We all realise that there is a finite amount of resources within the world. We also realise that many types of businesses can have an impact upon their surrounding environment and the larger environment. Think of where paper comes from!
There is a growing movement of businesses going ‘green’ and being seen as sustainable businesses. I believe it won’t be long before there is stronger government legislation that drive businesses towards a more sustainable business ethos across the world as a whole.
There are many ways businesses, small and big, can make a positive contribution towards environmental management. A clear Environmental Policy that is communicated to the workforce and adhered to is a good start. Workforce awareness is vital, as is their commitment towards the business’s environmental vision.
Involving all the workforce can make all the difference. Using their knowledge, ideas and initiatives will gain their commitment as they will see that they are part of the solution.
But how to go about it? What are the first steps?
It’s very straight forward:
1. Develop your Environmental Policy – review where you are today and where you want to be
2. Poll your workforce for environmental initiatives and solutions
3. Document processes and procedures around those initiatives and solutions
4. Implement and monitor the process and procedures
5. Continuously review and revise your environmental commitment
What are the benefits of your commitment to an Environmental Management System?
There are many benefits that you can gain from implementing an Environmental Management System. Here are some:
Reduced waste and an increase in efficiency;
Lower operational costs;
Improved levels of compliance with environmental legislation;
Increased access to new customers and business partners;
Competitive advantage over competitors;
Access to new markets;
Reduced likelihood of fines or prosecutions.
If you want an internationally recognised environmental management system, then ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System is perfect.
The purpose of this International Standard is to provide businesses with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs. It specifies requirements that enable a business to achieve the intended outcomes it sets for its environmental management system.
A systematic approach to environmental management can provide top management with information to build success over the long term and create options for contributing to sustainable development by:
Protecting the environment by preventing or mitigating adverse environmental impacts;
Mitigating the potential adverse effect of environmental conditions on the business;
Assisting the business in the fulfillment of compliance obligations;
Enhancing environmental performance;
Controlling or influencing the way the business's products and services are designed, manufactured, distributed, consumed and disposed by using a life cycle perspective that can prevent environmental impacts from being unintentionally shifted elsewhere within the life cycle;
Achieving financial and operational benefits that can result from implementing environmentally sound alternatives that strengthen the business's market position;
Communicating environmental information to relevant interested parties.
Some of the key benefits of implementing ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System are:
Improvement in your image and credibility;
Help you comply with legal requirements;
Improved cost control;
Higher rate of success when implementing changes;
Enable quicker improvement of processes;
Reduction in workforce turnover.
Every business needs to begin to address its impact upon its local and international environment. Little changes can lead to big outcomes!
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