PCS environmental policy statement
PCS acknowledges its legal and ethical responsibilities for achieving good
environmental practices and operating in a sustainable manner. PCS is therefore committed to reducing the impact it has on the environment by continually improving its environmental performance through regular process reviews, monitoring, and staff awareness.
PCS aims to encourage our staff, members, suppliers and business
associates to do the same.
A joint management/GMB environmental committee has been formed to progress our principal environmental commitments which include:
• A commitment to co–operation and consultation between PCS and GMB.
• To support the establishment of a network of GMB ‘green reps’ and their on–going training.
• To comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice.
• To continuously seek to improve environmental performance by way of joint environmental audits, reviews and equipment upgrades.
• Reduce the consumption of raw materials, energy and supplies where possible by means of monitoring and target setting.
• To promote ethical and green policies by using PCS’ purchasing power to promote sustainable procurement through the use of the PCS Fair and Ethical Trade Purchasing Policy and supply chain monitoring
• To establish the union’s carbon footprint with the aim to manage and reduce incorporating best green practices in any relocations/new office space.
• Reduce waste, reuse supplies and commodities, and recycle waste to minimise the need for landfill.
• To make best use of IT technology to reduce paper waste and for low carbon practices (such as flexible or mobile working).
• To replace environmentally damaging chemicals for less harmful or biodegradable chemicals.
• To encourage staff to use modes of transport, for both travel to and travel for work, that will have the least impact on the environment and to operate and maintain company vehicles so as to minimalise environmental impact.
• To raise awareness and encourage staff participation through regular appropriate publicity, communications and training.
• To participate in discussions about environmental issues with the local community, supporting union activists and branches on bargaining for
greener workplaces, and working with non–governmental organisations (NGO), green groups and other organisations to take forward our policies on environmental issues.
• To periodically review the PCS Fair and Ethical Trade Purchasing Policy to ensure it reflects the points above and whenever a change in legislation occurs.