If you are on a journey of improving your environmental performance at work you should know that the journey starts with an environmental policy.
Simple, an environmental policy sets the strategic direction for your organisation to make inroads in terms of measuring managing and monitoring its environmental performance. It is the blueprint for improved environmental performance and without one you will be lost.
Moreover, an environmental policy template has become a ticket to play in many industries. Without one you cannot compete. Customers want to see what you are doing to improve your environmental performance and they want demonstrable results. You need an environmental policy to show customers succinctly what you are up to in terms of sustainability.
In short a robust environmental policy can help you save money on operating costs and win and retain business through market differentiation. It can also very useful in demonstrating to staff and other stakeholders your commitment to improved environmental performance.
So where do you start?
Well the trick is to start with a very good, and internationally compliant environmental policy template. Their are many good examples out there and this guide is probably the best.
The basices are:
- the policy should be one A4 page in length
- it should include a statement on who you are and what you do as a business
- it should also include a statement on your overall environmental objective as a business
- Any facts and figures on your environmental performance should be included
- At least 3 actions for improvement should be outlined
- The policy should be clearly communicated across a number of channels including your website, displayed in your reception and in any official company documentation
- Finally the environmental policy should be signed and date by a senior manager, preferably the CEO or managing director
An environmental policy is a living document and should be reviewed annually to make refinements and updates.