Day: 1 March 2004
Expanding on the environment makes business sense for SMEs
As the European Commission’s enterprise directorate recommends that EU governments should boost small businesses’ uptake of environmental management systems, Richard J Martin, project manager for the NetRegs website, examines the commercial benefits of implementing one.
ISO 14001 Success Across Thales UK
by Chris Hope, Russell Hobbs and Michael Evans
October 2nd 2003, saw the completion of Thales' ambitious programme of ISO 14001 implementation across 26 operating companies in the UK, in only 18 months. The programme followed a 21-staged route map, incorporated a number of key strategies and provided considerable cost-savings across the group. The success of this programme had been highly dependent on forming key partnerships between operating companies, certification bodies, training providers, and consultants.
Greening business: EMS and the 21st century company
The greening of business ranks high on the list of corporate responsibilities in the 21st century - the global environmental technology and services sector is now worth more than £300 billion. Most people agree with the concept of environmental management. Companies that operate EMS make better use of resources and usually find it easier to comply with local and international regulations and laws. Systematic structure, planning and internal auditing allows for better monitoring and measuring. And companies who can prove they are being environmentally responsible are increasingly attractive to investors, particularly since the creation of the Dow Jones and FTSE sustainability indices.
The Future of Environmental Management Systems, by Tony Inskip
Between August 2005 and July 2006 two pieces of legislation, the WEEE and RoHS directives will come into effect. The directives are part of Government measures to reduce the impact the UK manufacturing industry has on the environment. Tony Inskip, Director of UK contract manufacturing company, Zirkon Limited, talks about how businesses and customers should be preparing for the effects of the legislation through implementation of EMS.
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