Actikem recognised over 8 years ago that sustainable business practices were an essential business requirement for future organisations. In 2015 they established a carbon reduction program and started to benchmark their progresses ever since.
Andrew Mooney, the Company’s Managing Director said, “we recognised back then that the business landscape for chemical manufacturers was changing. The transition to a low carbon economy was going to be needed and we had to change to survive. This change can only come from the inside and we needed to adopt a future-ready business model. We had to reduce the carbon intensity of our operations and look for external help with our research and development projects for new sustainable products and services”.
“Our business purpose is to enhance lives through chemistry. We take this very seriously and know that me must constantly improve if we are to realise this purpose for all our stakeholders. Society and the Environment are right at the top of our stakeholder list”.
An advocate of lifelong learning, Actikem’s MD participated in a recent ECO-I Northwest programme with Manchester Metropolitan University Business School to assist in the company’s sustainability projects and to get new ideas from like-minded businesses.
The programme utilises expertise, knowledge and the latest equipment from across the ECO-I NW collaboration of six North West universities to develop new products and services to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint.
The group on universities, including; Lancaster University; University of Central Lancashire; University of Cumbria, University of Liverpool; Liverpool John Moores, and Manchester Met, work together to find solutions to specific business challenges.
Actikem have received one-to-one support to help reach their sustainable business goals.
“As a chemical technology business we are looking forward to starting phase 2 of the programme to development a proof of concept/business case study with support from the academic team”.
In the past 6 years Actikem have reduced their total carbon footprint by 6% despite growing the business by over 20%, proof that small steps make a big difference. Actikem are a contract chemical manufacturing, formulation and repackaging company that service the UK and European chemical supply chain from its site in Warrington, UK.