There are three Investors in the Environment (iiE) accreditation levels that your organisation will be working through.

The step-by-step approach within each accreditation level allows your organisation to set achievable targets and establish a pathway of continual improvement. Our role is to provide help and support for you to work through the criteria.


Once organisations have met these criteria and provided an Environmental Management System (EMS) pack with relevant evidence, it is audited to show credibility, and then businesses are awarded their accreditation.

CrJ_1_GC-Appoint

Green champion appointed

CrJ_2_Policy

Environmental Policy in place

CrJ_3_Measure

Measure your usage

CrJ_4_Target

Set targets

CrJ_6_ActionP

Create action plans

CrJ_7_RecycleP

Have a recycling system

CrJ_8_TravelP

Create a travel plan

CrJ_9_COPlan

Create a carbon footprint

CrJ_10_Comms

Communicate and engage


Here is the full criteria that our businesses go through to demonstrate their environmental credentials and performance:

 
Bronze Accreditation
Bronze
Silver Accreditation
Silver
Green Accreditation
Green
Step 1 - Environmental policy
  • Senior management commitment
  • Commitment to reducing environmental impact
  • Legal compliance
  • Identify staff champion responsible for implementing the policy

Environmental policy in place.
Environmental champion appointed
Environmental policy in place.
Environmental champion appointed
Environmental policy in place.
Environmental champion appointed
Step 2 - Measure resource use

  • Resource use must be recorded and monitored on a regular basis


Monitor gas, electric and water use.
Monitor use of 1 other resource
Readings taken at least
quarterly*

Monitor gas, electric and water use
Monitor use of 2 other resources
Readings taken at least
quarterly*
Monitor gas, electric and water use
Monitor use of 3 other resources
Actual meter readings taken
at least monthly*
Step 3 - Set targets
  • SMART targets to achieve reduction in environmental impact and increase efficiency

Targets for reduced impact identified.Targets for reduced impact identified and progress towards targets can be demonstrated.Targets for reduced impact identified and normalised 2% annual reduction in resource use for gas, electricity and water has been achieved against the previous year for at least 6 measured resources.**
Step 4 - Action Plan
  • Assign completion dates and staff responsible
  • Document actions taken and results
  • Essential actions



Action plan in place
Recycling system in place.
Action plan in place
Adopt a travel plan
Undertake 2 environmental or social projects
Action plan in place
Calculate carbon footprint and set targets to reduce
Undertake 3 environmental or social projects
Step 5 – Monitor and report progress
  • Review progress towards targets
  • Present progress to senior management and staff



Present progress annually Present progress annuallyPresent progress biannually
Step 6 - AccreditationSelf-audit followed by off site assessment by iiE support officer Self-audit followed by off site assessment by iiE support officer Full assessment and site audit
 
Green Accreditation
Green
Step 1 - Environmental policy
  • Senior management commitment
  • Commitment to reducing environmental impact
  • Legal compliance
  • Identify staff champion responsible for implementing the policy

Environmental policy in place.
Environmental champion appointed
Step 2 - Measure resource use
  • Resource use must be recorded and monitored on a regular basis

Monitor gas, electric and water use
Monitor use of 3 other resources
Actual meter readings taken
at least monthly*
Step 3 - Set targets

  • SMART targets to achieve reduction in environmental impact and increase efficiency


Targets for reduced impact identified and normalised 2% annual improvement against the previous year in resource use for at least 6 measured resources.**
Step 4 - Action Plan
  • Assign completion dates and staff responsible
  • Document actions taken and results
  • Essential actions




Action plan in place
Calculate carbon footprint and set targets to reduce
Undertake 3 environmental or social projects
Step 5 – Monitor and report progress
  • Review progress towards targets
  • Present progress to senior management and staff.


Present progress biannually
Step 6 - AccreditationFull assessment and site audit

 
Silver Accreditation
Silver
Step 1 - Environmental policy
  • Senior management commitment
  • Commitment to reducing environmental impact
  • Legal compliance
  • Identify staff champion responsible for implementing the policy

Environmental policy in place.
Environmental champion appointed
Step 2 - Measure resource use

  • Resource use must be recorded and monitored on a regular basis


Monitor gas, electric and water use
Monitor use of 2 other resources
Readings taken at least
quarterly*
Step 3 - Set targets
  • SMART targets to achieve reduction in environmental impact and increase efficiency

Targets for reduced impact identified and progress towards targets can be demonstrated.
Step 4 - Action Plan
  • Assign completion dates and staff responsible
  • Document actions taken and results
  • Essential actions



Action plan in place
Adopt a travel plan
Undertake 2 environmental or social projects
Step 5 – Monitor and report progress
  • Review progress towards targets
  • Present progress to senior management and staff.


Present progress annually
Step 6 - AccreditationSelf-audit followed by off site assessment by iiE support officer

 
Bronze Accreditation
Bronze
Step 1 - Environmental policy
  • Senior management commitment
  • Commitment to reducing environmental impact
  • Legal compliance
  • Identify staff champion responsible for implementing the policy

Environmental policy in place.
Environmental champion appointed
Step 2 - Measure resource use
  • Resource use must be recorded and monitored on a regular basis

Monitor gas, electric and water use.
Monitor use of 1 other resource
Readings taken at least
quarterly*

Step 3 - Set targets
  • SMART targets to achieve reduction in environmental impact and increase efficiency

Targets for reduced impact identified.
Step 4 - Action Plan
  • Assign completion dates and staff responsible
  • Document actions taken and results
  • Essential actions


Action plan in place
Recycling system in place.
Step 5 – Monitor and report progress
  • Review progress towards targets
  • Present progress to senior management and staff.


Present progress annually
Step 6 - AccreditationSelf-audit followed by off site assessment by iiE support officer

Examples of environmental or social projects and initiatives include activities that support resource efficiency, environmental protection, or projects that bring social value communities. These could include upgrading equipment to more efficient technology, implementing new processes or policies to support biodiversity and prevent pollution, and volunteering in the local community. iiE can support you on understanding the various essential actions you may take as a business to support your accreditation.

 


*Where actual meter readings cannot be taken a case by case solution will be found.

**Businesses that can demonstrate they have done everything possible to generate savings will not have to meet 2% annual reduction targets.