “The credibility of the data we publish remains an important factor in support of our leadership in these areas so we have continued to use independent bodies to audit and verify our information.”