Environmental management was once thought to be apart from mainstream business concerns, and often considered solely in an adversarial context (such as regulatory negotiation and minimum compliance maintenance).
Environmental management is now being considered as a necessary strategic business element, critical to the success of any major corporation.
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are the processes of formulating, implementing and evaluating business decisions to enable an organization to be environmentally sound while remaining competitive in the global marketplace. It is an approach that many companies are finding valuable in addressing their environmental issues.
EMS includes the implementation of innovative management systems, including Life-Cycle Assessment, Total Quality Management, full-cost environmental accounting, risk assessment and risk management, internal auditing, employee awareness and training, and community outreach. In this way, not only will regulatory compliance be ensured, but competitive advantages can also be realized.
Green-Tech is working with its clients to develop environmental management systems to help them remain environmentally sound and globally competitive.
When developing an EMS program, it is important to remember that the involvement of all corporate personnel is critical to its success. Areas of a corporation that would typically be involved in a comprehensive EMS program include accounting/financing, real estate, marketing, research and development, engineering, manufacturing and purchasing.