Benefits of Eco-Management Systems

Benefits of Eco-Management Systems

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This page provides a summary of the benefits of introducing an environmental management system, and provides links to many other environmentally oriented pages.


The benefits of an effective environmental management system can be realised in :-

BENEFITS:

Cost Savings
Customer Requirements
Corporate Image
Legislation
Investment
Insurance
Marketing Opportunities

Cost Savings

Successful environmental management will evaluate all opportunities for cost savings, the most common benefits derive from a review of resource/ energy utilisation and its efficiency, forcing full consideration of alternative energy sources and their cost effectiveness. The other primary element will be minimisation of waste and result and cost of disposal.

Customer Requirements

Many companies have addressed the management system for customer requirements related to quality and ISO9000. The range and diversity of customer needs and expectations is constantly growing with many customers increasing preference for use of suppliers and sub-contractors who can demonstrate that they are good environmental citizens. No customer would want to risk a tarnished reputation (or non-compliance to legislation) from the poor environmental performance of their suppliers and sub-contractors. The safest option for the customer is to use suppliers and sub-contractors who can demonstrate their positive environmental performance.

Corporate Image

The ability to demonstrate a responsible environmental attitude can dramatically improve the image of the corporation fostering better relations with the company’s stake holders. Even more importantly, adverse publicity about the organisations environmental performance is always highly damaging.

Legislation

The scope and severity of environmental legislation is ever increasing. A management system that ensures recognition of the requirements and compliance with them will ensure that fines are avoided and staff are not imprisoned in addition to avoidance of the publicity that inevitably follows an environmental prosecution.

Investment

The investors are increasingly moving to green portfolio’s, and it is interesting that the financial performance of these portfolio’s has been good in comparison to more traditional investment. In seeking additional investment for the organisation it is sensible to ensure the widest scope and this is only aided by a demonstrably sound environmental performance.

Insurance

Insurance companies are fully aware of the risk to their policies from poor environmental performance of the insured. Companies with a sound and effective environmental management system are able to demonstrate that they pose less risk to the insurance company and creates a negotiating tool for lower premiums. Some insurance companies now require an environmental audit of the company prior to agreeing cover.

Marketing Opportunities

All companies seeking growth obviously want their product and services attractive to a widest possible market. Poor environmental performance will encourage many potential customers to decide not to buy from the company, good environmental performance will ensure continuation of the widest possible market.

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