Answer yes if your organisation has a documented environmental management policy that looks to minimise your organisation's impact on the environment. The policy must have undergone senior management review and approval within the last year. Please upload the policy (as a PDF file) as evidence.
An environmental policy is a written statement, usually signed by senior management, which outlines a business' aims and principles in relation to managing the environmental effects and aspects of its operations. Although putting one in place is voluntary, an increasing number of businesses are choosing to do so.
Having an environmental policy is essential if you want to implement an environmental management standard such as ISO 14001.
Having an environmental policy can provide significant benefits to your business. These include:
The Environmental Policy should clearly state the aims and principles of an organisation (its mission) with respect to its impact on the environment. All organisations have an effect to some degree and the policy should recognise this. The policy should also allow its management to communicate its aims and objectives to employees and other interested parties.
There is no standard content for an Environmental Policy, although policies normally contain the same themes, including those listed below. As a general rule, the policy should contain statements on the following criteria:
Additional relevant issues which an organisation may wish to address in the Environmental Policy, could include:
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