Why have an environmental management system?
There are at least five great reasons:
If you want to secure a contract with a Government body or another other public sector body, then you will probably be required to demonstrate how you are managing your environmental impacts.
Many private companies now expect their suppliers to adopt environmentally-friendly practices and want evidence to demonstrate that they are doing so.
In fact, these requirements are the most likely reason for you ending up looking at this site in the first place.
Your business can save money by understanding and managing how you use energy and water, where your raw materials come from and how you dispose of waste.
A UK Government study found that environmental management systems delivered cost savings for the majority of small and medium-sized businesses. The payback period for the costs of setting up the environmental management system was a mere 3 months. With Green Small Business, the payback period could be much shorter.
The public image of your company will no doubt be important to you. With environmental awareness ever on the rise, demonstrating your commitment to the environment will enhance your reputation among your clients, customers and potential customers.
And it pays. The UK Government study referred to above found that two thirds of companies had either achieved new sales or were expecting to do so as a result of their environmental management system.
If your business is affected by environmental laws and regulation, you are probably well aware of the requirements they place on you already. Making sure you comply with them is no doubt of great importance to you. Your environmental management system provides a systematic way of ensuring that you regularly review these legal and regulatory requirements and make any changes to your business practices that might be required.
A successful environmental management system can reduce resource use, energy use and waste. One UK study of 28 small businesses found that they made an average saving in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) of 38.9 tonnes per £1m turnover. 1 tonne of CO2 is about the size of a three-storey building!
Why a Green Small Business EMS?
We know you don’t have time to dedicate to developing, implementing and monitoring an elaborate environmental management system. It’s one more thing on top of an endless list of other things. Green Small Business allows you to develop an environmental management system which is appropriate for the size of your business and the scale of your environmental impacts.
All of our materials are written in language you can understand, not in technical mumbo-jumbo. We have worked hard to make sure that Green Small Business does not feel like a burden. We want your environmental management system experience to be positive and for it to make a difference to how you operate.
Developing an environmental management system under other certification schemes can take months, sometimes years. We know that small businesses can’t wait that long. You need an environmental management system in place now so that you can access the benefits straight away.
Go down the standard environmental management system route, which was designed with big businesses in mind, and it could take a quite a while to work out what meeting the standard will cost you. The inspection body might want to visit you or carry out an initial assessment before giving you a precise cost, meaning you may have to start spending money without knowing what the final bill is going to be.
We know that’s not how small businesses work. You need to know what the costs are now so that you can make a decision and plan ahead.
Using our completely free guide, you can develop an environmental management system at zero cost.
If you choose to get your environmental management system certified, certification costs only GBP199 + tax (if applicable) per year.
If you would like us to do develop your environmental management system for you and certify it for 1 year, the cost is GBP499 + tax (if applicable).
See our Buy Now page for all of the details.
And contrast our costs with those of a standard environmental management system – typically between GBP1,100 and 2,100 per year!