A new Society for the Environment (SocEnv) initiative will acknowledge progressive companies that encourage Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and/or Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) status of their employees.

Companies that truly engage in environmental practices by demonstrating a commitment to environmental standards, skills and knowledge will be recognised in the new project.

Six employer champions were named at the SocEnv annual awards and lectures event held at Kew in London this spring. The champion companies are: Anglian Water, Arup, Atkins (member of the SNC-Lavalin Group), Environment Agency, Skanska and Willmott Dixon.

Employing registered environmental professionals has multiple benefits besides displaying a solid commitment to best practice and raising standards. The SocEnv team will assist with professional registrations, give access to new networks including the Society’s Advisory Council, and provide a listing on the CEnv and/or REnvTech Employer Champion webpage(s). It gives opportunities to help shape future standards and will showcase your case studies and good practice across sectors.

SOE members can apply for Chartered Environmental (CEnv) status through the registration team, as a fast-growing contingent of dedicated professional already have.

Daniel Moir, SOE Chief Operating Officer, said: “Recognition of environmental practices is clearly becoming more important to organisations in various sectors, and this initiative is a great way of showing a commitment to employees’ professional development. We would encourage businesses to make the pledge and become an employer champion.”

To make an application, go to: socenv.org.uk/page/how-to-become-an-employer-champion