If you believe that there is an increased risk of your suppliers contributing to soil pollution, and you wish to include this topic in the annex to your Code of Conduct, you can add the following requirements to your Code of Conduct by clicking on "Save to clipboard".
Pollution of the soil and groundwater can be detrimental to human health.
a. The supplier complies with any legal requirements in relation to soil contamination (e.g. required to report on contamination, certain standards or methods applied to prevent, minimise and remedy).
b. The supplier maps and clearly marks and communicates areas where contamination of the ground has or may have occurred.
c. The supplier documents that employees involved in the handling of contaminated soil are adequately trained and have the right competencies.
d. The supplier documents what types of ground contamination have and are taking place and when (e.g. within the past ten years or more), and reports incidents of contamination to relevant authorities
e. The supplier clearly attempts to prevent, minimise and remedy contamination of the soil (e.g. through protective layers on/in the ground, in situ or ex situ bioremediation - biological ‘cleaning’ of the contaminated matter).
f. The supplier has an emergency plan in the case of spills and accidents.
g. The supplier has adequate and safe storage facilities for chemicals, oil, fuel and other dangerous or polluting substances.Save to clipboard
Soil pollution is defined as the occurrence of more than a certain level of polluting substances in the soil, causing the deterioration or loss of one or several functions of the soil. Soil pollution can be seen as the presence of man-made (synthetic) chemicals, or another change in the natural soil environment.
Soil pollution typically occurs as a consequence of the use of pesticides, the percolation of polluted surface water to subterranean layers, the leaching of waste from land fill sites, or the intended and unintended discharge of chemical waste and wastewater to the soil, as well as dust containing heavy metals from mechanical processes such as grinding and sandblasting.
The chemicals most often involved are oil products, hydrocarbons, solvents, pesticides, lead and other heavy metals. Occurrences of soil pollution are increasing relative to the consumption of chemicals.
The measures taken must be in accordance with national statutory requirements, international conventions, agreements, the precautionary principle and best practice.