Our Environmental Policy is to be a responsible corporate citizen in protecting the environment. We are committed to complying with accepted environmental practices, including the commitment to meet or exceed applicable legal and other requirements, to strive for continual improvement in our environmental management system, and to minimise the creation of waste and pollution. We will, therefore, manage our processes, our materials and our people in order to reduce the environmental impact on our work.
White & Company have set out the following main objectives:
- Reduce, reuse and recycle waste and packaging.
- Improve the efficiency of energy usage.
- Constantly review aspects, objectives and targets.
- Understand the requirements of customers, authorities and agencies.
The Company Environmental Policy forms the basis of Environmental Planning and the identification of environmental impacts with the organisation. However, it is acknowledged that where specifically requested by customers, and ascertained at contractual planning and agreement stage, additional requirements may be produced as required.
To confirm our commitment the Company management has developed a comprehensive policy statement appropriate to our operations as described below. This policy enables us to set objectives towards sustainable environmental improvement, which can be measured and monitored regularly and in turn contribute to the prevention of pollution and future protection of the environment
Due to the nature of our Company business, i.e. service industry and not manufacturing industry, we do not use toxic materials or substances in the carrying out of our business.
All employees are encouraged to understand and implement the objectives of this policy in their day to day work through regular discussion, communication and training.
The Chief Executive has specific responsibility for policy development, co-ordination and evaluation of performance. White & Company is committed to minimising the impact of its operations on the environment by means of a programme of continual improvement.
In particular White & Company will:
a) Ensure appropriate resources will continually be made to ensure the environmental policy is implemented in full.
b) Discuss environmental issues with all employees, conduct training programmes and encourage best implementation practice by all White & Company personnel.
c) Meet, and where appropriate, exceed the requirements of all relevant legislation. Where no regulations exist we shall set our own exacting standards.
d) Work with suppliers to minimise the impact of their operations on the environment through a quality purchasing policy.
e) Seek to reduce the following:
- Consumption of materials in all operations, reuse rather than dispose wherever possible and to promote recycled materials.
- Ensure all our vehicles are replaced at economic intervals and regularly undergo normal servicing where the key factor is the exhaust emission produced by these vehicles and also ensure they are well below the limits set by the Department of Transport.
- Noise, visual and other impacts on the local environment.
Regular review and monitoring of environmental performance will be actioned to ensure our environmental objectives and targets as described are maintained at all times.
Additionally this Environmental Policy Statement will be made available to all interested parties at all times.
Environmental Management Review Meetings
At intervals not exceeding six months an Environmental Management Review Meeting is held by each Branch Manager and relevant Company personnel.
The objectives of these meetings are primarily to:
- Review the environmental management system, to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness.
- Ensure the requirements and objectives of the Company Environment Policy continue to be maintained.
- Sustain continuous improvement in overall environmental performances.
- Ensure compliance to all applicable legislation and other requirements.
The review meetings are held to a formal agenda and address the possible need for changes to policy, objectives and other elements of the environmental managements system.
Training, Awareness and Competence
The Company is committed to ensure that all personnel whose work may make an impact on the environment receive adequate and appropriate training.
The primary objective in ensuring appropriate training is to confirm that Company personnel performing tasks which can cause significant environmental impacts shall be competent on the basis of appropriate education, training and/or experience.
Main elements of this training include the following:-
a) Identification of environmental requirements.
b) Awareness of significant environmental impacts, which can be actual or potential, on their respective work activities.
c) Awareness of and conformance to, the Company’s Environmental Management System.
d) Awareness of potential consequences of departure from specified environmental operating procedure.
The Company establishes and maintains procedures for adequate communication, both internal and external, in relation to environmental issues, functions and documentation. Lines of communication are defined in applicable procedures.
All environmental records relevant to the Company’s Environmental Management System procedures and requirements are maintained, stored, identified, indexed and made readily retrievable.
The records are both identifiable and traceable to the activity, product or service involved.
The control of environmental records rests with Company personnel who have the responsibility for authority and verification.
Environmental System Management Audits
The Environment Manager schedules audits at intervals of not more than six months. Company personnel who have been trained in environmental auditing and are independent of the function being audited carry out these audits. Outside independent sources may be used.
This audit includes, but not limited to:
- Environmental Policy, Objectives and Targets
- Environmental Document Control
- Environmental Operation Control
- Environmental Training
- Non-conformance and corrective and preventative action
The results of the environmental audits are issued to personnel responsible for identified corrective and preventative actions, who ensure that such actions are effective in their objectives.