We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the EcoVadis Gold Sustainability Rating 2023. This achievement is a testament to our commitment to continuously improve our sustainability performance. This fantastic accomplishment positions Optima among the top 5 percent of the 100,000 companies assessed by EcoVadis globally. What is EcoVadis? As a world-leading provider of business Corporate and Social Responsibility ratings, EcoVadis assesses 21 different criteria across the four sustainability themes of environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. Our journey to EcoVadis Gold Since embarking on our EcoVadis journey in 2021, we have made steady progress across the four key sustainability themes: Environment, Labour and Human Rights, Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement. Our initiatives have included installing water butts at our UK manufacturing facility to collect and re-use run-off from the factory roof, replacing our old forklift truck with a fully electric vehicle, implementing new labour and human rights policies, introducing an employee engagement survey, producing a Financial Control Framework Report, taking steps towards Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, and implementing a Supplier Code of Conduct. In 2022 we were awarded the EcoVadis Silver sustainability rating in recognition of our sustainability achievements. Whilst we were happy to achieve this great award, we knew we had plenty of opportunity for improvement across the business and a drive to seize the Gold award. Achieving EcoVadis Gold Achieving the EcoVadis Gold sustainability rating is a fantastic accomplishment, and we extend our gratitude to everyone involved for their hard work and dedication. The assessment is a formidable task that requires input from a large team of people across the business and we couldn’t have done it without them. Our Gold award recognises the progress we have made across all four themes since partnering with EcoVadis. It demonstrates our commitment to continuously reviewing and improving our sustainability performance. At Optima driving sustainability and decarbonisation is part of our business strategy and achieving EvoVadis Gold is another historic milestone on our journey to sustainable development. As an ethical UK manufacturer, we are constantly looking for ways of self-improvement and looking for ways to make our industry better. We take a holistic approach to improving our sustainability performance and we understand that there is still a lot of work to be done if we are to meet our sustainability and Net Zero Carbon goals, so it’s onwards and upwards from here. Why be assessed by EcoVadis? The EcoVadis assessment allows us to understand and benchmark our sustainability performance across our business. It also enables us to anticipate the increasing demands of main contractors, architects, designers, suppliers, and end user clients who are raising questions about sustainability performance. By partnering with EcoVadis, we demonstrate our commitment to continuously reviewing and improving our sustainability performance. Why EcoVadis is important to us “We are very proud and thrilled to have achieved the EcoVadis Gold sustainability rating for 2023. This accomplishment showcases our unwavering commitment to driving sustainability and decarbonisation across our business. Achieving the EcoVadis Gold rating is not only a historic milestone for us, but it is a testament to our continuous efforts in sustainable development. As a UK manufacturer, we are constantly seeking ways to improve ourselves and make our industry better. We remain dedicated to finding innovative solutions and practices that contribute to a more sustainable future for our clients and for the industry.” Allan Wood, Managing Director Optima Major Works Keep striving for excellence The achievement of the EcoVadis Gold sustainability rating 2023 is a testament to our dedication and progress in driving sustainable practices across our business. We will continue to strive for excellence across all four of the key themes, as we aim to make a positive impact on both our industry and the world around us.