There are three Investors in the Environment (iiE) accreditation levels that your organisation can work towards. This means that there is a suitable level for every company wishing to go green – from taking the first steps towards environmental improvement through to becoming a truly sustainable business.

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

Environment 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 annual 2+% reduction in resource use for gas, electricity and water has been achieved from baseline figures.**
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 additional essential actions
Action plan in place
Calculate carbon footprint and set targets to reduce
Undertake 3 additional essential actions
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 - AccreditationOnline self-audit, 5% spot checksOnline self-audit, 5% spot checksOnsite 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 annual 2+% reduction in resource use for gas, electricity and water has been achieved from baseline figures.**
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 additional essential actions
Step 5 – Monitor and report progress
  • Review progress towards targets
  • Present progress to senior management and staff.


Present progress biannually
Step 6 - AccreditationOnsite 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 additional essential actions
Step 5 – Monitor and report progress
  • Review progress towards targets
  • Present progress to senior management and staff.


Present progress annually
Step 6 - AccreditationOnline self-audit, 5% spot checks

 
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 - AccreditationOnline self-audit, 5% spot checks
Essential actionsCriteria
Use recycled or FSC certified paperEvidence of certification on paper and/or bills
Environmentally friendly cleaning productsEvidence of environmental cleaning products
Source Fair Trade and/or organic productsEvidence of Fair Trade / organic products
Volunteering days for staff environmental projectsPolicy/procedure document
Adapting to climate change policy in placePolicy document
CSR policy in placePolicy document
Participate in the Zero Waste WeekEvidence of participation - photos, e-mails, waste minimisation data, etc
Sustainable purchasing policy Policy document

If you are undertaking an initiative we haven’t listed please contact us, subject to approval we will be happy to add it to the list.

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

**Baseline resource use figures can be from the 12 months prior to joining the scheme so long as adequate records are available. Businesses that can demonstrate they have done everything possible to generate savings will not have to meet 2% annual reduction targets.