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Sustainability At Swift

Environmental Sustainability Policy 2024

Our Mission Statement

We acknowledge that our veterinary activities, services and operations at Swift Referrals have an impact on the environment and have identified key impacts related to our business that contribute to our environmental and carbon footprint. We recognise that we have a legal, moral and ethical responsibility to improve our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods. Through the implementation of this sustainability policy we will encourage wide reaching participation amongst employees, clients and suppliers working to reduce these impacts, whilst upholding the highest standards of animal health, welfare and clinical care for our patients. 

Policy Aims

We endeavour to:

  • Incorporate environmental considerations into business decisions
  • Monitor and improve our environmental performance each year
  • Comply with all relevant local or country specific environmental regulations

Our Commitment to Action

Practise responsible resource use

  • We will reduce the carbon footprint of our business through efficient use of energy within our operations
  • The energy consumption and efficiency of new products and equipment will be taken into account when making procurement decisions
  • We will seek to minimise the amount of water we use
  • We will minimise the amount of waste produced through reducing, re-using and recycling of materials wherever possible

Be sustainable in our operation

  • We will promote the use of travel alternatives such as e-mail or video/phone conferencing 
  • We will make additional efforts to accommodate the needs of those using public transport or bicycles and support schemes or incentives to promote a healthy active life
  • We will promote biodiversity on-site
  • We will reduce the environmental impact of anaesthetic gases

Use medicines responsibly

  • We will practise responsible antimicrobial and parasiticide stewardship
  • We will prescribe and dispose of medicines safely

Empower the team

  • We will review this policy regularly in consultation with staff and other stakeholders
  • We will provide staff with relevant environmental training and information to implement this policy
  • We will work with suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors to improve their environmental performance

Further Information

IVC Evidensia and Swift Referrals will review policies and procedures periodically to reflect changes in legislation and good practice. We communicate this policy to all stakeholders including staff, clients and suppliers. This policy will be reviewed and updated every two years and will be available to view on our website. If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions then we encourage you to contact us on info@swiftreferrals.co.uk.