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By its nature, printing has an impact on the environment, the economy and society. The development of our sustainability strategy aims to continually improve our impact in these areas through innovating our business with industry and supply chain solutions.

Commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative

The Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the Worldwide Fund for Nature to promote best practice in emissions target setting for businesses. A science-based target is a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions aligned with the level of abatement required to avert the most dangerous impacts of climate change. Clays has committed to set:

  • A near-term target to be achieved between 5 to 10 years to recognise the need for immediate action to reduce emissions as much as possible
  • A long-term target to reduce emissions by 90% from our base year and offset remaining emissions to reach net zero by no later than 2050

The first step involves collating an inventory of our greenhouse gas emissions covering our entire business operations, including scope 3 emissions across the supply chain to then develop targets aligned with our commitment.

As Clays progress with our sustainability strategy, we will be updating you on these objectives and what we have already achieved with our newly launched newsletter.

FSC® Chain-of-custody certification

FSC is a global, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide.

FSC provides a connection between the forest and the end user, ensuring that products with the FSC label uphold principles and criteria which bring the highest social and environmental benefits. 

FSC certification can positively impact workers and communities, shift governance processes globally and change economic and environmental conditions in the forest. This impact improves conditions such as conflict over land tenure and use, worker’s health and safety, biodiversity conservation, protection of endangered species and participatory forest policy.

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Our FSC licence code is C018072 please follow the link below to view our full certificate

ISO 14001:2015 certification

Clays Ltd also conform to the Environmental Management System standard ISO 14001:2015 

ISO 14001:2015  is an internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems (EMS).

The standard requires commitment to:

  • Protection of the environment
  • Prevention of pollution
  • Improving environmental performance
  • Fulfil compliance obligations
  • Continuous improvement
  • Sustainable resource use
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Protection of biodiversity and eco-systems


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