Environmental Policy – Statement of Intent
Kiss Communications commit to achieving the highest standards with regards to environmental matters arising out of our activities. It is our intention to be at the environmental forefront of our Industry.
All managers, employees and freelancers have duties and responsibilities under this Policy, and in order to ensure these responsibilities are met regular review of environmental performance shall be carried out.
We recognise that protection of the environment requires commercial activity to be conducted in a sustainable manner. We are fully committed to best environmental practice and take responsibility across all of our business activities and will encourage our business partners and members of the wider community to join us in this effort.
We as a Company acknowledge these responsibilities and are committed to implementing the actions stated by:
- Publishing our environmental policy.
- Ensuring Management accepts ultimate responsibility for the achievement of the intended outcomes of this policy.
- Have commitment to continuous improvement of the Environmental Management System.
- Including the requirements of this policy within our strategic business planning.
- Developing a comprehensive Environmental Management System, which ensures compliance with all Environmental Legislation, Regulations, Codes of Practice and any other Standard to which the Company subscribes.
- Collaborating with, influencing and guiding our stakeholders / clients to choose the best solutions for the environment thereby infiltrating this policy to a wider audience.
- We have analysed the environmental aspects of our activities and have evaluated their environmental impact. From these impacts we have established clear objectives aimed at continual improvement in our environmental performance which will be monitored through periodic auditing and management reviews. We also remain committed to the prevention of pollution.
We recognise our key impacts to be in the areas of:
- Energy use.
- Waste management and disposal.
- Releases to water.
- Utilities usage.
- Local community.
We will strive to manage these impacts at the same time meeting all relevant legislative requirements, through:
- Ongoing review and assessment of our activities thereby identifying areas of environmental impact.
- Minimisation of waste through careful and efficient use of all materials and energy, and adopting the
principles of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’.
- The purchase of sustainable products wherever feasible [e.g., recycled, FSC or low environmental
impact products and energy from renewable sources].
- The training of employees in good environmental practice and the encouragement of employee
involvement in environmental action.
- The adoption of an environmental sound transport strategy.
- The reduction in risks from environmental, health or safety hazards for employees and others in the
vicinity of our operations.
- The inclusion of environmental and ethical considerations in investment decisions where appropriate.
The Environmental Management System will develop over time so that all key issues pertinent to our Company will be addressed. The Environmental Management System will reflect the Policy Objectives and supporting programmes.
Modern Slavery Statement
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that KISS Communications has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. KISS Communications has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
KISS Communications is an integrated creative digital marketing agency.
Our high-risk areas
We have identified our high-risk areas to be:
- employment, where our policy is to comply with all applicable legislation, including laws relating to minimum wage and the working time directive.
- supply chains which include providers of goods, services, materials and utilities (the majority of which are based in the UK).
- services from third-party news providers, and technology, recruitment agencies and telecommunication suppliers (also based in the UK).
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Code of business conduct. This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
During 2023 KISS Communications is working on developing a robust supplier policy that will require us to conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence will include an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery. Our anti-slavery policy will form part of our contract with all suppliers and they will be required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
We have policies in place in the organisation, including (but not limited to) diversity, anti-bullying and harassment, disciplinary & anti-bribery and corruption. In addition, we also provide all our employees with access to our staff handbook, which further emphasises our values as a business. We continue to develop training for employees, reflecting our commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking.
Our performance indicators
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if no reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors for the financial year ending 31 December 2022.