Generate more business by protecting the environment

Thats the opinion of environmental expert Simon de Grey from leading training company Pivotal Performance. He sees that companies with an Environmental Management System a formal plan to minimise their impact on the environment can use it as a powerful marketing tool.

An Environmental Management System doesnt have to be difficult to put in place or execute, said Simon. While there are formal ways to get your EMS certified such as getting an ISO 14001, many customers will be impressed by simple evidence that you have a policy in place and everyone is following it. Simon has spent 15 years advising companies how to minimise their impact, long before it became fashionable to do so. He says office managers should pick suppliers with good environmental credentials, and look at ways of reducing energy consumption such as switching off computers overnight.

Businesses with production facilities or that produce a lot of waste should send staff for formal training on identifying and managing best environmental practice. Simon added: Not only can a genuine environmentally-aware approach help to win more work, but it also tends to generate higher profits for businesses. Cutting back on energy consumption or amounts of waste tends to reduce costs, sometimes considerably. Putting in place a formal environmental scheme is profitable whichever way you look at it. Simon de Grey is a highly qualified environmental consultant, and a professional member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment. Pivotal Performance is one of the UKs leading health and safety training companies. It has a special way of training people called PPTplus, which teaches delegates how to win commitment from others, not just compliance

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