Our Environmental Management System (EMS) is a comprehensive system designed to integrate minimisation of energy and water usage in our operations in order to converse suppliers, minimise our consumption of natural resources, adverse environmental impacts and wholly support and comply with the requirements of National Environmental Management Act (NEMA). EMS has become a culture to Ellies and we have found it fitting to incorporate the NEMA requirements within our organisational plans, strategies and budgets.
This Environmental Management System was developed in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard, with the support of Senior Management. The environmental management system has two areas of focus:
- Environmental compliance – The environmental compliance aspect of the EMS consists of regulatory compliance and monitoring programs.
- Environmental sustainability – The environmental sustainability aspect promotes and integrates sustainability initiatives such as energy savings and natural resource preservation, waste minimization, and use of eco-friendly products and services in all phases of our work.
Our EMS Policy is governed by Environmental Management framework which is the keystone of our EMS. Our policy addresses environmental impact, environmental management, environmental reporting, climate change (to the extent that we are involved), Stakeholder’s involvement, engagement and reporting, Community involvement, Board of Director’s commitment, including Corporate Code of Conduct, broader economic issues, and our pursuit moving towards sustainability.
Through EMS, we aim to consistently meet our environmental goals and commitments as a result of suitable and comprehensive planning, adequate implementation, regular checking and effective corrective action.
Our objective is not only to attain better compliance assurance but also expand environmental performance in areas such as resource conservation, energy efficiency, water- use efficiency, hazardous and non-hazardous waste reduction, and mitigation of impacts associated with noise and dust.
We believe our environmental practices should be our way of life, our culture. Hence we have ensured that our environmental responsibilities are incorporated into job descriptions, to instil a culture change. We believe we have in place a strong environmental management system that guides our compliance efforts. It is based on a corporate-wide environmental policy for which all employees are responsible.
Ellies believes that businesses are responsible for achieving good environmental practice and operating in a sustainable manner.
We are therefore committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy and operating methods.
It is our priority to encourage our customers, suppliers and all business associates to do the same. Not only is this sound commercial sense for all; it is also a matter of delivering on our duty of care towards future generations.
Our Policy extends to:
- Wholly support and comply with the requirements of National Environmental Management Act
- Minimise our waste and reuse or recycle where practical
- Minimise energy and water usage in our operations in order to conserve supplies, and minimise our consumption of natural resources
- As far as reasonably practicable purchase products and services that have the minimum impact on the environment and encourage our stakeholders to do the same
- Research the environmental impact and conduct life cycle analysis of processes or products we wish to introduce in our operations to ensure they have minimum environmental impact, whilst assuming a cautious move towards sustainability
- Continuously improve on energy and water usage, air and water emissions, noise and light pollution as a result of our operations to ensure minimum impact to the environment and the local community
- Continuously research best practice in order to stay relevant in our industry and ensure minimum environmental impact
- Continuously monitor our environmental impact and publicly report on our performance
- Conduct internal audits and annual review meetings to ensure that performance is measured and monitored, and set improved targets and objectives
- Board of Directors to demonstrate leadership commitment by leading and playing an active role in some environmental initiatives