As a large public sector employer in the city of Wakefield and one which trades across the whole of the UK, YPO has a role to strengthen the communities and societies in which we do business.
We have established employee working groups to review our activities and suggest improvements for ways in which we can further benefit the environment, our customers and consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public.
YPO is certified to the ISO14001 2015 standard, demonstrating our responsible approach to the environment including protection, pollution prevention and socio-economic needs.
To view our certificate, please click here.
All our printers' cartridges are sent to be reused or recycled. Our old computers and IT equipment are donated for refurbishment so they can be reused for the benefit of the community. In 2018 we:
• Recycled 52 tonnes of wood
• Recycled 415 litres of waste cooking oil into bio-fuels
• Recycled nearly 158 tonnes of cardboard
• Recycled 32 tonnes of polythene
• Recycled 11.7 tonnes of metal
• Sent 96.5 tonnes of general waste for recycling
YPO operate a 'zero to landfill' policy so all non-recyclable wastes are segregated and sent for incineration to produce energy as 'refuse derived fuel' (RDF).
We are currently trialling the use of tote boxes for food deliveries in two districts in order to reduce our usage of cardboard packaging.
YPO employees regularly volunteer to take part in local litter picking with neighbouring companies, making our local industrial estate a cleaner and more environmentally-friendly environment in which to operate.
We are keen to improve our fuel consumption, and transport deliveries and ourselves more sustainably. Our delivery vehicles are fitted with solar panels to capture renewable energy, and we also operate a carefully planned delivery service to consolidate orders and reduce the number of journeys we make.
All delivery vehicles are compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standards and we have recently started replacing our fleet of HGV's with more fuel efficient 5-tonne vans. In 2018 there was a 5.3% reduction in diesel usage compared with 2017 usage.
We are also working closely with neighbouring organisations and local transport bodies to reduce the number of employees travelling to work by car. We encourage sustainable options such as the 'cycle to work' scheme, public transport and working from home.
How we are helping our customers become more environmentally friendly
To help you meet your environmental objectives, we are working hard to expand our range to include even more sustainable alternatives and materials to help you educate the next generation on reducing their impact on the environment. This includes: Fairtrade items, low energy light bulbs, recycled exercise books, a pen recycling scheme, furniture from managed forests, contracts such as refuse weighing and lifting devices, kerbside boxes and kitchen caddies.
Find out about our free battery recycling scheme.
At YPO we put employee engagement at the heart of the business. We continually capture staff feedback to drive change and innovation across the workforce.
Employees are recognised throughout the year for their hard work and commitment, long service, staff suggestions and for their contribution to living our values in their everyday roles. Our annual staff event ensures all employees have a chance to meet and network with one another, and celebrate our individual and team achievements.
The health and wellbeing of our staff is paramount. While we have office-based staff, a large percentage of our staff are on the road making deliveries, visiting customers or working physical roles within our two warehouses.
We offer staff smoking cessation sessions, wellbeing and regular podiatrist assessments to ensure we maintain a happy and healthy workforce.
Many different charity causes are close to the hearts of people at YPO. Our staff have raised over £2000 in the last year supporting local and national charities.
Occasionally we have returned or damaged stock that can’t be re-sold. However, we never waste goods that can be used; such items are used in house or donated to local charities that can make use of them.