1.0 Overview

This policy is applicable across the Seetec Group including all corporate services functions and business streams, including the five primary Seetec Trading Divisions, Seetec Business Technology Centre, Seetec Employment and Skills Ireland, Seetec Outsource Training and Skills, Seetec Pluss (incorporating Pluss CIC). Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company.

We deliver employability, skills training, apprenticeships and rehabilitation programmes that are designed to support service users into sustained employment, education, training, or to support rehabilitation.

With an extensive delivery infrastructure of over 90 centres across the UK and the Republic of Ireland we support over 100,000 service users per annum addressing and overcoming entrenched issues such as unemployment, skills shortages, reoffending, long-term health conditions and social exclusion.

Services are provided through the delivery of contracts funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Ireland) and numerous Local Authorities.

2.0 Policy

We recognise that sound business management must consider the effects of our business on the environment and we are committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible manner.

Our senior management, environmental management team and employees have a responsibility for the environment and sustainability, which we will endeavour to influence, incorporate and promote within our operations and the services we provide.

We are committed to achieving high standards of sustainable development in all areas of our business, and to comply with all applicable compliance requirements. This includes the proposed legislative changes due to the UK leaving the European Union.

We continually seek to ensure that our activities are carried out with minimal impact on the environment, to enhance the environment wherever possible and are committed to the prevention of pollution.

We encourage partnership with commissioners and stakeholders, including the community, our network of supply chain partners, suppliers, customers, and employees to be accountable for the impact of their actions upon the environment, and by setting annual targets, to strive for continual improvement.

Our aim is to develop, maintain, monitor and implement policies, procedures and management systems which assess and minimise the environmental impact of our operations, particularly in relation to:

  • Sustainable Procurement of Goods & Services
  • Consumption of Materials & Resources
  • Efficient Energy Management
  • Following Best Practice in Waste Management
  • Efficient Logistics Management
  • Control of Discharges & Emissions

Progress in meeting our sustainable development objectives will be communicated regularly in Management Meetings, the Employee Council, and cascaded to employees via MySeetec, E-mails, and SOLAS training. Information is shared externally to promote and influence our Supply chain partners.

3.0 Sustainable Development Management

Our daily business encompasses a wide range of processes from the sourcing of products and services to the delivery of internal and external services.

The three principal elements of this activity most likely to impact on the environment are:

  • The consumption of fossil fuels is a consequence of all business activities, including the heating and lighting of premises, as well as fuel used for transportation.
  • The use of resource materials, whether for the products we purchase and distribute internally or the use of maintenance and cleaning materials within our offices.
  • Waste management including waste arising from materials used within Seetec, such as office waste and disposal of end of life products and waste generated by our clients on placements and work experience projects.

4.0 Environmental Management System (EMS)

The EMS Team is responsible for driving forward our environmental objectives and targets. The team consists of senior managers and key members of staff around the organisation that have a major influence over business activities.

The overall objective of the team is to improve and sustain our business operations for the benefit of all, both now and for future generations, recognising the links between the environment and the local communities we serve, for employability and skills services and the further development of an inclusive society.

5.0 Change History and Sign-off

This policy is endorsed by the top management within each of the Seetec Group business streams.

The next scheduled review of this document will be in October 2021.