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1. Environmental and social statement policy
1.1 Policy number: CO-O-070.2
1.2 Category: Organisational
1.3 Approval date: September 2023
1.4 Revision due: September 2026
1.5 Unit responsible: People and Performance
2. Policy declaration
The RACGP’s purpose is to ensure a strong GP profession that keeps Australia healthy, and the College has been granted charitable status on the basis that we are primarily concerned with promoting healthcare throughout Australia.
We recognise the importance of addressing sustainability challenges and strive to contribute positively to environmental, social and governance matters that impact the health and wellbeing of our stakeholders and broader communities. As such, we are committed to embedding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations into our governance, operations, culture and decision-making processes.
This ESG policy outlines our guiding principles and the material Environmental, Social and Governance factors that the RACGP is committed to and considers relevant in its business.
This Policy applies to all our employees and contractors of the RACGP, the Board and Committee members.
The following principles guide the evolution of the RACGP’s approach to ESG. The RACGP will progressively review and introduce appropriate programs and initiatives to strengthen the way we apply ESG considerations in our business.
6. Material Factors
Members, employees and contractors of the RACGP are encouraged to take into consideration the following key ESG factors impacting on business matters:
7. Collaboration and Partnerships
The RACGP recognises the importance of collaboration and partnerships to drive broader ESG initiatives. We increasingly incorporate ESG into our decision-making processes regarding all partnerships. We actively collaborate with other organisations, industry associations, and government bodies to share best practices, participate in industry-wide initiatives, and advocate for policy changes that promote sustainability and responsible business practices.
8. Related Policies
The Financial Audit & Risk Management (FARM) Committee will review this policy at least once in every three years from the last approval date, or when there is a significant change in the intent of the policy and recommend any changes to Board for endorsement.
Responsible for approval of policy and amendments.
Responsible for approval of annual reporting on sustainability..
Responsible for recommendation of policy and amendments to the Board.
Responsible for Minor Amendments.
Chief, People/Operating Officer
Responsible for Minor Amendments.
Responsible for leading ESG.
Environmental, Social and Governance
An amendment to style, to correct grammatical mistakes, to change overall formatting, to make updates which do not materially change meaning, or any other amendment, which in the opinion of the Chief People/Operating Officer, does not materially alter the operation of the policy.