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ENVIRONMENT

BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION is committed to the protection of the environment and to the reduction of environmental impacts stemming from its business activities to as low a level as is reasonably practicable. The company will promote policies and operating procedures that conserve resources and minimise the environmental impact of its business activities. BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION aims to use energy, water and other natural resources and raw materials effectively, and prevent pollution by controlling its emissions, discharges and wastes, and disposing of or recycling materials in an environmentally friendly manner.

BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION will identify areas of possible environmental risk, and will identify potential significant environmental impacts for each major project, product and service through environmental impact assessments. As most projects undertaken by the company’s operations are on a contract basis for clients, accountability for the environmental impact of these operations rests with the client. For projects that have environmental consequences, BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION will assist in developing and implementing environmental management systems and plans to eliminate or minimise environmental impacts at the request of and on behalf of the contracting client.

BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION encourages its operations to obtain ISO 14001 certification and to comply with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations, construction industry codes of practice and other best practice environmental standards.

BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION will consult and communicate with employees, contractors and clients on environmental issues to clearly define responsibilities and accountabilities. The company will encourage a culture of environmental awareness and care amongst its employees, contractors and clients through negotiated key performance areas, information, training and supervision to limit the environmental impact of the company and its clients.

BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION will undertake appropriate rehabilitation of the environment at the request of the contracting client. Where BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION acts on its own behalf and these activities have a negative impact, the company will set aside adequate funds and resources for environmental rehabilitation. In all instances of an environmental incident, BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION undertakes to take timeous steps to limit the damage caused, clean up and rehabilitate the environment.

BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION will strive to continually identify ways to improve on its environmental performance through an on-going programme of review and corrective action and undertakes to provide the necessary resources and management support to achieve this goal.

BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION supports green procurement and encourages its operations to give preference to sub-contractors and suppliers that adopt environmentally responsible practices.

“BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION recognises that an on-going investment in talent development, skills, training and employee up-liftment is crucial to address the shortage of skills within the industry.”