Archwood Group, the North Wales-based business behind two leading UK brands, has partnered with Planet Mark, a sustainability certification that verifies and measures carbon and social data to reduce emissions.

Archwood Group is a leading manufacturer of timber products with two trading brands: Richard Burbidge, a manufacturer and supplier of stairparts, decking accessories and decorative mouldings, and Atkinson & Kirby, which supplies premium hardwood flooring.

Last year Archwood Group, announced the appointment of an internal Environmental Action Group to drive its sustainability goals and pledge for a greener future. The Environmental Action Group is working towards the ultimate goal of reducing carbon emissions and is currently reviewing its environmental impact. From this, the group will develop a carbon footprint management plan which will set clear measurable objectives, targets and timescales to becoming a net zero business.

To help further its sustainability goals, Archwood Group has now partnered with the sustainability accreditation, Planet Mark. The Planet Mark Business Certification is an internationally recognised sustainability certification for businesses reporting its carbon footprint and demonstrating continuous progress, encouraging action and building an empowered community of like-minded individuals.

As part of Archwood’s commitment to environmental best practise, the business has also joined the United Nations Race to Zero campaign. Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign rallying businesses to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero carbon world.

Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of Archwood, commented: “As a business, it is critical that we measure our own impact on the environment. Planet Mark will support us with measuring and validating our carbon footprint, creating a clear picture of all our environmental impacts. This will allow us to identify ways to take rigorous and immediate action to halve our carbon footprint by 2030 and achieve Net Zero by no later than 2050.

“After many months of data collation and external verification we are proud to announce that we’ve achieved the Planet Mark Year 1 Business Certification. This is an incredible achievement involving the entire business.

“Through Planet Mark we have protected an area of endangered rainforest thanks to Cool Earth; a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. In addition, through our commitment to Planet Mark we are also helping the Eden Project – an educational charity building connections with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work together towards a better future.”

Josh adds: “We want to continue to do our part in having a positive impact on the planet and society. Each and every one of us plays an important role in our sustainability journey and we’re encouraging colleagues and customers to get involved in any way they can.”