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What is BOSS-EC?

The BOSS Environment Certificate was launched in 1996 as a means of recognising those Federation members that are meeting their environmental responsibilities. It is designed to help and encourage those organisations who are beginning to create environmental policies as well as those who have these already and want to continuously improve.

Why should you consider applying?

Although BOSS-EC does not replace formal accreditation; it is a useful stepping stone to developing a fully accredited environmental standard such as ISO 14001. In addition government departments, public authorities, multinationals and national organisations are increasingly asking their suppliers to confirm their environmental credentials. The minimum requirement is an accredited corporate environmental statement. Quite often there is a request for evidence of formal environment management, such as ISO 14001 or EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).

There are consistent evaluation criteria designed to make it more transparent for applicants and evaluators. The criteria clearly show what applicants are required to provide and gives best practice guidance for those who may not have all the requirements yet. Using this new document you will be able to track your own performance from year to year and you will be able to demonstrate where continuous improvement has been made.

Following evaluation an applicant will be notified if they have passed or failed: all pass marks will be benchmarked according to turnover and size. If an organisation has failed they will be told why and given guidance about how it can be improved for future submissions.

What areas does the Environmental Certificate cover?

An applicant is required to provide as much of the following information as possible, with supporting documentation if appropriate, in electronic format:

  • Company Information
  • Details of the Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Copy of the formal Environment Policy
  • List who has responsibility for environmental policy in the organisation: both at board level and operationally
  • Significant Environmental Impact - identifying the environmental impacts of your organisation those that can be controlled and those that cannot be
  • Training and Awareness
  • Supply Chain Management - steps being taken to reduce environmental impact of its purchasing activity whether for resale or for use internally.

What do you do next?

If you are interested in achieving the BOSS Environment Certificate, please email [email protected] for more information.

The BOSS-EC is awarded annually and the following is the process that is used:

  • End of November deadline for submissions
  • December - early January: Evaluation of submissions undertaken
  • January meeting of Environment Committee: Awards made


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