An Environmental Policy is your company’s written commitment to both the people within your organisation and to your customers and suppliers. It confirms the company's commitment to continuous improvement in managing environmental issues, including the proper management and monitoring of waste, the reduction of pollution and emissions, compliance with environmental legislation and environmental codes of practice, training for staff, and the monitoring of environmental performance.
Some of the many Environmental Regulations include:-
• Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011
• The Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005
• Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991
• The Environment Act 1990
• The Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989
Although not a legal requirement, it is good business practice to have an Environmental Policy Statement. The first step towards your commitment is to create the Environmental Policy Statement.
This should have specific and achievable goals, and be clearly written for your target audience of your staff, suppliers, customers and where relevant – the general public.
In an office/retail business the largest amount of waste material created by you will probably be paper and packaging, so your Environmental Policy will include statements on how you intend to reduce the wastage or to recycle as much as possible.
Once written it should be signed by the most senior Director to demonstrate that it is a Company Policy and reviewed at regular intervals, normally annually, along with your other Policies.
This Standard Environmental Policy is duplicated in the Environmental Documents Sub-folder in the Workplace and Premises section of the Health and Safety Document Folder, where it is entitled “Environmental Policy Statement – Office/Retail”.
This Environmental Policy template is in open format. Either enter the requisite details in the highlighted fields or adjust the wording to suit your purposes.