1. Policy Statement
Since the industrial revolution the world population has increasingly been living in an unsustainable way, sustainable development is a response to addressing these issues and can also bring about significant savings for organisations in terms of efficiencies and costs.
Vision Training (North East) Limited endorses the values of Sustainable Development which is defined by the government as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” and takes into account “the ability of the biosphere to absorb the effects of human activities” in every choice made.
Securing the Future, the UK Sustainable Development Strategy (2005), stated that: ‘Sustainable development principles must lie at the core of the education system, such that schools, colleges and universities become showcases of sustainable development amongst the communities that they serve’.
To define Vision Training (North East) Limited’s commitment to sustainable development through embedding the principles of sustainability across all its activities by minimising the impact on the environment, supporting a fair and equal society and providing opportunities for learners and employees to increase their awareness and understanding of environmental issues through active participation.
We recognise that our activities may have effects on sustainability and will ensure legislative compliance, and where practicable, exceed minimum requirements by incorporating sound sustainability management practices into all aspects of assessment centre operations.
The policy applies to all operational and support services of the company, its employees, learners and partnership working processes.
The policy describes how we aim to deliver and maximise sustainable development performance improvements, using the governments guidelines on sustainable development to inform.
The policy will be reviewed and revised as necessary, at least every two years
4. Roles and Responsibilities
Vision Training (North East) is responsible for ensuring that all employees are aware of this policy and in promoting an environment where sustainable development can flourish.
Manager’s Responsibility The Managing Director is responsible for ensuring that a copy of this document is available to all employees and that the policy and procedures are reviewed at least 2 yearly.
The Operations Director, and Team Leaders are responsible for promoting the adherence of this policy by all employees and enabling them to promote sustainable development to learners and partners.
The Development Manager is responsible for ensuring the policy is available to learners and employers on the web site.
Individual’s Responsibility Individual employees are required to act in accordance with the policy to enable Vision Training (North East) Limited to meet its sustainability agenda and to promote:
- sustainability units where available in qualifications
- working practices that support sustainability
5. Policy Implementation
Vision Training (North East) Limited believes in a practical approach to sustainability we:
1. Minimise use of energy and scarce resources through good practice, prudent maintenance and use of energy efficient resources
- Bio friendly products for use by cleaners
- Management of heating system, regular servicing of boiler
- Empty room – lights off initiative
- Core working hours 08:00 – 16:00 to make best use of natural day light
- Lap tops set to eco power setting
2. Optimise water use efficiency, such as
- x drinking water machines
- x dishwashers
- Promoting hand washing of vehicles
- Reduction in window washing for offices
3. Promote reduced car travel:
- Efficient scheduling of Learning meetings
- Meeting learners at place of work
- Group meetings where possible
- Scheduling learner visits to specific areas
- Home and flexible working
- Increased use of video conferencing for meetings and collaboration
4. Promote teaching methods which are environmentally conscious and encourage the use of on line materials and other strategies to reduce the need for travel and paper
5. Reduce the use of paper by
- Promoting the use of email, VLE, intranet and other technology as far as practicable
- Use double sided and black/white printing and copying where the use of print is unavoidable
- Re-use of printed training material
6. Promote office air quality
- Use of houseplants to assist the removal of pollutants and toxins from the air
7. Promote reuse and recycling, and reduction of waste, such as
- Recycling ink cartridges
- Contracting with a recycling company for all paper waste
- Using 2nd hand office equipment
8. Give appropriate consideration to environmental criteria when purchasing products and services and where possible select contractors and suppliers who can demonstrate environmental management and performance in line with this policy
- Seek to purchase electricity from a supplier committed to renewable energy.
- Ensure that timber furniture, and any other timber products, are recycled or from well-managed, sustainable sources and are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
- Purchase fair-trade and/or organic beverages
- Purchase recycled paper only