Having access to EP (environmental planning) is something incredibly valuable and should not be understated. Many companies overlook the benefits of having an environment management plan in place, in favour of saving money on the short term. In this post we’re going to take a look at why that is not such a good idea, and how your business can benefit greatly from having such a plan in place.
Good practice in business is planning ahead. That’s why we write business plans, marketing strategies and many other types of plans. You know the old saying: ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’. Well, it’s a cliché for a reason, and that’s because it is absolutely true. So, what are the benefits of having an environment management plan in place?
The Benefits of Having an Environment Management Plan:
1 – Great for your brand image
We’ll start off with something which directly benefits you and your business. When you’re seen to be taking an active interest on the impact that you have on the environment, you will be demonstrating that your brand is trustworthy. Particularly in this day and age, nobody wants to be associated with a business that fails to recognise the importance of ‘going green’.
2 – You can save money in the long-run
Yes, there is an initial cost which comes with putting an environment management plan in place for your business. The money, the time and the manpower all come at your expense, however the benefits are entirely worth it.
First of all, putting an environment plan into place requires you to take a long, hard look at your business and the way that it functions. It allows you to make subtle changes, which might not seem all that effective, but will ultimately save you an awful lot of money over time.
For example: how many of your managers actually need to have a company car? Why does your regional manager have to be driving around in an SUV when they commute a short distance to your office in the city? That doesn’t mean that you should remove all benefits for your employees, but it’s certainly a good idea to get smarter about the way that they’re rewarded. How can you reduce your impact on the environment? Generally speaking, the more you do to reduce your carbon footprint, the more money you will inevitably end up saving.
3 – Empower your employees
Understand that putting an environmental management plan in place will involve everyone in your company. It will require everyone to ‘pitch in’ and to do their bit. By implementing such a system, you will be empowering your employees and relying on them to do right by their environment. This is a great way to inspire loyalty amongst your employees as well, because we all want to do the right thing.
4 – Secure your place in the future of your industry
Out with the old and in with the new. Never has that phrase been more relevant than it is today. There’s no good carrying on with systems that are broken. If you want to secure your companies future within your industry, then you should be seen as taking action to improve the way that it functions. Find new and innovate ways to create your products, whilst reducing the overall impact that you have on your environment. Again, these can often result in saving money. – In any case, you will be doing the right thing.