· Taking a responsible approach to reducing the environmental impact of products and processes makes commercial sense
· Risk assessments of your products, processes and facilities should be undertaken by trained auditors to quantify the risks and determine costs and benefits
o Products – design them to last longer in service, be energy efficient, reduce noise levels, utilise natural materials, replace harmful materials, such as cadmium, make them easier to recycle
o Processes – introduce environmentally friendly processes such as water based cleaning methods, remove harmful plating treatments, recycle packaging materials, use natural oils, remove waste responsibly
o Facilities – improve insulation, increase efficiency of heating systems, introduce modern lighting, recycle waste, reduce noise levels, conserve water, prevent leakages in airlines, water, oil, gas, fumes and dust extraction
· Establish a disaster recovery plan and introduce actions to reduce the likelihood of it happening and recovery plans in the event that it does happen.
· Work with customers and suppliers to transfer best practice
· Establish lines of communication with legitimate representative groups and local authorities to address issues that could impact the community
· Undertake regular environmental audits and benchmark your business’s foot print against previous audits and acknowledged best practice
· Track changes in environmental legislation and seek to exceed threshold requirements for compliance, before mandated dates
· Your people should be trained to recognise and address environmental issues
· Investments in plant and equipment, lighting, heating and services should be subject to an environmental evaluation as part of the business review.