Environmental Impact Audit – British Ecological Society

Services provided:  Environmental Impact Audit

The challenge

The British Ecological Society (BES), established in 1913, is the oldest ecological society in the world. The BES has been fostering the science of ecology ever since, with a current membership of 6,000 based around the world. BES brings people together across regional, national and global scales to advance ecological science and its membership is open to anyone, anywhere.

BES has a small London headquarters and staff complement, but its membership is large so BES engages with its members through a range of informative publications and regular events, from seminars and workshops to an annual conference, not always held in the UK. Whilst not a legal requirement, BES had no environmental management system (EMS) and nothing in place to enable it to monitor its environmental impacts or ways of managing these.


The solution

The BES appointed The Green Consultancy (a division of JRP Solutions) to carry out an environmental audit of BES’ operational set-up and activities.  We focused on its approach to holding membership events and procurement, especially how it produces hard-copy publications.  We established BES’ GHG emissions system boundary, examined credible off-setting approaches and reviewed its governance set-up, policies and the procedures and processes in place to implement these, carrying out a gap analysis to determine where improvements could be made.



We provided BES with a tailored environmental performance reporting process and basic Environmental Management System (EMS), recommendations for improving corporate environmental performance and a sustainable events ‘checklist’ and draft Environment Policy.


Carol (JRP Sustainability Consultant) was great at getting to know the breadth of activities and understanding the nature of our business.  She has an extensive knowledge across a broad range of sectors required for this service but clearly expands beyond the remit of our needs at this time.” Karen Devine, Head of External Affairs


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