Davies & Robson has produced a DIY environmental health-check and step-by-step ‘road map’ to help small and medium-sized transport and logistics companies adopt and demonstrate improved environmental responsibility.
First, however, let’s remind ourselves of some of the benefits of a proactive approach to the environment and sustainability.
WHY ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT WORKS
Meeting Customer Expectations
Customers increasingly expect high standards of environmental and sustainability management. Proactively responding to these demands is an important part of increasing sales, finding new market opportunities and enhancing your company’s reputation.
Dealing with Volatile Fuel & Energy Costs
High volatility in fuel and energy costs is likely to continue. Detailed awareness of fuel and energy use makes it possible to identify efficiencies that can reduce costs and improve your ability to respond to the volatile conditions.
Understanding New Environmental Challenges
Taking account of possible extreme weather events will positively contribute to business continuity planning and minimised insurance costs.
The amount of legislation about environmental and sustainability issues is increasing. Knowing about, and responding to, existing and new legislation is the only means to avoid fines and reduce taxes.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Supply chain and logistics activities impact on environmental issues such as global warming, depletion of the ozone layer, pollution of air, water and land, and the depletion of natural resources. The incentives for you, as a business manager, to add Environmental and Sustainability issues to your agenda include:
- Improving business image and marketability
- Reducing operating costs
- Assisting businesses to comply with legislation
- Qualifying for tax breaks and avoiding excess regulatory fines
- Accessing grants to improve facilities and procedures
Since a properly addressed and implemented Environmental Policy should, at the very least, be cost neutral there is no good reason not to develop one. While such an undertaking can be a daunting prospect there are, however, a great number of no cost/low cost options for businesses looking to demonstrate and improve environmental responsibility, many of which are easy to implement and simple to manage.