1. Purpose 3

2. Scope 3

3. Personnel 3

4. Impact on the Environment 3

5. Environmental commitment 4

6. Objectives and Targets 4

7. Communication and Review 4

8. Availability 4

1. Purpose

1.1 In operating as a successful business, we are committed to carrying out all our business activities in a sustainable manner by pursuing continuous improvement in all aspects of our business.

1.2 The organisation values the environment and is committed to working through all of its services to contribute to the philosophy that we ensure that we pass on to future generations, a thriving community within a green, clean, safe, prosperous and healthy environment. Steps to Work recognises the impact that its policies, strategies, services, programmes and projects can have upon the environment and that these impacts are not limited solely to the immediate area, but can have much wider national and international implications.

2. Scope

2.1 The Environmental and sustainable development Policy at Steps to Work (Walsall) Ltd and all references within this policy includes the activities staff, products and services of Steps to Work (Walsall) Ltd and Starting Point Recruitment Ltd Specific terms related to Steps to Work (Walsall) Ltd and Starting Point Recruitment Ltd are: -  STW – Steps to Work (Walsall) Ltd  SPR – Starting Point Recruitment Ltd Whenever Steps to Work or its abbreviation STW, is referred to in this policy, the reference includes Starting Point Recruitment Ltd This policy covers all individuals working at all levels and grades, including the Board of Trustees, Senior Managers, officers, employees, trainees / apprentices, part-time and fixed-term employees, casual / agency staff, volunteers and contractors / sub contractors operating under agreement with STW.

To demonstrate our commitment at the highest level we have:-  A commitment from the board of Trustees and senior management to conduct our own, and encourage our partners to develop activities and operations to reflect best environmental practice  Ensured that our social objectives are detailed within our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and our annual “Public Benefit Statements” published on the Charity Commission website as part of the ongoing Charity status of Steps to Work  Ensured our economic objectives are detailed within our Key performance measures are reported in our trustee’s annual report and are aligned with National Indicators. 

3. Personnel

3.1 The organisation appoints capable and experienced people to carry out work with an environmental focus that aligns with the organisation Business Management System and the requirements of this policy.

3.2 The organisation provides opportunities for its staff to develop the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours to ensure that every activity or task is carried out with the utmost respect for the environment.

3.3 The organisation will monitor the make-up of our workforce and customer base ensuring that equality and diversity of our work is maintained throughout our actions

4 Impact on the Environment

4.1 Steps to Work (Walsall) Ltd recognises that the environment is a major factor in determining the quality of life throughout the areas in which it operates. It cannot be treated in isolation as it impacts upon, and in turn is affected by many other equally important social and economic issues. It recognises that its activities have an impact on the environment in terms of the use of raw materials, emissions to air and water and waste generation and it seeks to minimise this as far as is reasonably practical

5 Environmental Commitment

5.1 Steps to Work (Walsall) Ltd is accredited under ISO14001:2004 Environmental Management System and is committed to a programme of continual improvement in environmental performance. It is committed to preventing pollution and to compliance with all environmental legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to the education and training sector. Steps to Work recognises that it can be a force for positive change through direct action and that it has an important role to play in encouraging and supporting others in particular its partners and participants

6 Objectives and Targets Specifically, in the short term we will: -

  • Review our activities, operations and procedures to identify environmental aspects and prioritise actions to address them
  • Take measures to increase staff awareness of sustainability issues and our objectives of Social, Economic and Environmental aspects and impacts through our staff induction and training programmes
  • Establish recycling schemes for all appropriate waste streams in each of our offices
  • Set and monitor a set of social, economic and environmental objectives and key performance indicators through our business planning process and report annually on the progress made against each
  • Give due consideration in the decision-making processes to the environmental impact of new proposals as well as the social and economic impact
  • Reduce energy consumption by strengthening the commitment to energy conservation.
  • Encourage the use of recycled materials and the recycling of waste.
  • Encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport by staff.

In the long term we will: -

  • Maintain a business management system that includes an environmental management system appropriate to the location, scale and nature of our activities to demonstrate our commitment to the Greening Government Initiative and ‘Securing the Future’, the Government's Sustainable Development strategy;
  • Set annual targets to reduce energy and resource consumption within the Organisation by promoting effective and efficient reduction methods consistent with best practice;
  • Meet and, where possible, adopt best practice regarding all relevant UK, European and International environmental legislative and regulatory requirements and identify staff responsible for developing a register of environmental legislation of relevance to the Organisation and monitoring environmental legislative compliance;
  • Where appropriate, use the most resource-efficient technologies and media for communicating and maintaining records of documentation;
  • Purchase, wherever possible, environmentally-preferable goods and services and influence our suppliers and contractors to ensure that goods and services procured support our environmental procurement policy;
  • Develop a communications policy to share information and best practice with others to help contribute to a better understanding of environmental and sustainable development issues.

7 Communication and Review

7.1 Environmental objectives and targets are set and reviewed to monitor the effectiveness of the Environmental Management System through meetings of the Senior Management Team supported by an Internal Audit team

8 Availability

8.1 This policy is made available to the public on our website and is displayed at all sites.