The International Chamber of Commerce have developed a business charter for
sustainable development. This effort has the support of many companies and
intended to identify areas for successful continuos improvement. The charter
promotes environmental policy areas as :-
Environmental Management should become one of the highest priorities for all
corporations demonstrated by the creation of policies, programmes, procedures
and practices for achieving environmentally sound operations for the company.
The executive has authority for directing the company and therefore is the route
of all future changes in that direction.
The full integration of environmental elements into the normal business operation
of the company, is essential to ensure that the management system functions as
a coherent entity. This integrated approach is further demonstrated by
amalgamation of the management systems for environment, quality, customer
satisfaction, health and safety of staff.
The Process of Improvement
To use the company organisation, customer expectations, community
expectations, legal regulations, development of tools and new techniques in
order to continually improve the environmental performance of the organisation.
Staff Education and Training
To provide awareness ability and motivation to employees in order to conduct
their activities in an environmentally responsible manner.
To evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the company’s business
before embarking on new projects, products or activities, and to consider these
effects when ceasing production or closing facilities.
Products and Services
To consider the life cycle of products and services to ensure that they have no
undue environmental impact and are fit for their intended use, are efficient in their
consumption of resources, can be re-cycled, re-used and disposed of safely.
Facilities and Operations
This is primarily the same considerations as products and services but related to
the facilities and premises operated by the company, when looking at facilities
perhaps a stronger emphasis can be placed on the promotion of renewable
resources, minimisation of pollution and generation of waste and a safe and
responsible husbandry of the land resource.
Contractors and Suppliers
These are an extension, but integrated, part of the company’s operations and
products. The organisation can encourage contractors and suppliers to also
adopt sound environmental principles combined with a system of continuos
improvement ensuring that the suppliers become consistent with the aims of the
organisation itself. this also encourages the wider adoption of environmental
improvement practices within suppliers and sub-contractors.
Openness to Concerns
To foster an open exchange of information and communication between the
organisation and its stake holders, employees, suppliers, society, the public,
Compliance and Reporting
This is the measurement of environmental performance. Following definition of
the company’s environmental aspects and impacts, measurements can be
performed to demonstrate stability or improvement and confirming compliance
with company objectives and legal requirements. This information can also be
used to periodically provide information to the stake holders