We recognise that we have a responsibility to promote and adopt organisation policies that support sustainable practices and improve health. We regularly evaluate our practices to ensure we are minimising the impact we have on the environment. This is done alongside our workplace initiatives that help to inspire BMA staff to uphold our values on sustainability. Find out more about our workplace initiatives.
Waste and recycling
We recycle on average over 55% of the waste we generate. As of February 2016, BMA House has achieved zero-to-landfill status. All waste produced at BMA House is either recycled or recovered. New recycling and waste facilities were introduced in May 2016 to all BMA offices to replace personal desk bins and improve access to recycling waste for all office-based staff. Staff are now able to recycle paper, cardboard, cans, plastics and food waste.
Throughout March 2017 our recycling processes were reviewed: we produced new recycling posters to help staff recycle better and through an audit ensured that the way we recycle is consistent throughout the building.
BMA staff are encouraged to distribute papers electronically and to print on both sides using re-manufactured ink and toner cartridges. We also encourage staff to switch off lights and close windows where required, use environmentally friendly cleaning products and research suppliers to select those that match our values.
Our estates team has been working to ensure BMA House is reducing its carbon footprint by using low-energy motion-sensitive light fittings, 100% renewable energy power supply and providing facilities for people wanting to cycle to work.
The Technology services team only replaces equipment when it stops working rather than because it has reached a certain age. It has also changed its working practices to help reduce the BMA’s energy consumption. For example, the BMA has started using Office 365, allowing us to save and archive files and folders to the cloud reducing the number of machines we use and our energy consumption.
We have invested in Skype for Business video and audio conferencing and webcam facilities, allowing staff to make phone and video calls from their laptop, reducing the need for staff and members to travel. Where travel is necessary, most domestic committee travel has been switched from air to rail. To further reduce our carbon footprint, we have collated all office supply orders into a single delivery, preventing multiple deliveries for orders.
BMA House and the national offices use socially responsible taxi companies which are involved in community projects.