Environment

Compliance with legislation serves as the foundation for companies to manage and mitigate their environmental impacts in order to ensure a better environment.

Reference

What is the Environment?

Environment refers to the surroundings in which an organisation operates, including air, water, land, natural resources, flora, fauna, humans and their interrelationships. [1]

Why this matters?

Human activities and needs have caused the depletion of natural resources and ecosystem services. This is partly due to business activities that result in negative environmental impacts in the short and long term. Therefore, compliance with legislation serves as the foundation for companies to manage and mitigate their environmental impacts in order to ensure a better environment. In addition to compliance, businesses may implement management systems to

  1. Analyse, mitigate and reduce their environmental impacts
  2. Ensure compliance with legal requirements
  3. Raise environmental awareness and competence
  4. Make continuous improvements

Environmental regulations vary per region and country, or based on industry standards. For example:

  • the EU Directive 2008/1/EC [2]
  • the US Clean Air Act (CAA) [3]
  • the MARPOL 73/78 [4]

Example of an environment policy

“[Company Name] is committed to leading the industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.”

“[Company Name] will actively promote recycling both internally and amongst its customers and suppliers.”

“[Company Name] will work on minimising its toxic emissions through the selection and use of its fleet and the source of its power equipment.”

Aspects to consider when developing a policy:

  • Energy and emissions
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Soil
  • Biodiversity
  • Product use and sourcing

Maersk Policy

Click here to read the A.P. Moller - Maersk commitment to the environment.

Additional Guidance on Environmental Management

  • ISO 14004:2016, Environmental management systems – General guidelines on implementation 

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