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.
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.
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.
The Bernard Group is committed to leading the industry in minimizing the impact of its activities on the environment.
The scope of our policy includes the environmental risks associated with the design and manufacturing of both print and fixtures.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The Bernard Group’s Environmental Management System (EMS) is the planning and implementation framework for environmental and sustainability programs. It is the guiding environmental principle for each department and employee and is a way to address the significant impacts of our activities on the environment and to make improvements. Some of these activities include:
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.