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Glossary

We want to make Corporate Sustainability (CS) as easy to understand as possible. We recognise that CS documents often include a lot of jargon.

Here’s a quick glossary of some commonly-used terms that you might find on our website and other CS resources:

A

AIR

Accident Incident Rate measured by number of accidents per 100,000 staff or contractors

B

Building Research Establishment (BRE) Environmental Assessment Method

BS OHSAS 18001

The requirements for health and safety management systems

C

Carbon Critical Design

Accounting for carbon at the outset of the design process for any project in any discipline, with a view to minimising its impact

CDP

Formerly know as Carbon Disclosure Project – An independent not-for-profit organisation holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world; Atkins discloses information to the CDP annually

Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Awards Scheme

CIC

Construction Industry Council

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

CRM

Client Relationship Management

Construction Skills Certification Scheme

D

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

E

The UK regulatory authority for environmental legislation, pollution and incidents

H

HSE

Health and Safety Executive – the UK regulatory authority for health and safety legislation and incidents

I

ICE

Institution of Civil Engineers

ISO 9001

International standard for quality management systems

ISO 14001

International standard for environmental management systems

ISO 14064

International standard for quantifying and reporting greenhouse gas emissions

ISO 18001

International Standard for Safety Management Systems

Institution of Structural Engineers

L

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

M

Management System

A systematic approach to documenting, controlling and improving the organisation’s impacts, risks and objectives

Q

QSSE

Quality, Safety, Security and Environment

R

RAG

Red, Amber and Green

Renewable Energy

Energy supplies from resources that are not depleted during generation, such as: solar, wind, geo-thermal and water power. Non renewable energy consumes resources, such as: coal, oil and gas during generation.

S

Sustainability

Meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the needs of future generations from an economic, social and environmental perspective

U

ULDs

University Liaison Directors

V

Viewpoint

Atkins’ annual employee engagement survey