Environmental Policy

Syrian Community Oxfordshire ( SYRCOX) recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impacts and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our charity strategy and operating methods.

SYRCOX acknowledges the connection between the climate and other environmental crises and the threat of current and future homelessness, disease, food and water shortages and poverty for millions of people around the world, as well as the major damage being caused to our natural eco-systems.

It, therefore, recognises its responsibility to reduce its carbon and environmental footprints and formally commits itself to be an environmentally responsible charity.

To take this forward it commits to the following actions:


  1. SYRCOX mandates its directors to take executive responsibility for taking forward and implementing this commitment.

We aim to make progress and endeavour to:

● Comply with all relevant regulatory requirements.
● Continually improve and monitor environmental performance.
● Continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.
● Incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.
● Increase employee awareness and training.

  1. Progress on the improvement of SYRCOX’s environmental performance will be a standard item at senior management meetings.
  2. All staff contracts will include a clause stating that staff will be expected to help SYRCOX in carrying out its aim of being an environmentally responsible organisation, in how they carry out their day-to-day duties.
  3. Induction procedures for new staff will include information on the charity’s environmental practices.
  4. SYRCOX will ask all our current and future suppliers for their environmental policies and for evidence of implementation of such policies and indicate that such performance will be used as criteria for supplier selection.
  5. SYRCOX will seek to have relevant environmental clauses included in any future contracts agreed with outside bodies.
  6. SYRCOX will include environmental responsibility training in any future staff training programmes, especially for those involved in providing advice to vulnerable clients.
  7. SYRCOX will observe existing environmental legislation as a minimum standard and seek to out-perform current legislative requirements where practical.
  8. SYRCOX will develop and maintain a sustainable transport policy for their staff, seeking to reduce unnecessary travel and making the transport that is necessary as sustainable as possible and will monitor progress annually.

Review – This environmental policy shall be reviewed annually upon its adoption.

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