March 14, 2008

The BBC environment—Corporate responsibility and Partnership

Just find some interesting things about the environment. 

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We make thousands of radio and television programmes every year. We recognise that this does have an impact on the environment, but the impact of what we do - our environmental footprint - is actually not as great as that of organisations of a similar size in other industries. That's because most of the resources we use are creative.

We have an existing environmental policy which commits us to reducing waste and energy use. However, we have decided to develop a medium-term strategy, with clearly defined objectives, to ensure that the BBC is run in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.

The BBC environment policy 

The BBC exists to enrich people's lives with great programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain. Our vision is to be the most creative and trusted organisation in the world. Environmental management is integral to this vision and our performance.

The BBC recognises that our environmental footprint arises from our business operations including our buildings and infrastructure, programme making and commercial activities. Our environmental impacts include air emissions, waste generation, land use, energy use, and water use, along with those associated with the procurement of goods and services.

The BBC's overall objective is to carry out our business operations in a way which manages, minimises and continually reduces our adverse environmental impacts and demonstrates pollution prevention. Our ambition is to become a sector leader in environmental management.

We will achieve this by:

  • compliance, as a minimum, with all applicable legislation, BBC requirements and any other adopted requirements which relate to our significant environmental impacts
  • implementation and continued improvement of an occupational risk management system that meets the requirements of the International Standards Organisation, ISO 14001:2004
  • continual and effective improvement of environmental performance through the setting and review of environmental objectives and targets which relate to our significant environmental impacts
  • effective monitoring, measuring and reporting in relation to our significant environmental impacts
  • reviewing the management system and policy to ensure their suitability, adequacy and effectiveness
  • provision of suitable and sufficient environmental information, instruction and training to enable all staff to carry out their jobs competently
  • selection and monitoring of competent third parties to ensure appropriate standards of environmental management are achieved
  • effective communication and cooperation with third parties so that they are aware of our environmental management expectations

Environmental management is everyone's responsibility, and a prime responsibility of all levels of management, and I expect everyone to contribute to achieving our overall objective.

We will provide adequate and appropriate resources to implement this policy and will ensure it is properly communicated and understood.

The Executive and I aim to encourage initiative and the adoption of best practice in a culture where employees and managers are aware of their individual responsibilities for the environment and where they are actively engaged and committed to improving standards of environmental management.

Mark Thompson
Director-General
Authorised February 2007


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