Organizational and Environmental Responsibility In this essay we will look first and then identify the drivers of organizational and environmental responsibility. Additionally, describing the effect of these drivers on sustainable practices with regards to the environment. An Environmental Management System or EMS will be defined for the purposes of environmental sustainability and environmental responsibility. Lastly, the correlation of an EMS combined with ISO 14001 and how these two work together.
The first driver of organizational and environmental responsibility is government legislation or the threat of government legislation. Most organizations strive to comply with government laws and avoid violations of the law. This is the main reason why organizational and environmental responsibility has increased during recent times. The second driver of organizational and environmental responsibility is that being environmentally responsible improves the standing of the organization with the government.
The government feels comfortable in dealing with companies that are environmentally responsible. Further, there are political pressures being applied on companies to be environmentally responsible. Political parties may ask organizations to increase its environment responsiveness. The third driver is the availability of licenses to organizations that are environmentally responsible. So, to obtain the required licenses, the companies become environmentally responsible. The fourth driver of environmentally responsible behavior is the company image.
If a company wants a positive image it must be environmentally responsible. The fifth drive is to gain competitive advantage. A strong method of differentiation is to be environmentally responsible. Customers favor companies that are environmentally responsible. The sixth driver is pressure from business partners. There are several companies that check their supply chains to ensure that the partners are environmentally responsible. For instance, Starbucks has a policy of dealing with suppliers that are environmentally responsible.
The seventh driver is that there are pressures from customers, and investors. The customers of industrial products insist that the seller is environmentally responsible. Similarly, there are several investors that make sure that the company they invest in is environmentally responsible. The strongest driver of environmentally responsible behavior is legislation or the threat of legislation. When a law or a regulation is passed, the companies strive to comply with the requirements of the law and so environmentally responsible actions increase.
Similarly, if there is change that legislation may take place, companies ensure that they comply with the laws even before the legislation is passed. The ease of dealing with the government improves when the company is environmentally responsible. The effect is that companies become environmentally responsible and then show their efforts to the government. During negotiations with the government, the company that is perceived to be environmentally responsible gains advantage. Similarly, if a company becomes environmentally responsible, it is easily able to associate itself with political parties.
For instance, if a company wants to lobby with some senators, the fact that the company is environmentally responsible helps the cause of the company. The improvement in the image of the company helps the company sell more and sell at higher prices. So, being environmentally responsible helps the company grow, and make more profits. Similarly, when the company that is environmentally responsible gains competitive advantage, it gains a large market share and improved profitability. One of the greatest advantages that firms have that are involved in the supply chain is that they are able to get top partners.
For instance, a trucking company that is green is sought after by the top companies for transporting their products. Similarly, a supplier that is environmentally responsible is acceptable to the top companies in the business. The company that is environmentally responsible gets more customers and funds at attractive terms. “The Environmental Management System is the management of a company’s environmentally responsible activities, in planned, coordinated, and monitored way” (Pitching Green, 2008). This management should also be documented.
The Environmental Management System is the process used by the company to manage, monitory, and improve its environment responsibility some of the important requirements of an Environmental Management System are that it should be structured, affect day to day operations and lead to continuous improvement of the system. The Environmental Management System must consider the long term effects of its activities, manufacturing, and products on the environment. This approach of ISO 14001 is that it is voluntary standard that is acceptable all over the world. The standard gives specific requirements to which the company must comply.
If a company complies with that standard, it gets a certification or registration. The approach of ISO 14001 is to provide an Environmental Management System standard to which companies may comply. ISO 14001 has received such wide recognition that it has become the main Environmental Management System. Officially, the ISO 14001 is not supposed to be an Environmental Management System but instead provide a framework that can help companies develop their own Environmental Management System the point is that ISO 14001 is “meant to assist companies in improving their environmental performance” (REFERENCE).
The companies are supposed to set their own objectives and measures for assessing performance and the ISO 14001 helping companies achieve those objectives. The approach of ISO 14001 is to assist and help but not to prescribe. In conclusion, this essay has discussed and identified the drivers of organizational and environmental responsibility and how these drivers affect sustainable practices. Furthermore, we have identified how those drivers can work toward a more sustainable and environmentally friendly business practice.
Defined and expanded on what an Environmental Management System is and the affect of having and effective EMS in place for your business. Lastly, we have explained ISO 14001 and how to approach an EMS with successful outcomes. References Pitching Green. 2008. Green labels and credentials: a guide to the options. Retrieved onSeptember 11, 2001 fromhttp://ecolabel. defra. gov. uk/pdfs/Pitching%20Green_Oct%2008. pdf ISO 14000. 2001. Wikipedia. Retrieved on September 11, 2001 from http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/ISO_14000