Sustainability

Delivering innovative environmental solutions that support our clients in achieving their sustainability goals.

VLS Cares

"Committed to Accessible Resources & Equitable Sustainability"

VLS Cares was created from our commitment to Sustainability and born from our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) pledge. The program will promote everything we do everyday to support the environment, the communities that we work in, and the teammates that we work with.

Three committees were created to tackle one of the pillars of sustainability. Our committees represent all – race, religion, age, sex, gender, disability, culture, etc.

People Committee

Without our employees, we do not have a business. The People Committee is focused on creating, maintaining, and expanding employee programs and resources.

Everyone deserves a workplace that is safe, healthy, and free from discrimination.

Environment Committee

Companies have always had an environmental impact, and it wasn’t until more recently that companies started doing something about it. The real trailblazing companies are those that not afraid to be the leaders in sustainable development, reducing their carbon footprints, and zero-waste initiatives.

Community Committee

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A sustainable business should have the support and approval of the community it operates in. Community involvement is a fantastic opportunity to share our mission, promote our services, and communicate our values. These external engagements promote partnership, build trusting relationships, and can truly make an impact for those that need it.

Click below to download the 2021 VLS Environmental, Social and Governance report.

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2021 Highlights

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Our Sustainability Commitment

VLS Environmental Services strives to make tomorrow better by what we do today to continuously improve our environmental, social and governance performance.

As a leader in environmental services, VLS advances the sustainability goals of our clients and industry as we grow our company. Effective, proactive environmental management and compliance is critical to our operations. VLS is committed to protecting the environment by complying with all laws and regulations where we operate and minimizing our operational impacts, while making the safety of everyone working at our facilities our first consideration.

We adhere to high ethics, environmental and safety standards to continuously earn the support of the communities where we operate, work constructively with governmental agencies, build loyalty among our employees, and limit injury, waste, and business liability and risk. Through our work and relationships, we seek to exceed our clients’ expectations and achieve excellence.

Environmental Sustainability

We are committed to protecting the environment through compliance with laws and regulations.

We will conduct our operations responsibly and efficiently to minimize the effects of our operations on the environment.

We will maintain an environmentally safe workplace by training our workforce, preventing pollution, minimizing waste, promoting sustainability products and practices with our workforce and contractors, and demonstrating industry leadership

Social Performance

Employee health and safety is to be the first consideration in operating our business.

We take action to prevent injuries and incidents, including eliminating foreseeable hazards, providing training in safety essentials and other procedures and adhering to our EHS management system and policies.

We recognize that we need engaged employees to collaborate and innovate to grow our business. We work every day to diversify our workforce, create an inclusive work environment and promote a family atmosphere.

VLS cares about our communities and gives back through volunteerism and corporate contributions, primarily to organizations dedicated to community support, animal welfare, health care and children and families.

Governance Practices

Integrity is a core value at VLS. We engage in open, honest and fair dialogue; hold ourselves and others accountable; and listen with the intent to learn.

Compliance is foundational to our ability to deliver environmental solutions in a safe, clean and reliable way.

Message from John Magee, President and CEO

Our expanded geographical presence and addition of processing capabilities have expanded our sphere of sustainability impact, helping us serve more clients, more industries, and solve a wider variety of environmental problems with our innovative solutions.

We have integrated sustainability into our new Mission statement and remain committed as ever to our ESG focus areas.

Our Mission

In fulfilling this commitment, we aim to abide by the following principles in recognition of our responsibilities toward sound environmental practices:

  1. Continuously improve environmental performance through appropriate policies, procedures, training, and recognition of excellence.
  2. Implement effective pollution prevention and waste minimization programs to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials.
  3. Emphasize pollution prevention, environmentally preferred products, and sustainable business practices with our managers, contractors, and suppliers.
  4. Serve as a role model and provide leadership for other organizations.

Management will continue to be guided and motivated by this policy, and with the cooperation of all employees, will do our part to help provide and maintain an environmentally safe workplace.

2020 Highlights

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Learn More About Our Sustainable Solutions

VLS helps our clients meet their zero-waste targets and sustainability requirements.