THE ETHICAL APPROACH
‘Quality Products That Don’t Cost The Earth’ isn’t just our sales slogan, but a statement about our wider philosophy. It means we value our people and our planet and we are keen to make a positive difference to the wider communities we touch through our work and via the profits we make.
Everyone at UAP works hard to live up to this ethos and we do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint and give back through charity work.
Thanks to the UK charity ‘Plant-a-tree-today.org’ we have managed to off-set all of our carbon emissions. We have funded the planting of more than 56,000 trees over the course of a three year reforestation project, which will enable the reintroduction of many endangered and native wildlife. We have also installed solar panels onto to our buildings and our company cars are environmentally friendly hybrids.
After teaming up with local charity, DCWC Nepal, we have helped to build five much needed community primary schools in Nepal - one of the poorest countries in the world. Before the scheme, children as young as five years old had to endure an exhausting four hour walk to and from school, six days a week. To raise awareness of this worthy cause we worked closely with former Coronation Street star Sean Wilson, best known as Martin Platt, who opened the schools on our behalf. To date the scheme has given over 1000 children the opportunity to learn and better their lives.
In 2010, we hosted a Charity Ball to raise vital funds for DCWC Nepal to immunise 10,000 children from tuberculosis. In the wake of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake disaster in Japan, we supported the Red Cross through donations. We have also supported Comic Relief through the charity bids known as ‘Twitrelief’. On top of this, many of our staff members participate in charity runs every year to raise money for The Christie and Breast Cancer Research UK.
We also like to get involved with charitable projects when we can, so when we moved to our new premises on Albert Close Trading Estate, Whitefield, and opened up our own onsite café, 3TC, we saw an opportunity to give back to the local community by giving a helping hand to Bury drop-in centre, Bury Housing Concern. UAP pledged to donate enough food to feed 120 people a week for an entire year and to provide a soup kettle, as well as giving the charity a sum of money each month to help with running costs. In addition to this we are also working with Bury Housing Concern to ensure all doors and windows in their building are safe and secure and we offer free security checks and home security upgrades on properties used in their rehousing scheme.