Environmental Sustainability Policy

 

Introduction

Presidian Legal Publications (Presidian) is committed to environmental sustainability in its business operations. This policy provides a framework for implementation of responsible environmental management practices within our organisation.

Our environmental footprint

Presidian is a small-to-medium enterprise (SME) law publisher with a single office in Australia. The legal information resources that we publish comprise of subscription services (in loose-leaf and online formats) and compliance training courses (in online and webinar formats with paper handbooks).

All activities that we engage in generally fall within one of three categories:

  1. office operations – to operate and administer our office and workforce;
  2. front and back-office functions – core activities essential for the provision of our goods and services (eg customer services, marketing, sales, billing, accounting);
  3. production activities – to produce our legal information resources (eg printing of publications in paper format and creation of digital resources).

We do not maintain vehicle fleets, operate factories or engage in intensive usage of resources.

With our activities being limited to the above three categories, our environmental footprint is relatively small.

In order to incorporate environmental sustainability into our business, we identify and monitor the key areas of our operations which result in environmental impacts and design control measures to reduce our environmental footprint.

Environmental sustainability measures

Systems and procedures are required to be developed and implemented in all divisions of our organisation to ensure the following to the greatest extent possible:

  • our environmental footprint is minimised and environmental sustainability is maximised;
  • consumption of natural resources (including energy, water and paper) is minimised and efficiency in their use is maximised;
  • renewable energy sources are maximised;
  • greenhouse gas emissions are minimised (including from transport) and, wherever possible, carbon emissions are offset (eg when purchasing air travel tickets);
  • use of ozone depleting substances is minimised;
  • resource selection prioritises pollution minimisation;
  • sustainability (including product life longevity) is prioritised in selection of products and materials (including office equipment and consumables);
  • use of recycled and recyclable materials is maximised;
  • the waste hierarchy of “avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle” is applied;
  • waste going to landfill (including computer equipment) is minimised;
  • waste is disposed of in the most environmentally responsible manner (eg recycling);
  • potential new suppliers undergo evaluation for environmental sustainability in procurement processes and those assessed as being at high risk of having a large environmental footprint (such as printers) are to undergo further evaluation to ensure they have in place appropriate environmental management policies;
  • use of digital communications (eg video calls, voice calls and email) is maximised to reduce unnecessary staff displacement and transport (eg taxis, cars and flights);
  • the cost of environmental externalities is incorporated into decision making;
  • ongoing review and assessment of environmental performance to continually improve our environmental footprint;
  • customers are instructed in loose-leaf filing instructions to recycle pages removed from loose-leaf folders in service updates;
  • staff awareness of environmental sustainability as a core business value.

Policy review

This policy is to be reviewed at the end of each calendar year:

  • to ensure it remains current and up-to-date with business operations; and
  • to make any additions or changes required to improve our environmental footprint as identified by ongoing environmental performance assessments.

 

Policy date: 1 February 2022.