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How to Make an Environmental Policy
An environmental policy is an internal document setting out an organisation's environmental position and values. It outlines what environmentally harmful practices to avoid, and encourages environmentally friendly ways of working.
Outline your commitment to managing the environmental impacts of your business using this environmental policy template. A good environmental policy can help you manage your resources, achieve cost savings and promote more environmentally friendly practices. Our environmental policy includes statements on reducing the environmental impact of your people, activities and operations. You can monitor your environmental practices and their effectiveness by regularly reviewing your environmental policy.
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A good environmental policy shows your business is committed to working in a responsible manner and protecting the environment. It ensures you stay within the law and monitor your environmental impact, and keeps employees informed about their environmental roles and responsibilities.
Ways to minimise environmental damages include:
For more information on how to minimise harm to the environment, read Environmental policies.
Reviewing the policy regularly, in line with your business needs and regulatory requirements, ensures the policy is always up to date and consistent. Don't hesitate to get your staff involved in the reviewing and monitoring process, as this will raise their awareness and commitment towards environmental issues.
All employees should get involved in the development and implementation of the environmental policy. Making your environmental policy accessible to everyone (eg on the business' website) raises staff awareness, and shows third parties how proactive your business is regarding environmental issues. Notice boards, staff meetings and intranet pages are also useful tools to communicate your environmental policy.