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Five Star Environmental Audit

A comprehensive audit to benchmark environmental management performance against the latest best practice.

Improve operating efficiency
Eliminate waste
Demonstrate your commitment to environmental and sustainability issues
Support strategic business goals and objectives
The audit is far more practical than 14001 and can highlight issues on the actual site that may be missed on other audits. It gives a different outlook and perspective
Chris Hammond
Safety and Health Manager - CHP Operations, E-on UK
Who is it for?
The audit can be undertaken by any organisation of any size whatever stage of the environmental management journey they are on. From an initial road map for both short and long term plans for environmental performance improvement to a robust third party validation of your organisation’s current policies, processes and practices. It include recommendations aligned with best practice that allow you to continually improve.

What does it cover?
The audit goes beyond the requirements of traditional environmental management systems such as ISO 14001. The Five Star Environmental Audit aims to underpin the environmental sustainability performance of your business by examining your policies, processes and practices and recommending improvements.The audit will help you demonstrate your environmental credentials to customers, supply chain and other stakeholders, be more resource efficient and achieve cost efficiencies.

The specification has been updated to become aligned to the structure of the Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit, to include forthcoming updates to ISO 14001, environmental best practice and changes in environmental legislation practices and principals. Read more about the changes in FAQs ​​

Keith Whitehead talks about recent changes to the audit:

Useful downloads:
Five Star Environmental Audit specification
Five Star Environmental Audit summary document
Five Star Environmental Audit factsheet

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We will work in partnership with you to help you deliver environmental performance improvement.

Benefits include:
  • Monitor current and changing environmental legislation
  • Improve your performance through implementing environmental best practices
  • Improve your environmental management systems
  • Improve resource efficiency
  • Assess your current systems allowing you to action plan to meet the revised ISO14001:2015 standard
  • Demonstrate your commitment to environmental and sustainability issues
  • Meet the needs of your stakeholders
  • Demonstrate your commitment to customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and the local community
  • The exclusive certificate and logo can be used to demonstrate your success.

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The audit process involves a systematic and objective assessment of available data and information. During the audit the auditor will seek to assure and verify your environmental performance through a process of document review, interviews with relevant management and staff, and observation of environmental activities on the ground. The final report will identify any gaps and opportunities for improvement.

Scoring and grading system
The Five Star Audit is an audit conducted using the British Safety Council’s numerical safety grading system.​ The overall audit grading is as follows:

Audit report
Upon completion of the audit process, a detailed report is prepared by the auditor and will be issued within 28 days.
The report content will include:
  • Executive Summary (including graphical performance indicators)
  • Overall star grading and sectional scoring
  • Observations
  • Recommendations for Improvement
  • Action planning tables.​
Organisations that achieve the maximum five star grading are eligible to apply for the Globe of Honour, a prestigious award that recognises the ‘best of the best’ in environmental management from around the globe.

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Internationally recognised, our audit and consultancy services are the best way to ensure your safety and environmental management systems are fit for purpose and effectively implemented.

Standardisation and quality assurance
British Safety Council auditors are appropriately qualified, highly experienced health and safety professionals who are subject to a robust internal quality assurance and appraisal process, in addition to the requirements of relevant professional bodies with whom they are members.

All audit reports are technically verified and quality-endorsed before being issued to clients and auditors are also subject to “on-site” monitoring (subject to client agreement) on a sampling basis. Annual standardisation meetings are held, at which auditor attendance is mandatory.

Our expertise
Use our experts to guide you through the latest changes in standards and legislation. Our dedicated, experienced and highly competent team of consultants work around the world and across all sectors. We help identify where and how you can improve your safety and environmental management systems and performance. We assist in validating and improving policies, procedures and protocols for effective management and provide clear recommendations to continually improve your performance.​

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