Social Responsibility

At The Bernard Group, we believe in making positive change by carefully sourcing the material we print on, continually integrating environmentally-conscious practices, and supporting our employees and local community.

The Bernard Group supports initiatives that benefit our environment and community.

Opportunity Partners

Working with local non-profit to provide income to people with disabilities.

The Bernard Group works with a local non-profit to provide income to people with disabilities.
Trees, Water & People

Partnering with a non-profit creating economic opportunities through environmental conservation.

The Bernard Group partners with a non-profit to create economic opportunities through environmental conservation.

The Bernard Group is committed to creating positive social change in our community and strives to be more intentional with our giving strategy to focus on community giving.

The Bernard Group is committed to environmental protection and stewardship and recognizes that pollution prevention and resource conservation are key to a sustainable environment.

Sustainable Products

The Bernard Group sources products through suppliers that focus on sustainability whenever possible to meet our internal standards and our client requests. We have put initiatives in place that encourage sustainable paper and substrate options that are offered to clients to help reduce their carbon footprint. The Bernard Group is also committed to educating our employees and customers on material options that are renewable and environmentally friendly.

Community Involvement & Charitable Giving

The Bernard Group is committed to creating positive social change in our community and strives to be intentional with our giving strategy. For example, we partner with local charities that serve the needs of the fatherless; children, teens and women in need right here in our neighborhood.

As our core values state, we believe that all of us are inherently hard-wired to work for something bigger than ourselves and to be in relationship with each other. In addition to The Bernard Group’s financial contributions to the community, our employees participate in volunteer activities throughout the year. From collecting jars of peanut butter for a local food shelf to packing up food to be shipped to third world countries, we provide a variety of opportunities for them to give back.

Human Rights

We value the diversity and inclusion of the people with whom we work. We are committed to equal opportunity and are intolerant of discrimination and harassment. We work to maintain workplaces that are free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, national or social origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, political opinion or any other status protected by applicable law. The basis for recruitment, hiring, placement, development, training, compensation and advancement at the Company is qualifications, performance, skills and experience. We do not tolerate disrespectful or inappropriate behavior, unfair treatment or retaliation of any kind. Harassment is not tolerated in the workplace and in any work-related circumstance outside the workplace.

Responsible Procurement

At The Bernard Group (TBG), we are accountable to our stakeholders for acting with integrity, openness and responsibility, and for obeying the laws and regulations of the states and countries where we do business. When sourcing our materials, we not only focus on the supplier’s ability to provide a quality product and/or service, but also on their environmental and social practices. TBG also aims to source from small and mid-sized businesses, minority and women owned businesses and companies that provide work to economically disadvantaged people. Our supplier code of conduct extends that accountability to suppliers with whom TBG does business and outlines our expectations of our supplier partners to act in a professional, ethical, and legal manner in all of their dealings.

Environment Impact

The Bernard Group is committed to environmental protection and stewardship and recognizes that pollution prevention and resource conservation are key to a sustainable environment. TBG is pursuing ISO 14001 certification and has adopted policies to integrate these concepts into our business decision-making:

RECYCLING

Cardboard, polystyrene, paper, acrylic, PETG and metal are all recycled through our waste partners. Material scrap is used wherever possible. All of our water is recycled; it is collected from city sewage and processed, and then added back to the main water supply.

WASTE TO ENERGY PROGRAM

PVC Recycling/Repurposing – The Bernard Group pays our recycling partner to take away all of our PVC – They burn the PVC to create heat, the heat produces steam, and then the steam is used to generate electrical power for our grid here in town.

Reducing Harmful Substances – The Bernard Group promises to conserve our environment by managing and mitigating the impact of harmful substances. The water solvents, inks and chemicals used in our production process are recycled through Systec, who repurposes the waste safely through their waste to energy program. In this process they burn the chemicals to make heat, and then use the heat for the incinerators that make cement. This reduces the use of fossil fuels and raw materials.

ENERGY + WATER CONSERVATION

The Bernard Group annually reviews our energy usage at each of our facilities and is creating reduction targets. We equip our printing devices with energy efficient LED curing systems that reduce energy consumption up to 70%. Curing power is a significant portion of typical digital UV equipment so this has greatly reduced our power usage. We have also installed motion detection lights throughout our facilities. They automatically turn off in areas that are not in active use.

Our facilities use waste heat from press chillers, compressors and curing systems to heat our buildings. This immensely reduces fossil fuel usage and reduces our carbon footprint. We also recycle all of our corrugate, diverting tons of material from landfills and reducing the negative effect on our local environment.

The Bernard Group’s printing presses are digital, and therefore waterless, saving thousands of liters of water per year. None of our production processes use water as a consumable/material.

Partnerships &
Affiliations

The Bernard Group partners with Trees, Water & People, a non-profit in northern Colorado that focuses on environmental conservation with a social impact. As a Sequoia member, we partner with a Native American Reservation located in South Dakota to plant more than 7,000 trees per year. The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation experiences a wide range of environmental challenges due to the rapidly changing climate, land rights issues, and widespread poverty. Reforesting this land combats climate change through carbon sequestration and develops diverse income opportunities for local indigenous people.

The Bernard Group has achieved “Silver” status with Ecovadis, a CSR evaluation company, and is aggressively working towards attaining our “Gold” status certification which helps to improve the way we integrate the principles of CSR into our daily business initiatives to positively affect our communities and supply chain.

The Bernard Group is a member of the CVC, which provides us with opportunities through networking, professional development programs and sharing best practices with other members to advocate, support and grow workplace volunteerism to improve our community.

The Bernard Group works with Opportunity Partners, a local non-profit, to provide work and an income to people with developmental disabilities and that are economically vulnerable.

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