SCVO is committed to improving its contribution to Scotland achieving its climate change goals and delivering the Environment Strategy
As an infrastructure organisation, we don't have vehicles or manufacturing processes to address, but through our properties and our actions as an organisation and as individual members of staff, we will make our best efforts to minimise our carbon footprint and promote environmental responsibility.
Our starting point must be to establish what our current footprint looks like. Compliance with the latest environmental legislation will be our minimum.
Our strategic objectives are to support, promote and develop a confident, sustainable voluntary sector in Scotland. Our approach to environmental matters should underpin those objectives and enable us to fulfil them better for the sector. As a champion for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, we will model good practice.
When we have established our baseline position and set our targets, we will continuously improve until all targets are met, and review them to take account of changing national and international goals. Our most significant environmental impacts come from travel and from our buildings. How we manage those will reflect the lessons we have learned from remote working during COVID restrictions and our review of the working arrangements we want to adopt. Environmental activity will complement staff wellbeing and organisational efficiency.
In partnership with relevant voluntary organisations such as Keep Scotland Beautiful and Zero Waste Scotland, we will deliver a learning programme to all staff and trustees so that we are all clear about our priorities, what change is required and the impact each of us has on the environment.
We will share our commitments and learning with our members, and the wider sector, and we will set high expectations of our suppliers, contractors and partner organisations.
We will set annual targets for key areas, and review progress every six months, reporting to the Strategic Resources Committee. The policy will be reviewed annually in line with our business plan.
We will communicate clearly and regularly with staff, funders and members, stating our objectives, the rationale and how we will achieve them.
This policy should be read in conjunction with our Travel and Subsistence Policy, all staff wellbeing policies, procurement guidance and corporate partnerships policy.
To deliver this policy we will produce an implementation plan. The first elements will be: