Sofidel awards Windsor Materials Handling with Best Improver Award

Italian paper tissue products manufacturer, Sofidel, has recognised Windsor Materials Handling with a Suppliers Sustainability Award for 2017.

Sofidel, the name behind brands such as Thirst Pockets, Kittensoft and Nouvelle, awarded Windsor as one of only nine winning suppliers from almost 400 businesses working with them across Europe and North America. The second annual awards were held at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden.

Windsor was presented with the Best Improver Award for the making the greatest improvement by undertaking new social sustainability procedures. These changes resulted in a 25% increase to their results in the awards.

Windsor sales director, Andrew Lane, says the recognition follows a considerable amount of work to improve efficiency and reduce waste. Said Andrew: “We’ve worked with Sofidel for a number of years and always aim to provide the best value and performance. This award recognises the recent developments we have made in procedures for anti-corruption, child labour, human rights, workers’ rights and anti-slavery.”

One of the leading independent materials handling suppliers in the UK, Windsor was founded on service in 1977. Since then the Windsor name has been synonymous with materials handling and access systems, providing a first-class range of forklift truck and access platform hire, sales and maintenance services.

Andrew continues: “Our business is partnership driven. We take pride in working hard to develop long lasting relationships that make the difference to our valued partners. The Best Improver Award shows that this hard work resonates throughout our customer-base too.”

There are three awards granted by the “Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award”: Best Supplier, Best Improver and Best Sustainable Project.

An annual event, the Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Awards aim to incentivise, disseminate and promote best practice and improvements in social and environmental responsibility amongst Sofidel suppliers in Italy and abroad. It is based on the “TenP – Sustainable Supply Chain Self-Assessment Platform”, conceived and promoted by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation), of which the Group is a founder promoter.

“Promoting sustainable and responsible growth also means, within our vision, raising awareness and promoting involvement of our partners so we can do more and do it better,” stated Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “We’re convinced that building a sustainable future involves a widespread, common commitment, and a need to assume, each within their area and according to their role, new and broader responsibilities.”

The awards are supported by the Italian Ministry for the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea and held in collaboration with a number of global partners and Tissue World Magazine.

The Sofidel paper group was the first Italian company and the first in the global tissue industry to join the international project whereby the WWF proposes large companies to voluntarily adopt schemes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, through innovative strategies and technologies that allow them to take on the role of leaders in reducing CO2 emissions in their industry.

Windsor works to keep the nation’s forklift fleets up to date with modern technologies, reducing the impact of greenhouse gases emitted by more aged machinery.