In today's rapidly changing world, businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of environmental responsibility. Here at Business Information Point (BIP), we’re stepping up our commitment to reaching Net Zero and updating our Environmental Policy and Environmental Management System (EMS).
At BIP, the environment is not just a minor concern, it’s a core part of our business strategy. We sum up the key areas of our environmental policy here.
Our mission is clear: to seek excellence in every aspect of our business while acknowledging the significance of the environment to our daily operations, staff, and customers.
We understand that managing environmental impacts is not only a responsibility but also an opportunity to have a positive social impact on our clients across the South West.
By meeting all legal requirements and adhering to best practices, we demonstrate our commitment to reducing environmental impact and continually improving environmental performance.
We set out several key aims to guide our environmental efforts.
We strive to comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements. By going above and beyond legal obligations, we renew our dedication to sustainable practices and setting a positive example for others in the industry.
We understand that business decisions have a direct impact on the environment and we’re dedicated to incorporating environmental considerations into our decision-making processes. We strive to ensure that sustainability is a core consideration in every aspect of our business operations.
We believe that reaching net zero is a journey, not a destination. We’re committed to continually improving and monitoring our environmental performance. By regularly reviewing our practices, we ensure that sustainability remains at the forefront of our business.
We recognise that our employees play a vital role in achieving our environmental goals. We prioritise increasing employee awareness of our environmental policy and provide training to ensure compliance. By empowering our staff, we strive to foster a culture of sustainability throughout our organisation.
BIP's environmental policy is structured around several key priorities, each addressing crucial aspects of sustainability.
We take proactive measures to measure and monitor our carbon footprint on an annual basis. We go beyond measurement by actively seeking innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint. By doing so, we demonstrate our ongoing commitment to combatting climate change.
Energy & Water
We recognise the importance of conserving energy and water resources. We actively seek opportunities to reduce consumption, including encouraging our landlord to apply for grants and funding to improve energy efficiency.
We promote sustainable transportation alternatives such as video/phone conferencing to reduce the carbon footprint associated with business travel. We adopt a practical approach to travel, ensuring that we car share where we can and are as efficient as possible with route planning when car journeys are necessary.
Purchasing Goods & Services
We believe that sustainable procurement is essential. We routinely consider the environmental impact of materials and supply chains when making purchasing decisions. We favour environmentally friendly products, and engaging suppliers that also commit to reaching net zero.
We take our legal obligations seriously. We ensure compliance with all applicable UK government and EU environmental legislation, Codes of Practice, and regulatory requirements relevant to our business activities.
Waste & Recycling
We actively pursue waste reduction and recycling initiatives. We reuse materials whenever possible and ensure that waste materials are recycled whenever feasible. We also seek to maintain partnerships with licensed and appropriate waste disposal organisations to handle non-reusable waste responsibly.
We hope this has highlighted some of the core areas that can be included in an environmental policy and inspired you to adopt such a policy for your own small business in the South West.