Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Produce a policy statement

Produce an environmental policy

You can demonstrate your commitment to improving your environmental performance by producing a mission or policy statement. This should be kept up to date and be supported and reviewed by senior management.

You policy statement should state clearly how you will continually improve your environmental performance and cover issues such as:

  • Legal compliance, and beyond
  • Pollution prevention
  • Waste minimisation,
  • Energy use
  • Staff awareness and training

Management can demonstrate its commitment to the policy by making sure that the resources are in place to allow the aims of the policy to be achieved.

Make sure that you incorporate its principles into staff development, procedures, company business strategies and action plans.

In Scotland you can work through CPD accredited Green Champions Training on the Zero Waste Scotland website:

ZWS: Green Champions Training

NIBUSINESSINFO: Write and environmental policy

WRAP: Your guide to environmental management systems (Section 5, Environmental policies)

In this Guideline

Produce a policy statement

Ensure legal compliance

Implement an environmental management system (EMS)

Manage your purchases to minimise your environmental impact

Prepare for the circular economy

Communicate with your staff

Report on your environmental perfomance

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