How an Environmental Management System (EMS) helps create a sustainable business
A Travis Perkins case study

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Page 8: Implementing an Environmental Management

Travis Perkins chose ISO 14001 as the basis of its Environmental Management System because this standard:

  • is internationally recognised and respected
  • involves regular independent audits.

The Travis Perkins ISO 14001 EMS consists of several linked components.

The registers identify around 100 laws with which the company must comply.

In addition, an audit of Travis Perkins' activities established many environmental aspects.

The company carried out a full review of each aspect, with particular emphasis on identifying issues that were potentially damaging if not managed effectively.

Travis Perkins' Environmental Policy sets out the company's commitment to:

  • comply with legislation at all times
  • prevent pollution as far as possible
  • seek continuous improvement.

The policy underpins an Environmental Improvement Plan that serves to identify steps the management and workforce can take to improve environmental performance.

Together, the policy and plan provided a clear framework for establishing Environmental Management Procedures and Operating Procedures. These set out the management responsibilities and tasks as well as the operational activities ('who needs to do what' required to deliver the policy. The company has created training materials including workshop sessions, specially prepared literature, and a video to support the programme.

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