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3233Polyflor worked with Anita Cormac OBE and provided the flooring on her latest project, The Cooking School in Halifax. This was to become a flagship, high specification kitchen for a teaching academy, raising the profile of cooking education.

Environmentally Preferable Flooring 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility3233"Corporate social responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the community and society at large."World Business Council for Sustainable DevelopmentCorporate Social ResponsibilitySupporting the wider communityNeighbours - Polyflor is a socially aware company with its manufacturing site being in the heart of a residential area. Duty of care to our neighbours is critical to ensure a happy living environment is provided to our neighbours. Reducing noise pollution and emissions was pivotal, so emissions checks are constantly monitored on site and £500,000 has been invested on minimising noise, through acoustic engineering within the factory. We also ensure that LGVs always turn off their engines during evening and early morning deliveries and collections. The site is also encapsulated by trees and greenery, which is aesthetically pleasing to local residents, as well as encouraging biodiversity.Charity & Donations - Polyflor contributes to charitable donations or worthy causes. This may be financial or supportive with a donation of flooring. In the last 12 months Polyflor has been involved with a number of fantastic programmes. One of which was working with Anita Cormac OBE on her latest project, The Cooking School in Halifax. This was to become a flagship, high specification kitchen for a teaching academy, raising the profile of cooking education. Polyflor realised that this was a great initiative aimed at educating the educators in empowering them with valuable information about nutrition and cooking, which is important in a modern society consuming an ever increasing amount of convenience foods. We were delighted to offer product for the use area (flooring and walls). Following on from a day at The Cooking School, staff from Shibden Head Primary School decided they wanted to introduce cooking into the curriculum and converted a classroom into a kitchen. Again Polyflor was requested and we were happy to oblige in providing their flooring. We have also been supporting Olympic hopeful Jordan Gayle with his training and other costs associated with qualification events. Based in Manchester, the 20-year old Commonwealth taekwondo champion hopes to feature and succeed in the London games this year. Flooring Industry - Polyflor's involvement with the Recofloor scheme of which it is a founding and funding member, also has a social aspect. It operates an education programme for the sector, engaging with flooring contractors about the scheme, the importance of it and why they should get involved. We are promoting the Recofloor scheme at 'grass roots', providing information to more (floor laying) training colleges, apprentice schemes and our own floor fitters' training school at Polyflor. Once signed up to Recofloor contractors are issued with a Certificate of Commitment. This helps prove their green credentials to potential customers whilst ensuring that they are doing their bit for the environment. The Recofloor scheme also has awards for customers - Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, depending on the volume and quality of recycled material submitted.Education - We are involved at all levels of education with local schools and colleges. Polyflor supports schools by participating in work placements and the Young Enterprise Scheme and we actively support training colleges throughout the country as well as sponsoring FITA, the industry training body. We also have a dedicated training school on site, enabling contractors to learn best practice for fitting vinyl flooring. Internationally - Polyflor was also approached by a Lions Club member, as they are helping 1000s of blind people in Uganda to see again. They converted a bus into a mobile cataract surgery, allowing people in rural areas of Uganda access to ophthalmic facilities. We provided free flooring to this project.