The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MAHCC) is committed every day to reducing its impact on the environment and encouraging its members and the public to do likewise. We accomplish this by conserving natural resources through reduction, reuse and recycling practices. We strive to continue over time improving our own environmental performance and, in conjunction with our members and environmental agencies and noprofit organizations, by initiating additional projects and activities that will further reduce the impact of human activity on the environment.
In general terms, the MAHCC's environmental policy comprises four major core areas:
- Advocating before our councils of government for a balanced approach to funding transportation modalities (air, rail, road and water) that reduce excessive reliance on private individual transportation, encourages car-pooling and other mass-transit alternatives, and urges the expansion and improvement of rail transport for passengers and goods;
- Encouraging the public and private sectors that are engaged in land use and development to implement practices that reduce excessive deforestation, prevents soil erosion and subverts the implementation of sound stormwater management practices;
- Urging agricultural and open-space recreational concerns to adopt management practices that conserve both surface and underground water, minimize soil erosion, reduces excessive chemical contamination (pesticides, herbicides, soil additives, etc.) of soil and water, and uses as much as possible organic alternatives to raising crops and livestock or to maintaining outdoor green spaces.
- Raising awareness about corporate responsibility towards environmental stewardship among business concerns whose operations (extraction of raw material, production processes, manufacturing byproducts and/or other practices) are known to contribute to excessive environmental pollution.
Our commitment to the environment extends to our dues-paying members; staff and contractors; leased venues where we may host activities; and, the states and communities in which we operate. We are committed to:
- Complying with all applicable local, state and federal environmental laws and regulations;
- Collaborating with local, state and federal agencies to educate our members and the general public about safe environmental practices;
- Being good stewards of and continuously striving towards improving the health and sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries;
- Preventing air, water and land pollution whenever and wherever possible;
- Training our staff, members and other stakeholders on our environmental programs and empowering them to contribute and participate;
- Communicating regularly our environmental commitment and efforts to our members, staff and contractors, leased venues where we may host activities, and the communities where we work, live and play; and,
- Continuously improving over time by periodically measuring the extent of our environmental impact and by setting goals to reduce these impacts each year.
Our commitment to environmental stewardship requires that:
We each take personal responsibility to protect the environment as we conduct our work:
- We ensure that we have the knowledge, skills, and equipment to conduct our work in a safe and environmentally responsible manner; and,
- We are aware of and use care to minimize the negative environmental consequences of our activities.
We each take personal responsibility to use resources wisely by:
- Using only what we need to accomplish our job or task and seeking every opportunity to minimize waste;
- Respectfully challenging each other to be efficient in the use of natural resources, and resting on the assurance that every effort we make to be environmentally responsible goes toward making our planet safer and healthier for all of us.
We each take personal responsibility to protect and enhance our local communities by:
- Promptly reporting all incidents and unsafe conditions to management, including safety officers where applicable;
- Encouraging proactive environmental efforts at our own workplaces and within our local communities to ensure that we exert a positive influence wherever we work and live.
Environmental stewardship is and must be an integral part of all our business practices. It is incumbent upon us and each one of our stakeholders--contractors, outside leased venues where we host activities, and dues-paying member companies--to assess our own roles and responsibilities in order to help fulfill, to the utmost of our abilities, the commitment set forth in this statement. To that extent, our current and future staff, consultants, contractors and members will be provided with an electronic or written copy of this policy statement at the beginning of their relationship with the Chamber and will receive periodic training and updates.
Finally, the President & Chief Executive Officer will report annually to the Board of Directors on the Chamber's environmental practices' progress.
Approved by the Board of Directors
July 28, 2011