How an Environmental Management System (EMS) helps create a sustainable business

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Today, we are aware of the close links between business growth and protection of the environment. The emphasis is on sustainable development; on creating patterns and practices within industry and commerce that can ensure long-term prosperity, but not at the expense of nature and society. Travis Perkins fully intends to be a sustainable business. To be sustainable, a business needs to: generate profits for its shareholdersprovide good employment conditions for its employeestrade fairly with its supplierslook after the communities in which it operatesact as a guardian and improver of the environment. Travis Perkins looks to do all of these things. This case study shows how the company has built an Environmental Management System (EMS) based on the International Standard ISO 14001 in order to reduce costs and make a major contribution to ‘sustainability’. Travis Perkins plc is a leading UK builders’ merchant, operating under the Travis Perkins, Keyline, TP Plumbing & Heating, Connections, DW Archer and Atkins brands. The company sells a wide range of building materials from a national branch network. Company operations also include timber manufacturing and tool hire outlets. A large fleet of commercial vehicles delivers these materials to its customers. An Environmental Management System identifies and…

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