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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

At ACCO Europe, we know that our corporate values are an essential element of continuing success in the marketplace. These values – Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork and Accountability – are vital to the success of our organisation.

Our corporate success is dependent on our reputation with our co-workers and suppliers.

This Supplier Social Responsibility Policy supports our corporate values by providing guidelines to ensure that every ACCO Europe supplier respects human rights, workplace safety and protection of the environment in every community where the supplier operates.

Each of our suppliers is fully responsible for complying with this Social Responsibility Policy within their businesses.



Packaging Statement

Acco UK Ltd has adopted the Responsible Packaging Code of Practice* for optimising packaging and minimising waste as summarised below:

  1. Function: The primary roles of packaging are to contain, protect and preserve a product as well as aiding its handling and presentation. These functions must be performed using the minimum packaging necessary under reasonably foreseeable conditions of manufacture, distribution, warehousing, retailing and use.
  2. Honesty in Presentation: Consumer packaging must not be designed to give a false impression of the nature, quantity or quality of the contents.
  3. Convenience in use: It is very important that packaging is convenient to use.
  4. Instructional guidance: Packaging may need to contain information to assist the consumer or employees in the supply chain. Examples cover the proper handling of the pack, indications of potential hazards, its opening and closing, storage conditions and product use.
  5. Legal requirements: Packaging must comply with all relevant prevailing legislation including the UK Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations.
  6. Health, safety and consumer protection: Packaging must not present any avoidable hazard to the consumer or to employees in the supply chain. Where identifiable risks exist, suitable warnings should be visible.
  7. Environmental aspects: When packaging is designed or selected, measures must also be taken to reduce the use of resources throughout the supply chain.

Application of the Code within ACCO UK Ltd is monitored by approved control systems meeting the requirements of:

  • ISO 14001 Environment Management Systems
  • ISO 9002 Quality Management Systems

Click here to download our Packaging statement in PDF format

*The Responsible Packaging Code of Practice has been developed by INCPEN, the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment, is supported by associations representing over 85% of companies in the UK packaging chain and is endorsed by Government departments and LACORS (the Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services. Copies of the full code in detail can be obtained from:

Oxford House
Oxford Road
Aylesbury Bucks
HP21 8SZ
Tel 01296 397444

Tenterden House
3 Tenterden Street
Tel 01527 501289

Health & Safety Policy

ACCO Europe is committed to pursuing continuous improvement in Health and Safety to attain best performing levels. Consistent with this aim is compliance with all legal and company requirements. This aim is entirely consistent with our business goals of high performance in customer service, quality and efficiency.

In order to achieve this aim the Company is committed to:-

  • Providing management systems to ensure that the Health and Safety Policy is put into action.
  • Organising, implementing, monitoring and reviewing of these systems to ensure that Health and Safety standards are maintained at all times.
  • Eliminating injuries and occupational ill health to employees and contractors by conducting our operations in a safe manner, accepting that no one should come to work to be hurt.
  • Developing a culture where all employees contribute and take ownership for creating and maintaining a safe working environment.

Each Country and European Business Leader is expected to ensure their operation fully complies with the Company Policy. They are required to develop their own Health and Safety Policy and Procedures to enact these requirements and ensure adequate arrangements are made for the definition of levels of responsibility, its implementation, the monitoring of its effectiveness and revision when necessary.

Each employee and contractor will be given information, instruction and training necessary to enable safe working. It is the legal duty of every employee and contractor to take reasonable care for their own safety and for others in their work area. Working safely is a condition of employment.

Click here to download our Health & Safety Policy in PDF format

Environmental & Quality Management Policy Statement

ACCO Brands EMEA leadership is committed to maintaining our competitive edge as we continue to improve and enhance our established reputation for delivering customer service and, in parallel, reducing the impact of our environmental footprint. These imperatives have been assisted by ACCO Brands’ long established record of compliance to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

The new standards, ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, now include risk assessment when determining intended and required business process outcomes. With regard to ISO 9001:2015, we will determine, deliver and report risk assessed customer service performance requirements. With regard to ISO 14001:2015 in particular, we will remain legally compliant, prevent pollution and contribute to a sustainable future as described, and report in ‘Taking care of Tomorrow,' our broad-based sustainability strategy. Our environmental impact reduction processes will determine, deliver and report our designated improvement objectives.

As a lean company, setting goals, making process improvements and having sustainable use of resources in all our operations are objectives that are part of every employee's daily work in ACCO Brands. To ensure we continue in this direction, all ACCO Brands personnel will give their full support and contribution to these important and internationally recognized management standards and strive for continuous improvement.

Click here to download our Environmental Policy in PDF format



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EU Compliance

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) aims to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic goods on the environment, by increasing re-use and recycling and reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfill. It seeks to achieve this by making producers responsible for financing the collection, treatment, and recovery of waste electrical equipment, and by obliging distributors to allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.

As a producer of Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Acco UK Ltd (Acco) has:

  • Identified which products fall within the Directive.
  • Collated all the product data (volume and weight), for each EU country, necessary to submit to the controlling bodies to establish its recovery obligation. 
  • Complied with the WEEE product marking obligation by marking all products manufactured from 13th August 2005, with the crossed out "Wheelie Bin" symbol.
  • Registered with Valpak’s Producer Compliance Scheme our "unique producer number" is WEE/HB0045SY

Full Terms & Conditions available from the Acco Price List

For further information on Acco’s obligation, please contact: informationeurope@acco.com

For further information on the WEEE Directive, please contact: weee@dti.gsi.gov.uk

Battery Directive

The EC Directive on Batteries and Accumulators, including Waste Batteries and Accumulators aims to minimise the impact of batteries on the environment and encourage the recovery for the materials they contain. The UK regulations for labelling and battery composition came into force on 26 September 2008 with requirements for collection and recycling to follow.

Having “producer responsibility” under this Directive ACCO UK have registered with a compliance partner and can confirm compliance with the requirements of the Directive.

REACH Regulations

REACH, the European Union regulation for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (came into force in 2007) has one key central aim: to protect human health and the environment from the risks arising from the use of chemicals.  REACH intends to achieve its goal by requiring business to fully ascertain and make public the risks posed by the use of chemicals.

ACCO Brand’s REACH Initiatives

Under the REACH regulations, ACCO UK has ensured all appropriate products are pre-registered. Close relations will be maintained with the supply chain, to ensure that the implementation of REACH will follow the regulation’s requirements.


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