JLI Environmental Policy

JLI Environmental Policy

Introduction

The earth’s environment is under severe stress from uncontrolled human activity, threatening the survival of our society and the performance of the James Lind Institute’s mission.

James Lind Institute accepts that it must work to preserve the environmental sustainability of the planet, at all levels of its operations – in its own practice, as a participant in a community of practice, and as a participant in the Australian social discourse.

James Lind Institute aspires to minimize its impact on our environment and maximize the effective use of resources. We strive to achieve this by increasing communication and awareness of our efforts in accordance with this policy and fostering responsible environmental behavior amongst staff, volunteers, and users at all levels.

James Lind Institute is committed not only to complying with applicable law in all of its operations but to minimize risks and impacts through the development of robust and documented systems to implement, measure, monitor, and disseminate excellent environmental performance both within its operations and to the broader community.

Purpose

This Environmental Sustainability Policy aims to integrate a philosophy of sustainable development into all the organization’s activities and to establish and promote sound environmental practices in our operations.

Policy

James Lind Institute commits itself to minimize its impact on our environment through

Providing a safe and healthful workplace;

Having an environmentally sustainable aware culture, where responsibility is assigned and understood;

Being an environmentally responsible neighbor in our community;

Conserving natural resources by reusing and recycling;

Using, in our own operations, processes that do not adversely affect the environment;

Ensuring the responsible use of energy throughout the organization;

Participating in efforts to improve environmental protection and understanding;

Taking steps to improve environmental performance continually;

Conducting rigorous audits, evaluations, and self-assessments of the implementation of this policy;

Working with suppliers who promote sound environmental practices; and

Enhancing awareness among our employees, volunteers, and users – educating and motivating them to act in an environmentally responsible manner.

Responsibilities

It shall be the responsibility of the Board to establish and maintain policies and procedures and to bring these procedures into effect. It shall be the responsibility of the CEO to ensure the implementation of these policies and procedures.

Procedures

James Lind Institute will develop guidelines for staff, volunteers, and users to adopt sound environmental work practices, and adequate training will be provided to ensure these practices are carried out.

James Lind Institute will act responsibly to correct incidents or conditions that endanger health, safety, or the environment. It will promptly report any such incidents to the relevant authorities and inform affected parties as appropriate.

James Lind Institute will, use reasonable endeavors to, reuse and recycle materials, purchase recycled materials, and use recyclable packaging and other materials.

James Lind Institute will use all reasonable endeavors to that its services and products are safe, efficient in their use of energy, protective of the environment, and able to be reused, recycled, or disposed of safely.

James Lind Institute will use all reasonable endeavors to minimize materials and energy use, prevent air, water, and other pollution, and dispose of waste safely and responsibly.

James Lind Institute will use all reasonable endeavors to conserve energy by improving energy efficiency and giving preference to renewable over non-renewable energy sources when feasible.

James Lind Institute will use reasonable endeavors to, utilize its particular knowledge and experience to contribute to environmentally sustainable techniques, technology, knowledge, and methods.

James Lind Institute will use all reasonable endeavors to contribute to the maintenance and increase of biodiversity through the management of its landholdings. 

James Lind Institute will use all reasonable endeavors to meet or exceed all applicable government requirements and voluntary requirements generally observed in its field, and will, in addition, adhere to the more stringent requirements of its own environmental policy.

In order to continually improve its environmental management system, James Lind Institute will use reasonable endeavors to conduct audits and self-assessment of its compliance with this policy..

James Lind Institute will maintain an open and honest dialogue with staff, volunteers, stakeholders, and the public about the environmental, health, and safety performance of its operations and services.

James Lind Institute will use reasonable endeavors to ensure that every employee, volunteer, and contractor is informed of and expected to follow this policy and to report any environmental, health, or safety concern to management so that prompt action may be taken.