Corporate Partnership Programme

 We engage with businesses in the Wear catchment through our ‘Corporate Partnership Programme’. By raising vital funds to building awareness of our cause, Wear Rivers Trust corporate partners will play a crucial role in our work which will be mutually beneficial and highly effective, with all partners valued for their contribution and commitment regardless of size and sector



Investors in the environment

We are working with the Investors in the Environment which offers accreditation to businesses of all sizes to help them reduce their impact on the environment. The benefits of this are:

  • Recognised and achievable accreditation
  • Save money and resources
  • Promoted as a green organisation
  • Networking with other green businesses 

There are two free taster events in October at Newton Aycliffe, places can be booked through the link:

If you are interested in your organisation being accredited to the iie or just want to find out more please come along to the taster events, visit their website or contact Kirstie Hutchinson at Wear Rivers Trust.

Enforcement Undertakings

 Not all businesses operating under environmental regulations are aware that recent legislation has enabled environmental regulators to decide not to prosecute certain environmental offences, if the regulator feels able to accept ‘enforcement undertakings’ as an alternative.  The Environment Agency’s ability to accept Enforcement Undertakings was extended in 2015 to a far wider range of offences. The Environment Agency is increasingly using this method of enforcement for suitable cases to swiftly restore the environment, improve practices of the offending company and avoid longer criminal court cases. However prosecutions will still be taken, particularly in the most serious cases. 

If you are responsible for a pollution incident, the first thing that you must do is report it to the Environment Agency. The sooner this is done, the less damage is likely to occur. By acting quickly to take control of environmental non-compliance a company may be able to avoid the risk of prosecution, reputational harm, legal costs, higher penalties and raised insurance costs, while also building trust and providing environmental improvements. 

The WRT is well placed to facilitate environmental repair, tidying up aquatic, urban and brownfield habitats and restoring them to good condition and is ready to offer specialist advice and assistance to individuals and companies to ensure that the best outcomes arise from a bad situation. 


Sign up to the single use plastics pledge


Individuals, businesses and community groups are being invited to make small changes to their daily habits to reduce the use of single use plastics.  To find out more about the changes you can make and how community groups can help visit 

For further information about how your company can get involved, drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

Feel free to visit during normal business hours.

The Wear Rivers Trust Ltd

Innovation House, Longfield Rd, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DH14 6HB, GB

01388 488867


Open today

09:00 – 17:00


V3 Corporate Partnership Programme Fact Sheet (pdf)


Draft Business Plan June 19 KHPN v3 (pdf)