On 1 July 2021, Gravity Media’s UK business formally began the process of earning certification to ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. These are internationally recognised standards in Environmental and Health & Safety Management, conferred by the International Organisation for Standardisation.
The main driver for gaining these standards is to ensure that we limit our impact on the environment whilst simultaneously providing a sustainable, safe workplace that’s a supportive and responsible space for all our employees.
ISO 14001 is the principal international standard for environmental management systems (EMS), and the system that specifies the requirements for the formulation and maintenance of an EMS. An effective toolkit of mechanisms for managing environmental issues and driving sustainability and improvement, it is designed to ensure that, as an organisation, we understand our effects on the environment as well as how we are affected by it. This toolkit will enable us to manage these effects by placing strategic environmental planning into all future business plans, reassuring our stakeholders of our commitment to the environment, and ensuring we meet all our legal obligations.
Accreditation follows an approved path, tailored to each company according to industry requirements. 28 February 2022 is the proposed date for our Stage 2 Certification Audit, but this will not signify an end to the process. We recognise that our ESG performance is a continuous, adaptive journey, and part of our ongoing efforts to embed a culture of environmental and health & safety management in Gravity Media.
We feel it is important to combat climate change and try our best to not contribute to it. Being a world leading media company, we are working hard, prioritising the reduction of our Carbon Footprint, further demonstrated by recently being awarded with ISO 14001.
Climate change is only worsening if we let it and at Gravity Media, we have been doing whatever it takes to reduce our overall greenhouse gas emissions. Gravity Media has a responsibility to tackle this issue and find solutions.
Currently, we have found that setting achievable targets in a certain time frame is the most effective method of reducing our contribution. Firstly, one of our key aims in doing so is by educating our team and encouraging them to take action – this may even be through small things in their daily lives.
In order to stay on top of this, we have worked with our data management team to ensure that all data can be viewed easily and most importantly, can be backed up.
In terms of our long-term future plans, we plan to find an effective strategy to reduce overall carbon emissions. Below is our ‘Carbon Road Map’ which has been broken down into four key steps:
- 2022, Define & Measure – Carbon Footprint Report July 2022 – Achieved
- 2022 / 2023, Reduce – Carbon reduction plan
- 2024, Offset – Procure good quality carbon offsets to achieve Net Zero
- 2024, Document & Validate Carbon Neutrality Declaration (with a BSI recognised specification for carbon neutrality)