ESI Monitor’s Environmental Business Operations Standard is based on a premier, international, benchmarked, environmental management system and is delivered through a simple five-step modular approach. The standard is designed to make the transition to sustainability a simple but effective process, allowing businesses of any sector or size to measure, manage, minimise, and continually improve their operational environmental footprint.
Each of the five modules in the framework offers specific rewards and contributions to the overall outcome of continual improvement, and allow businesses to approach the substantial framework in manageable steps. Furthermore, ESI Monitor provides all the information and tools you will need for each module and is available for advice, support, and consultation throughout the process.
Following completion of the modules, businesses will have met our Environmental standard, and will have achieved the Environmental Business Operations Award. Achievement allows a business to demonstrate its commitment to addressing environmental concerns to clients, employees, regulators, customers, and stakeholders.
Understand your businesses environmental and carbon footprint through measuring: waste, energy, water, travel, procurement, and supply chains.
Develop environmental policies and commitments aligned with your business’ mission and goals, together with international targets and goals such as the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Create an ‘environmental team’ consisting of specific champions responsible for: waste and water; energy and buildings; procurement and supply chains; and education and awareness.
Documents are provided for each champion role, such as their specific management plan, and official energy saving, waste reducing, or education documents. These completed plans should be followed by enactment.
Recalculate your environmental impact (as in module one) to receive a richer understanding of your impact and its changes throughout the year.
Build a consciousness of continual improvement and set up systems and commitments that allow for these processes to continue effectively.
Following completion of the five step modular approach, the information will require independent verification by ESI Monitor. This process includes confirmation of utility information used for understanding your carbon footprint, evidence of fulfilment of your environmental management assessment, and success of your policy commitments.
You will then receive a bronze, silver, or gold award which can be displayed on your organisation’s website, and a certificate. The achievement of bronze, silver, or gold award is dependent on your business’ measuring, managing, minimising, and continual improvement performance. The Award is valid for three years. If you choose to continue to measure and input your footprint data, you will receive regular benchmarking data on your performance.
By using our environmental management system, working towards our standard, benchmarking, and being independently assessed, your business will demonstrate to your clients, employees, regulators, industry bodies, and stakeholders that you are in the vanguard of businesses acting to address the negative impact mankind is having on our planet.
Gaining accreditation through using our environmental management system is not just about gaining a kite mark and enhancing your organisations’ internal and external standing. Having accurate and ongoing benchmark data gives organisations many competitive advantages. Furthermore, at ESI Monitor we are working with businesses across industries, including financial services, to help our clients create new or enhanced business products and services to sell to their clients to increase revenues.