CIEH’s environmental programme meets international standards
The CIEH’s environmental programme was recently audited and all three of its offices across England, Northern Ireland and Wales have met the international standards.
15Hatfields, the CIEH's events venue
As a result, the CIEH has been re-certified for the ISO 14001:2004 for another two years and joins 14,000 organisations across in the UK who have also been accredited to the international standard.
Between 7 and 8 April, auditors from NQA carried out an assessment of CIEH’s environment management system (EMS).
Over the two days auditors looked out for things that demonstrated how the CIEH’s EMS met international standards. Examples included how the CIEH continuously improved its environmental performance or how the CIEH has implemented a systematic approach to setting and achieving environmental objectives and targets.
Prior to the successful audit, the CIEH has been continually updating and improving its EMS and this work has been championed by the organisation’s E-Champs team.
The E-champs team was first established by the CIEH in 2010 and for the past six years, the team has led the programme ‘Walk the Walk’ to engage staff and encourage a bottom-up approach to improve the organisation’s environmental sustainability.
All members of the E-Champs team are volunteers and they work to ensure that the CIEH achieves the objectives of the organisation’s environmental policy, including preventing pollution and reducing water and energy use.
In particular, they focus their efforts on five key aspects to make improvements, including: energy, Health & Safety, travel, waste and water.
The E-Champs champions include: Kim Willis, Kelly Haddow, Steve Joyce, Sia Yamba, Warren Campbell, Will Mace, Gary McFarlane, Jason McLaughlin and Charles Angus.
Kim Willis, who has been an E-Champs volunteer since the programme’s inception, said: “At the very heart of environmental health is the drive to improve the environment in order to benefit and improve public health and wellbeing.
“At the CIEH, we are wholeheartedly committed to achieving environmental best practice and to be recertified as having met international standards is something we’re all immensely proud of.
“A big thank you to all the E-Champs team and to every member of CIEH staff who have worked together to change their behaviours over the past few years to improve our environmental standards.”
This good news complements other recent news that 15Hatfields, the CIEH’s events venue, secured a Green Tourism Gold award having been recognised for their efforts to improve sustainability and implementing practices that have helped the environment.
For further information about CIEH’s environmental commitment click here.