Guide

Making the case for environmental improvements

Introduction

Making environmental improvements - such as introducing a waste-minimisation programme or efficient new equipment - can bring real benefits to your business. These include reduced costs, increased business opportunities and an improved image to stakeholders like customers, suppliers and investors.

However, to implement your plans effectively you will need the support of your business' senior management and employees. You should ensure that you have the resources, leadership qualities and expertise available to raise awareness among staff and to encourage the relevant people to get involved.

To be effective and lasting, planned changes must have a clear focus, involve managers and staff from the outset, and be able to sustain people's interest and commitment.

This guide explains the importance of getting support and resources for your environmental improvement plan from senior management, and how to motivate employees to become actively involved.