Ethical & Social Responsibility

About Us

The Cumberland recognises that it has an impact on the environment arising from its activities, including the use of energy, the purchase and disposal of materials and equipment and pollution arising from its motor vehicles.

The key objective of The Cumberland’s Environmental Policy is to manage and reduce our environmental impacts through ongoing energy conservation, recycling and waste reduction.

The key elements that are being undertaken to achieve this are:

  • Ongoing monitoring of energy usage is undertaken on a monthly basis
  • All newly installed boilers, air conditioning and air ventilation systems are energy ‘A’ rated
  • Use of recycled paper in Head Office and all Branches
  • All confidential paper is securely shredded then recycled
  • Recycling of Paper, Plastics, Cardboard, IT, Electrical Equipment and Printer Toners
  • Ongoing monitoring of waste consumption
  • Our People’s awareness of energy conservation, recycling and waste reduction
  • Reduce the emissions from company cars and business travel wherever possible
  • Providing audio and video conferencing facilities to minimise the amount of travelling to meetings
  • Looking for ways to save energy during any upgrades and when we buy new equipment
  • Reducing print volumes and energy consumption by the use of centralised printer/copier/scanner/fax units in all sites
  • Ongoing lighting replacement with energy efficient ‘A’ rated or LED light bulbs

The Cumberland complies with the Energy Savings and Opportunities Scheme (‘ESOS’). ESOS is a UK Government initiative, under an EU Directive, and requires The Cumberland to identify and reduce its energy consumption. We have recently completed our submission for the 2019 ESOS compliance requirements.

We have implemented a Sustainability Working Group to identify, prioritise and drive forward key recommendations to make our workplaces more sustainable.

The Environmental Policy has been approved by the Society’s Board of Directors.

Delegated authority has been given to the Senior Leadership Team to agree and implement changes to this policy. The Head of Operational Resilience has overall responsibility for the Environmental Policy.