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Sustainability Matters


Sustainability Matters

“Sustainability is instrumental in every element of our business. At the core, we are a family run business, now with the third generation of Hill family members stewarding the brand. 

This influences every aspect of business. We are committed to providing fantastic products to our customers in ways that that are better for people, better for the planet and safeguards what we have for many generations to come.”

We are working to improve our sustainable practices all the time. Here we share  some of the ways we are taking ownership of this. This is a journey, some initiatives have just started, others began over a decade ago, but all will be continually updated as we make progress.

Our People Matter

Our People Matter


People are at the heart of all we do, from the design of our products through to the environment in which we work together.

We believe it is our responsibility to:

  1. First and foremost, treat all teams in a fair and honest way, ensuring we provide a workplace where they are safe, challenged and recognised in all they do.
  2. Ensure the safety and wellbeing, both mentally and physically, of our customers, colleagues and visitors. 
  3. Play our part in eradicating modern slavery. We firmly advocate for transparency and collaboration to eliminate the risks of modern slavery. 
  4. Educating our teams and customers on the Why, What and How of sustainability, encouraging them to live more sustainable lifestyles.
  5. Support our local communities through involvement with local clubs and charities.
  6. Providing our customers with sustainable products.
Our Planet Matters

Our Planet Matters


Living in North Yorkshire, we are reminded daily of what a beautiful world we live in. It is our duty to make every endeavour to leave it in a better place than when we first arrived.

We believe it is our responsibility to:

  • Reduce our GHG Emissions: Since 2019 we have made significant inroads into reducing our carbon emissions, but this is not enough. We are committed to achieving Net Zero Carbon Emissions well ahead of the 2040 BRC targets. To help achieve this, we have begun transitioning towards running a fully electric company car fleet.
  • Improve our Operational Waste Management: Our aim is to reduce operational waste, increase our recycling capabilities, move to recyclable packaging and reduce our landfill contribution.  
  • Generate Renewable Energy: Renewable energy sources at our Head Office are sufficient to not only serve our needs but also generate more for the local power grid.
  • Breathe in the CO2: This year, we will be partnering with an organisation to plant a tree for every tree used in our products, within our very own Yorkshire and Humberside area.
Our Partners Matter

Our Partners Matter


Our business would not be the success it is without our supply chain partners and customers.  We may be spread across the UK, Europe and Asia, however Sustainability affects us all and therefore we believe it is our responsibility to:

  1. Work with our partners to share our values on Fair Trade, Modern Slavery, and safeguarding the welfare of all workers.
  2. Educate our partners on the Why, What and How of sustainability, encouraging them to limit their own impacts on the Planet as they create our products.  
  3. Support our partners towards achieving their SA8000 Standard, qualifying as a BSCI or SEDEX site. 
Our Profits Matter

Our Profits Matter


We can’t do all the above without maintaining a healthy economic equilibrium. To us, ‘Sustainability’ reaches further than simply reducing our carbon footprint. Establishing a firm and sustainable foothold in the market has come from maintaining fair trade for all.

We believe it is our responsibility to get the balance right. When we think about Sustainability, we choose to think about it from the broadest possible angle. “How do we sustain our long term future in a manner that is beneficial to all?” We do so by avoiding any overstep that will compromise the livelihoods of suppliers and customers. We do this at the same time as balancing the sometimes elevated costs of making the right choices in terms of reducing our environmental impact. Balancing this equation isn’t without its challenges but they’re ones we feel ourselves equal to.