In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Amnesty International UK's website for the organisations environmental policy.
An Environmental Policy Statement dated February 2017 was viewed. It stated "We are committed to minimising the impact of our activities on the environment. This statement covers activities at our premises and events... These commitments will be demonstrated through the introduction of suitable policies, practices and programmes. Environmental performance will be reported in our annual Accountability Review."
The statement included provisions covering management, training and awareness, legislation and reporting.
It also included the following provisions
- Require suppliers to provide goods and services with the minimum adverse environmental impact
- Ensure that goods and materials purchased comply fully with UK government and EU legislation and recognised environmental best practice
2. Utilities and natural resources
- Make efficient and environmentally responsible use of energy, water and other natural resources
- Minimise waste by ensuring all operations are as efficient as possible
- Actively promote re-use and recycling, both internally and with suppliers
- The use of cars for single occupant journeys is discouraged; staff will be encouraged to use public transport, cycle and walk to work
- This will be supported through the provision of season ticket and bike loans to all staff
- Air travel will be used only where there is no alternative viable option
Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust, according to the Charity Commision, had an income of £16m. It therefore expected by Ethical Consumer to have an environmental policy which included environmental targets and was independently verified. Due to the fact it did not meet these requirements it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Environmental Reporting.
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/environmental-policy-statement (24 August 2018)