Our Sustainability Promise
A message from the CEO John Abernethie
Birkdale was founded in 1982 with a mission to sell fence accessories to other fencers to improve their practice.
Since 1982, Birkdale has gained 96 employees and we have moved our production to a warehouse, distribution centre and office space. We switched to an import model and we have also expanded our supply reach outside of the UK to the USA and Canada.
Much has changed in our business and in the world since 1982. The world is beginning to realise that sustainability is no one person's task, it is up to everyone to play an equal part in protecting the world we live in. With Birkdale’s Gateway to Sustainability, we intend to begin our journey in doing our part.
Birkdale has begun to transition to more sustainable practices, including achieving carbon neutral status in 2023, completing an Environmental Product Declaration for our DuraPost and implementing our new 2023 fleet policy.
By taking a proactive approach, this Strategy outlines our targets through specific actions. Our mission is to achieve net zero by 2030 and for our customers to entrust in the sustainability of our products. So when our customers buy Birkdale products, they can be confident they are buying sustainably. This Strategy will also ensure ongoing and continuous improvement across all environmental, social and economic aspects of our business.
We look forward to sharing our progress and seeing the benefits of our actions beyond the company itself. We hope to play a role in ensuring the future of fencing is sustainable
Join our sustainability journey as we shape a greener future together.
At Birkdale, we believe that sustainability isn't just a buzzword; it's a fundamental aspect of being a responsible and successful business. Our commitment to sustainability is rooted in ethical practices, transparency, and responsibility. The Birkdale Sustainability Commitment is our guiding philosophy, and the accompanying Sustainability Strategy illustrates how we bring this commitment to life in practical terms.
About Our Sustainability Strategy
Birkdale's Sustainability Strategy focuses our company's actions on what matters most to our customers, employees and the environment.
This Sustainability Strategy looks to the future of our industry and the constantly changing environment in which we live and creates a pathway to ensure Birkdale not only adapts but prospers in the face of uncertainty and change.
Our goal is to make sustainable gate and fencing solutions that have as little impact on the environment as possible, while still delivering the best products to our customers.
We are excited about the opportunities that this Strategy will bring and look forward to sharing how we are tracking on achieving the goals in this strategy.
Our Vision & Mission
To be the most sustainable choice for post and fencing products in the UK.
Achieve net zero emissions by 2030.
A Holistic Approach:
Sustainability at Birkdale extends beyond environmental goals—it encompasses every facet of our business operations. From fostering positive experiences for our staff, customers, and suppliers to championing change within our own walls, we recognize that true transformation begins at home.
Our Goals: People, Planet, Prosperity:
We measure our success by the impact we have on people, the planet, and prosperity. To align our actions with these goals, we've identified six priority themes called our Sustainability Goal Posts, each featuring performance targets that we are committed to achieving and publicly reporting.
Tackling Climate Change:
Recognising the urgency of addressing climate change, we are dedicated to becoming net zero by 2030. We will innovate to reduce carbon emissions and enhance our resilience for a sustainable future.
Partnering with Carbon Neutral Britain we have successful achieved the following.
Birkdale has met all Carbon Neutral Britain Certification™ standards in measuring, calculating and carbon offsetting organisational carbon emissions within the Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG's (Greenhouse Gases) emissions boundary during the period of 1st January 2022 to the 31st December 2022. Certificate No: BCNB - 03003
Birkdale have offset 923.33 Tonnes CO2e Emissions Certificate No: BCNB - 03003
Calculations made following the ISO 14064-1:2018 and GHG Protocol Emissions Standards. Credits Issued from one or more of the International Carbon Offsetting standards:
Join us on our sustainability journey as we shape a greener future together. At Birkdale, sustainability isn't just a commitment—it's the Birkdale Way.