Investors In The Environment Award – Achieving ‘Bronze’, and Heading For Silver!
Last autumn, The Comfrey Project began its journey working towards ‘bronze’ accreditation with Investors in the Environment (iiE).
Investors in the Environment (iiE) is a national sustainability accreditation that supports organisations to develop an ‘environmental management system’ that focuses on four key areas of sustainable development – Leadership and Governance, Climate Change, Nature and Natural Resources, and Pollution and Waste.
In working towards this accreditation, we wanted to challenge ourselves to make The Comfrey Project’s operations as kind to people and planet as possible.
Being kind to the environment has always been a part of The Comfrey Project’s ethos. Therefore, working towards iiE accreditation has been a fantastic way to formalise our commitment to the environment, hold ourselves accountable to reducing the project’s carbon footprint, and develop sustainable practices.
The accreditation has three levels – bronze, silver, and green. Achieving the bronze award is all about identifying resources that your organisation is going to measure, and creating a base-line-year of data for these resources. As well as this, we needed to radicalise our environmental and sustainability policy, to include bolder aims, create a waste management plan, and create a robust sustainability action plan, to set out a road-map to achieving our sustainability goals.
Nicola is the ‘Sustainability Lead’ at The Comfrey Project; she has been working hard, alongside the project’s sustainability champions, the wider staff team, and our trustees, to compile all of the necessary work needed to achieve this accreditation. After a busy period of reporting and planning, The Comfrey Project had its ‘Sustainability Audit’ with the iiE team on 28th October.
We are proud to announce that The Comfrey Project achieved ‘bronze’ accreditation at our October audit.
The next step is to begin working towards achieving ‘silver’ accreditation. This will build upon all of the work we have done for the bronze accreditation and deepen our commitment to treating the planet with love, turning our sustainability goals into habits and practices. We are looking forward to the challenge!!