Environmental Management System
Fight Climate Change
Adopt ethical practices
You must have seen the scene where there are companies abusing the environment by the way they are manufacturing their products.
Things we thought were far-fetched in 1960s such as global warming, also known as climate change, have now become a harsh reality.
These records are from 2020!
We have over 2,375,753 businesses in Australia with only 4,728 businesses implemented and certified in Environmental Management System (EMS). Caring about fellow Australians requires us, as businesses, to implement processes, procedures and systems that are sustainable for our future.
Looking at the statistics below, it is evident that there are over 61% of companies that do not employ people. Most of these businesses are thriving and create our economy. It is important for these businesses to have proper systems in place to compete in a market and increase the value of the business.
Source: ABC Counts, 2019
HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
EMS was developed in the 1960s as there was a movement to see some changes, globally. In the 1970s, the United Nations (UN) recognised this global movement. Yet it took a couple of decades, i.e. in the 1990s, for the UN to reach an agreement to protect the environment. This agreement was to seek reduction in the NEGATIVE impact on the environment from business activities. During the same year, British Standards Institution (BSI) released first environmental standard in the world. Leading to the release of the ISO 14001 international standard in environmental standard in 1996.
Like all ISO certification standards’ created, there needs to be certain number of companies that must volunteer to implement that standard. Today, there are over 300,000 companies around the world that have implemented this certification and commit to keeping our environment safe.
Since then, the UN has been seeking to establish goals for countries around the world. Starting with Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 1990; it has seen a transition to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2015. Both goals are identified in picture 1 (MDG) and picture 2 (SDG). For more information on the UN goals, please visit the YouTube link.
To align with the UN Goals and the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard; environmental management standards have been reviewed in 2015. These standards focus on companies to adopt sustainable systems and processes to promote positive impact on the environment.
Picture 1 - Source: UN Millennium Development Goals, 1990
Picture 2 – Source: UN Sustainable Development Goals, 2015
Returning to the EMS; the aim of the EMS is for companies to achieve the SDGs that are defined by the UN. There is a standard in place guiding companies to achieve the EMS. Before engaging to implement the standard, you need an appropriate system.
This is where Quality Management Australia comes in.
We implement a solution that enables YOU to improves your business operations. You would no longer need to use excel sheets to record your data. Instead, you have a solution that utilises the environmental standard complied with ISO 14001 - 2015. We provide end to end solution for you.
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Improve your brand image and credibility
To start with, you are complying with an international standard that assists to fight climate change.
You have the opportunity to show your business as a company promoting UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Compliance with legal standards
Your business practices show that you care for the environment with your goals and objectives being aligned to four Ps:
This promotes you to align with your stakeholders who are also keen on the development of environment practices that support best practice and the environment. These stakeholders can include environmental agencies and any other government body that are keen to help improve or promote the environment.
Improvement in cost control
The standard enables you to identify, control and reduce any environmental incidences that may occur because of your company’s operations. It helps to evade any potential company liabilities, fines, clean up and reparations that may incur due to the lack of observance of the standard. This evasion is done by understanding the inherent risks involved with the products you use within your business.
Moreover, the standard enables you to consider renewable sources of energy, conservation of energy and assists in seeking alternative products that are environmentally friendly.
Higher rate of success
When you have a system in place to record your operational activities, you have data to analyse. Data collected puts you are in a better position to consider improvement activities. This data also provides you with the opportunity for improvement by reviewing your existing procedures and processes. Create alignment where there is an opportunity for innovations and improvements. This, in turn, saves costs for your business. Increases performance and relative outcomes.
Reduce employee turnover
This standard helps your business to seek continuous improvement: by enabling employees to actively look for ways to challenge the business process to seek leaner processes. This enable-ment promotes you, as the director in your business, improving your brand image and motivating your staff to perform better on their job.
Becoming a member of UNAA and Sustainable Development Goals Partner for Australia
Once you implement a standard with the help of Quality Management Australia, you would have the opportunity to include your business as part of partners who are actively working towards their SDGs. You will need to submit case studies to share your successes and lessons learnt to inspire further action and collaboration towards meeting the required Goals. This helps you improve your brand image – using your story, and your operating methodology to inform, motivate and influence other businesses to adopt.