Environmental protection and sustainable development have become key factors for various stakeholders such as customers, suppliers and the public. It has become increasingly important to give importance to such issues and challenges and to demonstrate a commitment to the environment. Implementing an environmental management system can help you meet this challenge in several important ways.
Effective implementation of these management systems would to firstly protection of environment plus if the organizations acquire it, they would be able to play their role in protecting the environment from further damage. They help reduce an organization’s impact on the environment while improving operating efficiency.
There are certain advantages a company could reap by implying such systems, these advantages are:-
- Most advantages of environmental management systems stem from savings your business can make, increased profitability and better sales opportunities.
- Better regulatory compliance — running an EMS will help ensure your environmental legal responsibilities are met and more easily managed on a day-to-day basis.
- More effective use of resources — you will have policies and procedures in place that help you manage waste and resources more effectively and reduce costs.
- Marketing — you can highlight your business’ credentials and image as an environmentally aware operation that has made a commitment to continual environmental improvement through advertising or annual reporting.
- Finance — you may find it easier to raise investment from banks and other financial institutions, which are increasingly keen to see businesses controlling their environmental impact and are functioning to protect the environment.
- Increased sales opportunities — large businesses and government departments may only deal with businesses that have EMS.
- Lighter regulation — even if an EMS is not a regulatory requirement, by showing your commitment to environmental management, you may benefit through less frequent site visits or reduced fees from environmental regulators.
- Certification to recognized standards — gaining an external certification of your EMS through ISO 14001, BS 8555 or EMAS can give your business credibility with customers and stakeholders.
The goals of these management systems are to increase compliance and reduce waste. Compliance is the act of reaching and maintaining minimal legal standards. By not being compliant, companies may face fines, government intervention or may not be able to operate. Waste reduction goes beyond compliance to reduce environmental impact.
According to the United Nation’s sustainable development goal, these compliances are must adopt to develop without compromising on the environment and to leave behind a healthy and sustained surrounding for our future generations.