The Society for the Environment was established by Royal Charter in September 2004 and amended in February 2019. The object for which the Society constituted is to register environmental professionals and to promote the advancement of, the dissemination of, knowledge of, and education in good environmental practice for the public benefit.
The word “Chartered” is important. Royal Charters are granted to professional institutions only if they can demonstrate high levels of professional skill and experience among their members, and have long been recognised as a hallmark of professionalism in the UK. The Society for the Environment is able to license professional institutions to assess their members for the award of Chartered Environmentalist status, disseminating these high-level skills across the many sectors.