An environment policy is a written statement that summarises a business or organisations position towards the environment in which it operates. This sets out the intent to improve the impact the organisation has on the environment, including areas such as recycling rates, carbon footprints, packaging and minimising waste.
Is it a legal requirement?
No, writing an environment policy is currently voluntary in the UK, with structure and content not regulated by any UK legislation. For companies who would like to obtain a formal EMS, an environment policy is a vital document and must be implemented. This type of policy is also becoming an increasingly common requirement for contract work and is especially desirable should a business be looking to secure large contracts.
What should an Environment Policy Cover?
A good environment policy should state aims, objectives and be included as part of the business strategy. Ideally the policy should be actively endorsed by senior management and communicated to all staff.