When preparing your business for tender, consider your environmental practice.
All businesses have responsibilities to ensure their activities are not harmful to the environment. Companies offering contracts may be reluctant to work with a business that can't show commitment to environmental protection. Implementing strong policies and systems can give your business the edge when competing for public or private contracts.
Establishing your current performance
Environmental law and standards are changing rapidly. For your business to be at the leading edge of environmental best practice, you should regularly review your policies and check the latest regulations.
Conducting an assessment of your current performance is crucial to setting goals for improvement. See carry out an environmental review of your business.
Whether you are starting from scratch or looking to improve you existing policies, putting good systems in place can improve your environmental performance. You can improve your business by putting environmental procedures in place:
- An environmental policy demonstrates to customers your commitment to managing environmental impacts in a responsible way. See write an environmental policy.
- Setting up an environmental management system can boost efficiency, monitor progress and meet regulatory obligations. See set up an environmental management system (EMS).
Reviewing and refining your business processes can lead to new markets and improving your bottom line. You may be able to build new business relationships and supply chains while reducing your environmental impact.
Working closely with supply chain partners to improve environmental compliance can benefit everyone. See supply chain efficiency.
Contractors in the construction industry are increasingly placing a high priority on environmental issues. Find out how to use resources efficiently in construction and building trades.
Business benefits of environmental responsibility
Being environmentally and socially responsible brings tangible benefits to your business, staff, customers, stakeholders and the wider environment.
If your business is setting a good example, you should consider spreading the message to others. Making your business attractive to customers and buyers can open new opportunities and improve relationships.
By demonstrating that your business considers environmental issues to be a priority you may attract new customers. See market your environmental credentials.
Find out how to build a reputation as a responsible business with our guide on corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Environmental regimes outside Northern Ireland
European Union law is harmonising areas such as environmental law across the EU. However, understanding local differences can be crucial to winning contract work outside Northern Ireland.
Find sources of local environmental information:
- the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the relevant enforcement agency in the Republic of Ireland
- if you are a service business looking to do operate in another EU country, you should consult the EU Commission Points of Single Contact