Mocha Sustainable Development Policy

This policy for Sustainable Development within Mocha has been agreed and approved by the

Company Directors. It applies to all operations of Mocha Productions Ltd, its functions,

management and staff, and is consistent with the UK Strategy for Sustainable Development.

Mocha’s Green Officer, Phil Halpin, takes overall responsibility. All management activity, including

overseeing progress towards targets, is delegated to a Sustainable Development Team comprising

Company Director Phil Halpin and Commercial Manager Kate WIlson

Recognising an SME’s Sustainable Development Responsibilities:

SME’s have become the fastest growing business sector in the UK business community and

comprise 99.8% of its 3.7 million businesses.

They account for 58% of UK employment and 38% of GDP (Smith and Kemp 1998).

Their number is also set to increase substantially in the future due to:

· More flexible production methods

· The reorganisation, downsizing and outsourcing by large firms

· An increase in franchising and self-employment

Whilst, individually, they usually have far less environmental impacts than larger companies,

collectively they have a very substantial environmental impact. Addressing environmental

management issues in SME’s has proven to be difficult for a number of reasons and the

approaches used by stakeholders, such as regulators, to address these issues in larger companies

are not appropriate. Their failure to adequately address their environmental performance means

that they have come under increasing scrutiny from regulators and other external agencies.

There are a number of generic characteristics of SME’s that limit their capacity to deal with

environmental management issues. These often include:

· Widespread ignorance of the environmental impacts that they cause and the

legislation that governs them,

· Oblivious to the importance of sustainability,

· Cynicism of the benefits of self-regulation and environmental management tools,

· Lack of access to expertise and information,

· Lack of access to credit and capital,

· Difficulty in reaching, mobilising or engaging in any context related to environmental

performance improvement,

· Lack of dialogue with regulators and difficulties in managing consistent legislative


Any method of raising awareness and encourage them to improve their environmental performance

must not only take into account these limitations, but must also be proportionate to the complexity

and size of their operations (SME’s and the Environment 2000).

All information from: Hillary, R (Ed) (2000) “Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and the

Environment”, Greenleaf Publishing; London.

As an SME, Mocha acknowledge its previous ignorance to the environmental impacts of its

operations and resolve to fully abide by the following policy consistent with the UK Strategy for

Sustainable Development.

Mocha supports and actively contributes to the UK Strategy for Sustainable Development,

which has four main aims:

• social progress which recognises the needs of everyone

• effective protection of the environment

• prudent use of natural resources

• maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment

Mocha will promote and monitor continual improvement by:

• undertaking full environmental appraisals where particularly significant impacts are


• including issues of sustainable development on regular Board Meeting agendas

• openly communicating progress on environmental issues to staff

• responding appropriately to requests for information externally

• ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and codes of practice

• reviewing this Sustainable Development Policy regularly and encouraging its

suppliers to comply

• integrating sustainable development into procurement activity

• establishing continual improvement targets, against which performance can be measured

and monitored

• educating and motivating staff and contractors to operate in an environmentally

responsible manner and to conserve resources wherever practicable

• Company Directors being personally involved in activities to promote sustainable

development within the organisation (reviewing effectiveness of policies, participating in

events and giving recognition to individuals involved with sustainable development


• ensuring that employees are aware of sustainable development issues and that they are

provided with opportunities to develop the competencies and capabilities to meet the

future needs of the organisation and its stakeholders

• monitoring and reporting on our social impact on the community.

Mocha aims to address and improve its environmental performance by:

• conserving energy, water, paper and other resources, whilst providing a comfortable

working environment

• increasing energy efficiency of the office building

• introducing Environmental Management Systems company-wide

• specifying energy, and other products from sustainable sources, and using refurbished

and recycled products and materials where available

• reducing waste through reduction, re-use and recycling; reducing the waste going to


• reducing water consumption

• reducing business and commuter travel

• ensuring that Mocha office buildings are designed, constructed, refurbished and operated

to improve their environmental performance

• benchmarking performance to measure efficiency against recognised best in industry



– Policy Issue Date: 01.03.19

Next Policy Review Date: 01.03.20

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