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

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Summary

Concepts:

Environment, waste, Travis Perkins, environmental management, business, environmental management system, pressures, costs, sustainability, operating, standards, water, materials, communication, practice.

Summary:

Environmental Management System explain key steps in implementing an Environmental Management System, e.g. formulation of a plan, creation of action lists and performance indicators, communication of the system.

Travis Perkins fully intends to be a sustainable business.

To be sustainable, a business needs to:

  • generate profits for its shareholders
  • provide good employment conditions for its employees
  • trade fairly with its suppliers
  • look after the communities in which it operates
  • act as a guardian and improver of the environment.

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.

An Environmental Management System identifies and establishes a set of rules and practices to help everyone within an organisation to understand and accept how, through their actions, they can best ensure high standards of environmental care.

Travis Perkins has identified four key pressures affecting the organisation in relation to environmental issues.

This has led to increasing international pressures for changes in industrial practice.

These conferences and the resulting European Union regulations have led to many new UK laws.

In particular, the Environment Protection and the Pollution Prevention and Control regulations have placed legal obligations on businesses and how they operate. For example, all companies operating large wood mills must have a permit.

There are additional regulations for special wastes such as toxic materials.

In addition the Water Resources Act protects 'controlled waters', including rivers, lakes, coastal seas and groundwater.

As existing landfill sites fill up, firms have to transport waste over greater distances.

Learning outcomes:

As a result of carefully reading this case study, students should be able to:

  • know why sustainability is important to all businesses
  • be able to list and briefly explain the 4 key pressures on business in relation to environmental issues
  • identify broad areas that environmental regulation covers e.g. waste management, water use, emissions
  • understand what is meant by an Environmental Management System and the benefits of having one
  • know why a company might choose ISO 14001 as its Environmental Management System
  • explain key steps in implementing an Environmental Management System, e.g. formulation of a plan, creation of action lists and performance indicators, communication of the system.

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