While we may not impact the environment to the same extent as businesses in other sectors, the day-to-day operations of our businesses do have environmental impacts which we need to manage.
We are legally required to manage and report on some of our environmental impacts, particularly in relation to climate change.
The environmental management system (EMS) we have in place across our business enables us to systematically manage our impacts on the environment by:
- Identifying and understanding the environmental impacts of our activities;
- Defining environmental responsibilities for staff;
- Measuring and monitoring our environmental management performance and setting targets; and
- Identifying opportunities to continually improve.
Our EMS is audited on an annual basis against the requirements of the international environmental management standard ISO 14001. Our head office in Bradford continues to be formally certified to ISO 14001. In 2016, we will set a target to get the EMS in our Vanquis Bank locations in London and Chatham formally certified to ISO 14001.