SECTION 3 – Environmental Responsibility

3.1 Emissions and waste

Most business activities lead to the production of waste, wastewater and/or emissions in order to provide goods or services. Sustainable production includes an organisation's awareness and monitoring of its downstream environmental impact, such as waste and air emissions. This section sets out the rules and requirements for Emissions and Waste management, creating a cost-efficient, emissions-reducing production process.

3.1.1 Rules

  • The organisation shall comply with or exceed all national environmental laws and regulations.
  • The organisation shall monitor its environmental impact.
  • The organisation shall assess and document its environmental risks.
  • The organisation shall develop a strong management strategy for managing and mitigating the identified environmental risks.
  • The assessment of risks and management strategy shall be updated regularly.

3.1.2 Requirements

  • The organisation shall develop an environmental policy.
  • The organisation shall implement an environmental due diligence process to identify and address the negative downstream environmental impact, as a minimum addressing:
    • Air quality assessment and management
    • Waste and water assessment and management
    • Noise and vibration assessment and management
  • The organisation shall develop key performance indicators.
  • The organisation shall seek to continually improve those key performance indicators.

3.2 Resource and energy use

Sustainable resource management not only enables the reduction of significant negative environmental impact, but also provides financial gains for organisations by reducing purchasing and disposal expenses. Sustainable resource management should thus be a top priority for every organisation. This section sets out the rules and requirements for sustainable resource and energy use, enabling cost savings while reducing environmental impacts.

3.2.1 Rules

  • The organisation shall comply with or exceed all national laws and regulations regarding land and resource use (including recycling).
  • The organisation shall monitor its resource, energy and land use.
  • The organisation shall assess and document risks associated with resource, energy and land use.
  • The organisation shall develop a strong management strategy for managing and mitigating the identified risks.
  • The assessment of risks and management strategy shall be updated regularly.

3.2.2 Requirements

  • The organisation shall develop an environmental policy regarding resource, energy and land use use.
  • The organisation shall implement an environmental due diligence process to identify and address the negative upstream environmental impact, as a minimum addressing:
    • Resource use by type of resource (primary raw materials, associated process materials, semi-manufactured goods, packaging),
    • Water use by withdrawal source, water recycled and reused
    • Water management: management to avoid negative impact on water
    • Energy use
    • Land use change
  • The organisation shall develop key performance indicators.
  • The organisation shall seek to continually improve key performance indicators.

3.3 Biodiversity

An organisation's business activities may negatively affect an ecosystem's ability to function properly. As a sustainable organisation, those effects on biodiversity should be assessed and minimised to prevent further biodiversity loss. This section sets out the rules and requirements for Biodiversity management, reducing impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems.

3.3.1 Rules

  • The organisation shall comply with or exceed all national environmental laws and regulations.
  • The organisation shall monitor its impact on ecosystems.
  • The organisation shall assess and document its risks relating to ecosystems and biodiversity.
  • The organisation shall develop a strong management strategy for managing and mitigating the identified biodiversity risks.
  • The assessment of risks and management strategy shall be updated regularly.

3.3.2 Requirements

  • The organisation shall develop an environmental policy regarding the preservation of biodiversity.
  • The organisation shall implement a due diligence process to identify and address the negative biodiversity impact, as a minimum addressing:
    • Screening of new and existing sites, identifying boundaries of legally protected areas, boundaries of key biodiversity areas
    • Assessment of the impact on sites identified as within or close to legally protected or key biodiversity areas
    • Identification, planning and monitoring of mitigation and/or compensation measures
  • The organisation shall develop key performance indicators.
  • The organisation shall seek to continually improve those key performance indicators.