Environmental & Sustainability Policy
JRA : Environmental & Sustainability Policy
John Roberts Associates are committed to sustainable development (meeting the needs
of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
needs) as a guiding principle within our work.
Concern for the environment is an integral and fundamental part of this commitment.
Our aim is to reduce the impact on the environment from our operations.
Our environmental/sustainability action plan is our aim to promote good governance as
well as dealing with aspects of poor practice. We will assess the environmental impacts
of our operations and set objectives and targets in order to improve our environmental
performance. We will regularly review these targets.
• Promote responsibility for the environment within the organisation and communicate
and implement this policy at all levels within the workforce;
• Reduce the use of energy, water and other resources;
• Minimise waste by reduction, re-use and recycling methods;
• Comply with all relevant environmental legislation/regulation;
• Ensure that our policies and services are developed in a way that is complimentary to
• We should not prioritise funding needs ahead of sustainability requirements;
• Encourage all stakeholders to commit to the sustainable development philosophy;
• Identify and provide appropriate training, advice and information for staff and encourage
them to develop new ideas and initiatives;
• Provide appropriate resources to meet the commitments of this policy;
• Promote and encourage involvement in local environmental initiatives/schemes.
This action plan is available to all staff and has been drawn to their attention.
Senior Management awareness will be raised at regular Management meetings
Key actions ensure continued roll out of electronic records document management
system and online services initiatives to reduce need for paper
Improve Environmental awareness amongst staff and promote green housekeeping
Ongoing – The Managing Director and the Senior Management team continue to focus
– The recruitment of an Environmental Manager and/or additional training in this area for
the Quality Manager
– Preparation of the business according to the clear mandates of ISO 14001
– The viability for the formal introduction of ISO 14001 accreditation
Regular attention is given to
• Arranging automatic shutdown of PC’s at an agreed time each evening.
• Closely monitoring utilities consumption for the business.
• Where appropriate, increasing recycling options and fitting time clocks on items of
equipment which are not required to be powered up 24/07.
• Using environmentally friendly products in kitchen areas.
• Installing light sensors in the offices, toilets and kitchen areas.
Information for our suppliers
We recognise that much of our environmental impact comes from goods we buy and
services that we commission. For this reason, we sometimes expect our suppliers to
meet environmental standards if the product or service has significant impact. Where
this is the case, we will always specify clearly what we need when we invite quotations
or tenders. We may also sometimes ask suppliers to tell us about any environmental
features, or implications of their product or service when they tender or quote. We use
this information as part of our evaluation.
Some examples of areas that are of interest to us are given below, although this is not
the complete list:
• Timber products – where articles have a timber feature,we require these to be from
legal and sustainable sources
• Paper and printing – we have standards for the recycled content
• Fabrics/Garments/Accessories – we require all dying to be conducted to REACH
and/or OEKO-TEX 100 standards and be ZERO hazardous
• For larger and particularly significant contracts we may sometimes look to negotiate
additional environmental benefits for the community as a form of social value
JRA – Ethical Policy
John Roberts Associates expects all of its business divisions, its employees and its
directors carry out their business and perform their duties to the highest ethical standards
and in compliance with any legal compliance expectations
This standard of behaviour and performance is maintained in the company’s relationship
with all employees, customers, suppliers and all other stakeholders
Our objectives are to,
• Comply with all local and international laws where applicable in all of our business
• Ensure all business activities are conducted in an ethical manner
• Maintain and protect the company’s reputation and that also of our clients, suppliers,
customers, contractors and employees in all of our activities
• Act within the codes of conduct and national policies set out within our industry sector
Other business policies and standards set out separately and inaddition will include
• Bribery & Fraud
• Competition & Unethical Practices
• Confidentiality & Data Protection
• Conflicts of Interest
• Protection & Ownership of Assets
• Accounting Systems & Procedures
• Legal Compliance
• Administration of the Ethical Business Policy
All non-compliance of this policy, with in addition all supplementary policies should be
reported to the Managing Director who is personally responsible for the governance and
All such communication will be undertaken in confidence and if requested conducted on
an anonymous basis