PRECAUTION

EN.1.a. Precautionary approach

Does the company support a precautionary approach to environmental issues?

ABOUT THIS QUESTION

The 1992 Rio Declaration describes the precautionary approach as follows: "Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation". In other words, when scientific information is incomplete or uncertain but there is reasonable suspicion of environmental damage precaution is needed when deciding what level of risk is acceptable.

 

The company has a responsibility to protect the environment (and the public) where scientific investigation discovers a plausible risk of exposure and harm. The company should work systematically with assessing, managing and communicating risks and aim at preventing rather than remediating environmental damage.

 

ANSWER THIS QUESTION

First answer the following indicators (step 1) and then the main question (step 2).

Step 1. Answer the following indicators:

The company provides information to stakeholders about uncertainties and potential risks to workers, consumers, the public and the environment of the company's products and processes.

The company identifies any soil and water contamination at its site or sites, assesses the environmental impacts and remedies any significant contamination.

The company tries to avoid environmental damage by regular maintenance of production processes and environmental protection systems (air pollution control, waste water treatment systems etc.).

The company conducts systematic risk assessments of materials used, products and processes to apply the precautionary approach.

The company ensures transparency and engages in regular stakeholder dialogue with neighbours, civil society organisations and others with an interest in the company on critical environmental issues.

If relevant, the company supports scientific research on environmental issues relating to the company's products and processes.

Step 2. Answer the main question:

Does the company support a precautionary approach to environmental issues?

 

EN.1.b. Emergency response

Does the company have emergency procedures in place to prevent and address accidents affecting the environment and human health?

ABOUT THIS QUESTION

This question is primarily relevant for industrial companies whose operations involve potential toxic or other dangerous substances or processes that could affect the environment and/or human health.

 

The company should take measures to institute preventative methods and enforce emergency response techniques according to requirements of the industry. The company must ensure that all of its procedures comply with the highest industry standards and, if insufficient, exceed and improve upon them. The company should have in place emergency procedures to respond to accidents if they occur, and is also responsible for efficiently responding to minimise the effects and to promptly inform the community, authorities and other relevant stakeholders.

ANSWER THIS QUESTION

First answer the following indicators (step 1) and then the main question (step 2).

Step 1. Answer the following indicators:

The company has identified the hazardous operations and the potential consequences on human health and the environment if an accident occurs.

The company has detailed procedures, plans, equipment and training programmes to prevent accidents and emergencies.

The company has detailed procedures, plans and equipment to effectively respond to accidents and emergencies if they occur.

The company trains workers to respond to accidents and emergencies, including carrying out emergency drills at least once a year involving all workers.

Where there is significant risk of impacts on local communities, the company has a procedure that enables it to immediately notify affected local communities about industrial emergencies, and informs about emergency response, evacuation plans and medical response.

Does the company have emergency procedures in place to prevent and address accidents affecting the environment and human health?

 
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