For an organisation (any product or service) of your choice, undertake a Business Environment Audit. Summarise your work into a word processed Business Report.
What should I include??
Will I have to focus on a more enivronmentally focused company or product such as The Body Shop or Lush Beauty Products??
I have to write 3,000 words and at the moment I am currently struggling!!
Thanks in advance
You dont have to focus on an environmentally focussed company. - The business environment audit could be one of two things - an 'eco/green' audit or an audit of their business situation/circumstances. You will need to check which.
If it is a business situation audit then it will:
* measure and evaluate threat in terms of competitor rivalry and the potential for product substitution in your marketplace
* evaluate the extent to which your customers drive product development in terms of quality, cost and flexibility as well as time
* measure manufacturing activities in terms of your existing supplier relationships and also your logistical management capabilities
* examine changes in your external environment (i.e. factors in society at large) that nevertheless can have an important impact on the way you conduct your business. These categories include social, technological, environmental, economic, as well as political changes that can impact on your organisation
Once the magnitude of changes identified in the audit have been quantified, you then assess the level of control you, as an organisation are able to exercise over these factors. This enables you to develop a "control hierarchy" so you can begin to develop strategies for improvement in those areas where you are the most vulnerable.
If it is the 'green' version, Environmental audits can be undertaken for a variety of reasons on site, they can be specific to a particular subject, ie water use, or more general such as initial reviews. Audits are also undertaken to accredit companies to environmental management systems (EMS) such as those under ISO 14001.
Types of Environmental Audit:
Environmental Review (Environmental Audit)
This type of audit provides valuable management information regarding the environmental situation on a site, and can be used to signpost areas of concern or where further investigative work may be required. An environmental review would normally involve looking at the site as a whole to determine impacts on the local environment, eg location of nearby rivers, location of any local housing, etc. External areas would then be examined looking at areas where waste was stored, location of drainage system, etc. The internal areas are often broken down into manageable units such as office, canteen, process areas etc, then, within each area, environmental issues such as storage, wastes, lighting, heating, air emissions, and water emissions are noted.
these audits are often linked with environmental reviews and usually form the first step in any waste minimisation exercise. The audit is concerned with waste production and handling at a site. The first concern is to ensure that wastes are being handled and stored in a safe, environmentally acceptable manner at a reasonable cost. Once this is determined then quantities of wastes are noted along with their origin and reason for production. 'Hidden' wastes should also be considered such as waste raw materials, energy and water, and wasted time, etc.
The results of a waste audit should show any gaps in information or poor waste management practice. It is important to take action after the audit and look at possible ways to minimise waste production, saving the company money and helping the environment.
Waste audits can be carried out internally or through an external source such as a waste minimisation club, or consultant. Further information on waste minimisation clubs in your area can be found by calling the Envirowise Advice Line on 0800 585794.
Waste Disposal Site Audits
these audits cover the transport and disposal of wastes by a disposal contractor. They are often undertaken as part of compliance with Duty of Care Regulations, to ensure a company's waste is being handled correctly. They are usually carried out internally, and involve a questionnaire-type approach covering issues such as how waste is stored, and general housekeeping on the site. Transport issues are usually covered but can be dealt with separately, especially if the company that owns the waste site is different from the company that transports the waste.
these audits are similar to waste audits in that they are often linked with environmental reviews and usually form the first step in any water reduction exercise. The audit is concerned with water use on a site and wastewater production. Water usage on the site is examined and quantified where possible to determine the areas of greatest usage. Wastewater is also quantified if possible, and areas of greatest production identified. The result of the audit is a mass balance where a company can identify water going into a site and water leaving the site; any large discrepancies can be investigated as this may indicate leakage or another problem on the site. Another benefit of the audit is that once identified, areas of high water usage or wastage can be investigated and savings made.
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