VM Investments Limited (VMIL) has received Green Business Jamaica certification from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
The certification is part of VMIL’s ongoing adoption of environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.
The Green Business Jamaica programme is voluntary and gives businesses an opportunity to promote an environmentally friendly approach to the core elements of their operations and to set high standards for pollution prevention and resource conservation for other industries/businesses to follow.
VMIL was assessed based on five thematic areas:
|Environmental awareness & rraining||Activities that are focused on environmental education and social relations of staff and the wider community.|
|Waste management||Waste management practices (i.e., solids, liquids and gases) and their contribution to positive environmental change.|
|Water efficiency||Water efficiency and conservation practices and their contribution to environmental change.|
|Chemical management||Systems implemented by the organisation to manage the storage and use of chemicals and the contribution to environmental change.|
|Energy efficiency||The organisation’s energy efficiency and conservation practices and their contribution to positive environmental change.|
The Green Business Jamaica certification recognises the steps VMIL has taken to reduce its carbon footprint by implementing more environmentally sustainable practices with the company promising to “continue to work with NEPA to improve and maintain high environmental standards for a sustainable future.”
According to the VM Group investment subsidiary, “we are aware of the current trends and projections in environmental disruptions locally and globally and we want to make our contribution to reversing the negative impacts on the environment and help turn the tide towards sustainability. As such, we advanced our ESG agenda in 2021 with the adoption of our corporate social responsibility (CSR), stakeholder engagement, and environmental policies.”