Here, you can add selected environmental requirements as topics for special focus in relation to suppliers.
The automatically generated Code of Conduct is fully comprehensive - even without an annex. The annex with selected environmental requirements may be necessary, if required by special circumstances in your company, such as customer requirements of zero tolerance, certification requirements or industry standards that you are committed to observing.
From the left menu, you can add the following environmental requirements to your annex:
- Air pollution
- CO2 emissions and energy consumption
- Chemicals and hazardous substances
- Soil pollution
- Hazardous and non-hazardous waste
- Use of natural resources
- Noise, odour, light and vibration
- Water and wastewater
(The list is not exhaustive.)
Below there is general information on various aspects of environmental protection and industrial accidents:
Compliance with environmental legislation
The supplier is required to be familiar with the current environmental legislation that is relevant in relation to the company's activities, products and services.
The supplier must be able to present the significant regulations and terms, and document compliance with the regulations. This documentation may take the form of approvals, guidelines and regulations, etc.
The supplier must ensure that relevant personnel are familiar with the current environmental requirements, via such measures as training, communication and effective operations management.
To learn more about environmental legislation, standards, etc. click on the "links" tab for further information.
If there is a risk of significant environmental impacts or accidents due to the supplier's activities, products or services, or if there is uncertainty concerning the environmental impacts, the supplier should apply the precautionary principle.
Experience shows that it is less detrimental to the environment, and also cost effective, to prevent environmental damage or pollution, rather than remediation after damage or pollution has occurred. The supplier should therefore disclose the potential risks of environmental impacts.
The precautionary principle is described in principle 7 of the Global Compact (GC), which you can read more about under the "links" tab.
Suppliers should take responsibility for the environment and ensure that their activities are not to the environmental detriment of other parties. It is important that suppliers are open concerning their environmental responsibility and communicate with employees, as well as the general public, concerning their environmental responsibility.
In terms of environmentally responsible business operations, a main objective is to minimise the current and potential environmental impacts from such factors as:
- Use of scarce natural resources, energy and water
- Emissions to air, water and soil
- Noise, odours and dust emissions
- Potential or actual soil contamination
- Handling and disposing of hazardous substances
- Waste management
- Product-related issues (design, packaging, transport, use and recirculation/disposal)
Environmental responsibility is described in principle 8 of the Global Compact (GC), which you can read more about under the "links" tab.
Companies with environmental management systems signal to external stakeholders that they have their environmental impacts under control.
An environmental management system requires an environmental policy and concrete objectives, as well as environmental action plans that are continuously updated. An environmental management system may be certified in accordance with environmental standards, or on a voluntary basis without accreditation.
It is important that the supplier assesses its activities, products and services for actual and potential environmental impacts, especially in terms of predicting and handling accidents that can lead to contamination or pollution.
The supplier must be able to document ongoing improvements to its environmental management activities and results. This may, for example, take place by reducing environmental impacts and preventing accidents.
The supplier must measure and register relevant environmental impacts on an ongoing basis. It is also important that personnel are instructed and trained in the company's environmental management system.
Prevention of accidents
The supplier should have clear precautionary measures in terms of preventing accidents and incidents that may impact the environment and public health. The supplier should have a technical and organisational emergency plan with guidelines. It is also important that personnel are instructed in the implementation of the plan.
The emergency plan must take account of the risks presented by the activities taking place at the location, and must also be communicated to local authorities, emergency services, etc. to the relevant extent.
In the event of accidents, the supplier should immediately advise the local community on any health problems related to the accident, and immediately take responsibility for ensuring that the problems are addressed on an effective basis.
Preventing pollution is a matter of controlling and minimising the probability or consequences of pollution.
Suppliers should have specific procedures for the storage and transport of all hazardous substances, in order to minimise pollution of the air, water, soil and groundwater. Suppliers must train the relevant employees in preventing pollution and monitoring that procedures are followed.
Suppliers should not use chemicals that are on lists of prohibited chemicals, such as the WHO's list of agrochemical products. Suppliers should also have an updated list of the hazardous chemicals that they use and store, as well as updated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Suppliers should report accidents to the authorities, as required in legislation or permits.
Promoting environmentally friendly technologies
Use of environmentally friendly ('green') technologies entails that suppliers make more effective and sustainable use of resources, reduce pollution and reuse or recycle waste, or that suppliers handle their residual waste on a responsible basis.
Environmentally sustainable technologies and methods can help to ensure cleaner production processes and more sustainable products.
Suppliers can promote green technologies and methods, for example by adjusting processes so as to reduce waste and emissions, using more sustainable raw materials and auxiliary materials, improving their products' environmental qualities, and reducing waste volumes by increasing reuse and recycling.
The principle of promoting environmentally friendly technologies is described in principle 9 of the Global Compact (GC), which you can read more about under the "links" tab.