In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed RSPB's shop website and RSPB's main website for its environmental report.
The following document was downloaded: RSPB Ethical and Environmental Procurement Policy. It contained provisions on the following: packaging, waste, energy, timber and wood, paper, PVC and peat-free. Its website also contained details about its activities regarding water, food, recycling and energy at each of its sites.
The document also contained its environmental policy which stated the following "Our main environmental impacts arise from: greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and travel;waste generation; water use; and the use of non-renewable resources. To minimise our impacts on the environment, we have set ourselves the following objectives:
• Advocate sustainability and, through our example and achievements, inspire and encourage others.
• Develop and implement environmental action plans to minimise our impacts, and set appropriate targets to achieve continuous improvement.
• Annually review our environmental performance.
• Raise awareness of environmental issues among staff and encourage them to observe best practice.
• Incorporate environmental responsibilities into job descriptions, staff training and appraisals.
• Select and work with corporate partners and suppliers towards achieving compliance with this policy.
• Promote the value of sustainability to our members and supporters.
• Manage RSPB investments in a manner that supports the principles of socially responsible investing (SRI)."
While RSPB demostrated a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts it did not include any environmental targets. The organisation had a turnover of above £10.2m therefore it was expected to provide a more detailed environmental report. Without the environmental targets it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for environmental reporting.
RSPB Ethical and Environmental Procurement Policy (15 August 2018)