Green Business Awards 2009: Environmental Management - Overall Environmental Management

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WINNER - BOVIS LEND LEASE

Bovis Lend Lease is a leading project management and construction company operating in more than 30 countries. It employs 8,000, 1,800 of them in the UK. The firm has high-quality environmental management procedures. It achieved ISO 14001 certification of its environmental management system in 2002. Its sustainability data is internally audited, then subject to external validation. In 2008, it established a multi-stakeholder group to review performance in this area.

Bovis Lend Lease's EMS covers design and construction operations. Each project develops and implements a site-specific environmental management plan and is subject to regular internal audits. Every site project has a sustainability co-ordinator.

An accreditation scheme called BuildingConfidence audits suppliers' environmental impacts, with the aim of improving supply-chain sustainability performance. Other construction firms have since joined the scheme.

Staff are given sustainability training, and senior non-environmental staff also have sustainability targets. The executive leadership team committed to reduce carbon emissions from business travel by 10% in 12 months. Every member of staff must commit to at least one personal sustainability target at every review.

Current focus areas are a 'lights out' policy, which is expected to save up to 4% of carbon emissions, and a waste action plan. …

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