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|Renewal Frequency||Can vary but often every 3 years.|
Environmental management system (EMS) refers to the management of an organization's environmental programs in a comprehensive, systematic, planned and documented manner. It includes the organizational structure, planning and resources for developing, implementing and maintaining a policy for environmental protection.
Whilst not all organisations will obtain accreditation to a standard, it makes good business sense to develop an environmental management system, especially because of stakeholder values.
Buyers need to work out if they need key suppliers to have an accredited environmental management system, a non-accredited environmental management system or nothing at all.
If something goes wrong, what is the risk and brand damage etc.
Some corporate and large organisations obtain formal accreditation to a recognised standard, e.g.
- ISO 14000
- AS/NZS 14001.
This standard specifies the requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organisation subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organisation identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence. It does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria.
Most often every 3 years