SOUTH EAST SECURITY
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development
In 1992, nearly 200 nations (including the UK) met in Rio de Janeiro for the Earth Summit. Together a global action plan was formulated, known as Agenda 21, to guide us into the 21st century.
The central theme of Agenda 21 is the search for new ways of meeting people's needs today whilst leaving the environment in a condition that will allow future generations to meet their own needs. This global plan for"sustainable development" acknowledges that the environmental challenge is so great that it can only be tackled if everyone - individuals, business and industry, voluntary organisations, schools, etc - plays a part in finding solutions to problems such as:
- the destruction of forests
- the pollution of the air, seas and waterways
- global warming.
Agenda 21 therefore encourages local governments throughout the world to bring all these different groups together to seek agreement about the quality of life local people want to pass on to the next generation, and how everyone can help work towards achieving the vision. Only by working together in partnership can people and organisations create the workable solutions to the unsustainable lifestyles of the present.
In the UK, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in consultation with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) supports the initiative to provide a higher profile for corporate social responsibility amongst British businesses.
Mark Barthel, Head of Environment, Sustainability and CSR at British Standards Institution (BSI), says:
“Organisations are facing increased pressure from all directions: government is encouraging business to be more environmentally and socially responsible; consumers are requiring higher ethical standards; pressure groups are becoming more articulate and sophisticated; and communities are demanding a stake in decision-making. At the same time, the drive to boost competitiveness and shareholder value is stronger than ever.
Sustainable development and CSR is all about striking a balance between these different priorities.”
South East Security’s Role
Whilst appreciating that many environmental issues are global in their nature, South East Security recognises that it has a role in the reduction of its impact on the environment at local level and is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of its operations by means of a program of continuous improvement.
At South East Security, we care about the environment and recognize that concern for it should always be an integral part of our business ethos, whilst seeking to balance the needs of our business aims with the need to protect and improve the local and global environment.
To this end we are committed to:
- Minimising the production of waste and promoting recycling and sound disposal;
- Dispose of hazardous waste through the use of approved collection agencies;
- Consider the environmental performance of companies in our supply chain, and wherever financially viable, give preference to products and suppliers with least environmental impact;
- Minimise the incidence of noise pollution from alarm systems through good design, the use of reliable equipment and the quality user training.
- Reduce transport mileages by planning optimum routes of field service engineers to carry out their work.
To achieve this we will:
- Keep abreast of developments in the environmental sector;
- Comply with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and approved codes of practice including the EC Directive WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment;
- Protect the environment by striving to prevent and minimise our contribution to pollution of land, air, and water by reducing consumption of materials and promote recycling, especially of paper, plastics and metals;
- Seek to keep wastage to a minimum and maximise the efficient use of materials and resources;
- Manage and dispose of all waste in a responsible manner;
- Provide training for our staff so that we all work in accordance with this policy and within an environmentally aware culture and ensure that all personnel are aware of this policy and encourage them to seek imaginative ways of improving it;
- Be aware of, and implement whenever applicable, the safe disposal of electrical and electronic equipment that has reached the end of its operational life and has been removed from service;
- Develop our management processes to ensure that environmental factors are considered during planning and implementation;
- Monitor and continuously improve our environmental performance at least annually.