The importance of environmental management systems
Environmental management is beginning to play an increasingly important role in the protection of our environment as well as public health. It has become expected for businesses to demonstrate that they are managing their organisation’s environmental impact. Most companies rely on environmental management systems to improve the performance of their organisation, reduce costs, gain new customers and improve public image.
These environmental management systems address the environmental impact of an organisation’s activities as well as helps to establish goals, processes and procedures that will improve the impact the company has on the environment and the health of the public. They also pave the way for organisations to become ISO 14001 certified.
By implementing an environmental management system, organisations can continually improve its environmental performance by adjusting processes and procedures. But these environmental management systems can also help address non-regulated issues including energy conservation as well as promote stronger operational control.
ENVIRX enables organisations to manage their risk based material environmental impacts in an integrated manner, enabling GRI G4 en standard management and reporting requirements according to the processes defined in the ISO 14001: 2015 standard. ENVIRX uses the same dynamic framework to measure, trend and report on their impact area, i.e. materials, water, energy, biodiversity, effluents and emissions amongst others.
An environmental management system should be part of a company’s overall management system and will include organisational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, processes, procedures and resources. All of these aspects assist in the development and implementation of a company’s Environmental Policy. The environmental management system also helps to achieve and maintain the environmental impact of an organisation.
The benefits of environmental management systems include:
- Reduced environmental incidents
- Improved reputation
- Provides marketing advantage
- Improved regulatory performance
- Lowers risk of fines for non-compliance with environmental legislation
- Increases workforce motivation
- Increases focus and knowledge within the organisation
- Reduction in waste, utility waste and waste disposal
- Provides an opportunity to attract new customers, investors and shareholders
- Increased profits
The XGRC Software range of integrated system solutions is designed to meet all the requirements of your organisation’s Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) strategy, from planning to monitoring and reporting.