Environmental Policy

Context and Objectives

Realising that the world’s natural resources are limited and fragile, GOPA considers en­vironmental protection to be an important component of its corporate responsibility and consistent with its overall goals and values. We are committed to providing quality services in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our em­ployees while minimizing potential harmful environmental impacts.

Protecting the natural systems upon which all life depends, lifting people out of pov­erty and advancing economic development are among the greatest challenges con­fronting humanity. These three pillars of sustainable development are central to our work, to the UN Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 and to the UN Sustainable Development Goals formulated for post 2015 development. We recognise that preventing environmental degradation is essential to alleviating poverty and en­suring sustainable development. GOPA acknowledges that a healthy environment benefits every­one. With this in mind, our commitment to environmental stewardship will be a long-term one.

Basic Principles

We will:

  • integrate the consideration of environmental concerns and impacts into all of our decision making and activities;

  • promote environmental awareness among our employees by training, sensitizing and informing them about environmental issues and encourage them to work in an environmentally responsible manner;

  • promote responsible and efficient use of office materials and resources through­out our facilities including paper, water, electricity, and other re­sources - particularly those that are non-renewable. We will also give prefer­ence to renewable over non-renewable energy sources when feasible;

  • reduce, and where possible, eliminate waste to conserve natural resources. This will be done - inter alia - by promoting recycling and by purchasing recy­cled, recyclable or re-furbished products and materials where these alterna­tives are available, economical and suitable;

  • handle and dispose of all waste through safe and responsible methods (includ­ing waste separation and recycling);

  • reduce business trips by using video conferences, and internet conferences etc.;

  • aspire for carbon neutrality in the long term by budgeting and reimbursing carbon off-sets where possible;

  • purchase and use energy saving appliances (LCD screens with the ‘Energy Star’, CFLs, intelligent heating control systems, etc.);

  • regularly communicate our environmental programme to our clients, custom­ers and the public and encourage them to support it;

  • minimise the environmental risks to our employees and the countries where we operate and provide a safe and healthful workplace;

  • be environmentally responsible wherever we operate and act promptly and re­sponsibly to correct incidents or conditions that endanger health, safety, or the environment.

Implementation and Coordination

It is essential that employees are involved and understand the implementation of this environmental policy. Every employee receives a copy of this policy and is regu­larly informed about our company’s efforts to improve our environmental perform­ance. Employees at all levels of the company are involved in supporting our goals.

GOPA will operate in compliance with all relevant German federal, state and munici­pal environmental legislation and the relevant legislation in place in the countries where it carries out its services. In doing so, GOPA will continue self-monitoring according to the Environmental management ECOPROFIT award to ensure compliance and continual improvement of our policy. As part of our internal quality management system, we will conduct regular audits and self-as­sessments of GOPA’s compliance with this policy, measuring progress and reporting regularly to the company’s executive management.

May 2015