It's now more important than ever for charities to be environmentally conscious and it can also save and earn you money too. Use this template to create your environmental, or sustainability policy - with 50+ eco friendly ideas to choose from - waste management, recycling, sourcing products, travel and charity environmental regulations.
None of us can save the planet alone, but all of us can do something and, as charities, we should. And, it'll not only save you money, it can earn you some too. Is your charity doing its bit, or is it all talk?
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Here are some ideas:
The waste hierarchy identifes ways to be more environmentally friendly, in priority order.
You can find the official guidance in Charity Commission RS17 (Charities And Environmental Responsibilities). There is also legislation governing waste and the environment, such as the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Energy Performance Of Buildings regulations.
The Commission found that increasing numbers of charities were responding to environmental concerns, but that some charity trustees opposed this on the grounds it would not be a legitimate use of the charity's resources. If a charity, not working on environmental issues, wanted to buy an expensive recycling machine, purely to protect the environment, I'd agree. However, the environment falls within the scope of many charities' objects, many of the ideas above are cost neutral, or very low cost, and some will even earn or save money.
For charity shops, here's a regulatory guidance note from the Charity Retail Association.
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