AGD Systems, the leading provider of intelligent radar detection systems for the traffic management industry, has won a prestigious award for its first-class environmental and socially responsible business practices.
The growing firm, which exports its state-of-the-art products to road and traffic management authorities and suppliers worldwide, is the proud winner of a highly coveted Silver award in the International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Excellence Awards 2014.
The awards seek to recognise business achievements in the increasingly important area of CSR. They are awarded to firms that ‘have a heart’, caring businesses that use their position and influence to help their colleagues, communities, customers and the environment.
The judges were impressed with AGD’s strong level of commitment to implementing sound environmental and social business practices. In recent years, CSR has been at the core of its operations from significantly cutting the amount of waste going to landfill, reducing customer CO² emissions, minimising water usage to introducing innovative new product developments to improve energy efficiency.
As a result of its sustainability initiatives, AGD has achieved:
- 62% reduction in CO² emissions on its entire product range, equating to 4,700t and a lifetime saving of more than £800K to its customers
- All new pedestrian signal products made from 73% reclaimed material and are 92% recyclable at end of life
- 75% reduction in waste to landfill
- 52% reduction in water usage
- All clean manufacturing waste collected by local schools recycling charity
- 100% carbon neutral at its Unicorn House manufacturing facility
From a social and educational perspective, AGD has also been heavily involved in promoting engineering as a career to local schools, colleges and universities and fully supports potential new engineers entering the industry with its comprehensive apprenticeship scheme.
Pete Hutchinson, managing director of AGD Systems, said: "For businesses to be truly successful, they need to live and breathe good corporate social values. This is an important award for us, demonstrating our passion and commitment to working in a socially and environmentally responsible way. As an expanding international business, we have a duty to operate to a high CSR standard and to lead by example by encouraging our customers, suppliers, staff and competitors to do the same."
For more information, please contact AGD Systems.