SLH Group gets the green light for their commitment to the environment
Published by Michelle Bloore for South Liverpool Housing in Housing
South Liverpool housing association, SLH Group, has achieved the most widely recognised environmental certification for the work they do to minimise environmental impact.
They have recently achieved the ISO14001 accreditation which is an internationally accepted standard that helps organisations to meet their environmental goals and objectives, following the implementation of an effective environmental management system.
The report stated that ‘SLH has set up an excellent system, with good involvement of the staff and buy in from senior management. The system includes many good practices.’
One of these good practices is the way the organisation has reviewed and changed the way they manage their waste through their Estate and Environmental Services team. They have cut costs dramatically by setting up their own mini recycling facility which enables them to separate their own waste before it goes to the waste management centre.
Alternative forms of managing green waste have also proved effective with 98% of green waste now being chipped and given away to tenants free of charge or used on open spaces in the community. Last year they launched an Eco Forum where members of staff meet regularly to discuss how they can work more efficiently to reduce their environmental impact, both in the office and the community.
Joe Cummings, SLH Group’s Environment and Enterprise Manager said “We have a social responsibility to reduce the impact our business practices have on the environment. Achieving this certificate proves that environmental issues are a priority for us and that we are creating a better environment for our customers and employees.”
“The standard requires us to improve our performance year on year so we will be working harder than ever to ensure that environmental issues are high on everyone’s agenda, including our partner contractors and suppliers.”