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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

 

Purpose

This Environmental Sustainability Policy formalises our commitment to supporting the principles of environmental sustainability and recognises that a sustainable environment is central to our lives and our work.

The aim of our Environmental Sustainability Policy is to:

  • Implement environmental actions within Seekers
  • Monitor the environmental actions and improvements internally
  • Communicate environmental initiatives internally and externally

Scope

This policy and associated procedures apply to all directors, staff and contractors working for Seekers.

Policy

Seekers respects our relationship with the natural environment and its ecosystems. We acknowledge the adverse impacts that human activity can impose and take actions to prevent degradation of those natural systems.

Seekers commits to the following principles and practices:

1. Monitoring and managing our environmental performance and working towards targets set to reduce adverse impacts.

2. Complying with relevant Australian Commonwealth, State and Local environmental policy, practices, regulations and legislation, and industry-specific standards.

3. Reducing the consumption of natural resources in daily operations, including all materials used in spectacle manufacturing, water, paper and energy.

4. Supplying master crafted spectacle frames constructed from high quality materials that are durable, can be repaired easily and can be re-lensed when a client's prescription changes.

5. Maximising the reuse and recycling of resources, including supplier packaging, client spectacle frames, contact lenses, lenses, and water used in the lens edging process.

6. Encouraging clients to re-lens their preloved frames by offering a 20% discount on replacement lenses.

7. Disposing of waste appropriately, including batteries and e-waste at the City of Yarra recycling centre, and ink cartridges at Officeworks.

8. Committing to the principles of preventing pollution to the environment and continual improvement.

9. Minimising pollution by taking steps to limit carbon emissions resulting from vehicle and air travel, such as through the use of video conferencing and bicycle couriers.

10. Minimising water pollution by filtering all microplastics from lens edging wastewater.

11. Encouraging staff to use environmentally preferred products and practices in their virtual offices, including the return of any batteries or electronic devices to Seekers for safe disposal at the City of Yarra recycling centre.

12. Where possible, encouraging suppliers to meet high standards of environmental performance, and preferencing suppliers that meet these standards.

13. Communicating this policy to all employees, contractors and other stakeholders, as well as making this policy available to the general public.

14. Reporting on Seekers’ environmental performance in both internal and external communications, where relevant.

15. Reviewing this policy annually and measuring targets and performance as part of that review.

Responsibility & Review

This Environmental Sustainability Policy is the responsibility of the Management of Seekers.

This policy was lasted updated in April 2024 and will be reviewed by April 2025.

Policy Details

Name of Policy: Environmental Sustainability

Category: Facilities

Approved By: Jayson Stone, Director & Optometrist

Date of Commencement: 5 August 2022

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