PHS Group publish latest CR report - A Change in Our Step

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PHS Group has today published its Corporate Responsibility Report 2012/13.

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“Across PHS we recognise that working in partnership with stakeholders enables us to make a greater positive impact."

As a business focused on managing its performance and supporting its customers, PHS Group is proud of its contribution to the wellbeing of its customers and the communities it serves. Responsible business practices are integral to these activities, and this year’s report highlights the important role of the Group’s new dedicated charity body, the PHS Foundation.

The PHS Foundation has committed to raise £50,000 by April 2014 through employee, supplier and customer-led fundraising initiatives, in support of Together for Short Lives, a charity serving 49 specialist children’s hospitals throughout the UK.

On the environment, the report highlights the challenge of reducing carbon emissions, whilst meeting demands and maintaining high standards of customer service across the Group’s businesses. Its key challenge remains managing its fleet of over 3000 vehicles that are responsible for 75% of the Group’s organisational Carbon Footprint. The report highlights a number of the initiatives undertaken in this area and the results achieved in 2012/13.

Emma Wood, Group Sustainability Manager for PHS Group said: “Across PHS we recognise that working in partnership with stakeholders enables us to make a greater positive impact and that together we can achieve more. This is in line with the clear vision we have for the future of our Group and the key role that CR has to play.”

Other highlights from the report include:

  • 2012/2013 marked the company’s 50th Anniversary, which was an opportunity to reflect on half a century of growth, diversification and the establishment of a loyal customer base.
  • The company invested £180K in video conferencing facilities across 19 sites in the UK. Telephone conferencing increased by 46% compared with last year, equating to a carbon saving of 160 tonnes, saving an estimated 374 man-hour days driving to meetings.
  • Focusing on energy efficiency, the company has created a network of environmental champions covering 140 locations throughout the UK. 130 individuals received the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) approved training to support the ongoing focus on resource management.

The online report allows readers to further explore case studies, performance data, Group policies and to learn more about PHS partnerships.

The report can be accessed at:


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PHS Group
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Notes for Editors
The PHS Group is a leading workplace services provider, and now takes care of over 200,000 customers at more than 450,000 locations across the UK, Ireland, Spain and Holland.

The Group offers a wide variety of workplace services aimed at improving people’s work and leisure environment, in four key areas; Hygiene, Workplace, Speciality Waste and Confidential Data.

The PHS Group has grown rapidly since its foundation in 1963, with its annual turnover reaching £418M for the year ending March 2013. PHS is also a significant UK employer with over 5,000 personnel operating from a network of over 140 regional service branches.

In 2013, we set up our own dedicated charity foundation to further our contribution towards the community, called the PHS Foundation. Our first charity partnership as a Foundation is with children’s hospice charity Together for Short Lives.

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