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VGL believes in its responsibility to its staff, its clients and the environment around us. Our Environmental Policy and Corporate & Social Responsibility are only the first steps towards balancing quality print projects while ensuring a safer, greener, more responsible practice.
VGL have a number of charities dear to its heart. Every year we try and support a few good causes and take pride in the the fact that our employees embrace them as well.

Camp Mohawk
Mohawk is a multi-functional day centre for children with special needs, set in 5 acres of beautiful countryside, just outside Wargrave, in Berkshire. Throughout the year the centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space to encourage children with a variety of special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure and caring environment. VGL contribute towards Camp Mohawk every year and sponsor their Father Christmas day when Father Christmas visits the Camp and provides presents for everyone.

Bliss
In 2014 VGL chose to enter a team into the Reading Half Marathon to raise money for Bliss. The team of Paul Brooks, Matt Kirby, Michael Ayerst, Russell Fry, Andy Norris and Tom Pickford completed the Half marathon and raised over £1000 for Bliss. Bliss is the UK Charity working to provide the best possible care and support for all premature and sick babies and their families.

Whenever possible, we like to support our customers and suppliers – whether it is a sponsored run or walk, or the occasional bath in cold baked beans. Other charities we have supported include Macmillan Nurses, Children in Need and Plan International. One of our proudest achievements and closest to our hearts was the support we gave to Plan International to help build the Tawaranda Primary School in Togo. Our fundraising helped build three new classrooms and supplied books and separate toilet facilities to help ensure girls could take full advantage of the new school.
A family-run business since 1976, we’ve always tried to run the best possible practice, in the hope that it will prove mutually beneficial for our staff, our customers and our communities. Recognizing our commitments in this area, in 1992 we were the first UK graphics company to be awarded the quality standard BS5750 Pts I & II.

We have also been awarded BS ISO 14001:2004 in recognition of our ongoing commitment to an improved environmental performance.

We received our Safecontractor accreditation having achieved the required health and safety standards for the workplace.

Many of our key processes now use friendlier inks such as UV and water based inks, the majority of which are certified to the Nordic Swan Environmental Standard.

We are proud to be a 3M Select Platinum Partner.
Accreditation
VGL have been awarded BS ISO 14001:2004 for our environmental management system.

We know the best way for us to reduce our impact on the environment is to improve our products, our technology and our systems. We don’t make false claims or wave bogus flags. Instead, we continually strive to improve what we do in a quiet, assured manner. We’ve updated nearly all our digital equipment in recent years, ensuring the usage of more environmentally friendly ink systems and processes. We are constantly exploring new material options with our suppliers and partners.

For example, we have worked with suppliers and partners to explore new, greener options such as digital textiles. Printing with water-based dyes on a wide range of fabrics, digital textiles can reduce the carbon footprint of a given project. Lightweight and easy to handle, they are more energy-efficient to ship than other, heavier display systems. They are also 100% recyclable, while the dyes are harmless, odour free and produce no VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

We carefully control our waste streams, avoiding unnecessary wastage and recycling as much material as possible. We’ve also significantly reduced our carbon footprint by introducing energy-efficient equipment and company cars, and by improving our heating and insulation systems.

We appreciate ISO 14001 accreditation is just the start, but it’s a good one.