Environment

Section of the competency map featuring MarketplaceFor example:

  • Getting recognition for reducing environmental impacts

  • Improving credibility and trust with stakeholders

  • Differentiating the company from competitiors

What are your Desired Business Outcomes?

  1. Reduce the company's impact on the environment and simultaneously reduce business costs

  2. Achieve carbon neutral status

  3. Develop an environmental management system

  4. Establish good environmental credentials

Select an outcome, and then browse the Knowledge, Behaviours and Resources to help you overcome the associated challenges.

1. Reduce the company's impact on the environment and simultaneously reduce business costs .

Challenges

Knowledge and understanding

  • Environment teams can be viewed as operating in isolation and solely responsible for solving the problem.  Action on the environment needs to be seen as everyone's responsibility

  • Making people aware of the financial cost savings so that they don't see environmental activity as additional effort with no reward

  • Getting different business units to work together to identify and solve problems

  • Initiating action on environmental issues even if they are not seen as business critical at this time

  • High level understanding of environmental issues and the businesses environmental impacts

  • Knowledge of the business case

Methods for engaging employees
 

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Behaviours

Resources

Builds relationships

Communication

Influence

BITC publications

Take action on climate change and prepare for a low carbon economy

Other resources

Mayday journey: Engaging employees

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2. Achieving a carbon neutral status

Note: This is not viewed as an integral step to carbon management but should be a final step, once all possible reductions have been made.

Challenges

Knowledge and understanding

As above, plus:

  • Ensuring people understand what carbon neutral means

  • Implementing a programme across a large organisation

  • Carbon literacy


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Behaviours

Resources

Change driver

Builds relationships

Collaboration

Communication

Engages others

Influence

Operational

Self-confident

 

BITC resources

Mayday network

External courses

IEMA training courses

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3. Developing an environmental management system

For example, gaining ISO14001 certification, meeting all statutory and legal requirements, seeking to exceed legal requirements where it makes business sense to do so

Challenges

Knowledge and understanding

  • Ensuring delivery, often by a "virtual" team

  • Getting the right people on the right working groups

  • Changing people's behaviour to make it more sustainable

  • Technical knowledge of standards and their application

  • Regulatory knowledge

  • Knowledge of environmental issues and organisational priorities

  • Understands organisational culture for the business and any departmental subcultures

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Behaviours

Resources

Achievement

Change driver

Collaboration

Communication

Data gathering and analysis

Engages others

Influence

BITC resource:

Mayday journey: Engaging employees

External resource

IEMA EMS National Forum: Addressing the sustainable agenda - presentations

 

 

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4. Establish good environmental credentials

For example, to establish the organisation as an environmental leader, to establish the organisation as a strong performer on environment (as not all can be leaders).

Challenges

Knowledge and understanding

  • Gaining relevant knowledge of what environmental leadership / strong performance looks like for the organisation; Gaining enough knowledge to be able to converse with specialists and challenge the organisation

  • Challenging business leaders to take a leadership/ strong position on environmental matters, which may require re-aligning the business model

  • Making sure the business has the capacity and skills to deliver on the strategy

  • Prioritising next steps on the environmental issues and revising strategy to maintain a leadership/ strong position

  • To provide personal leadership when there may be a lack of credibility of the role of a CR practitioner in the organisation

  • Overcoming board resistance to applying for awards and positioning the company as an environmental leader/ strong performer

  • Getting enough people enthused about the organisation being an environmental leader/ strong performer

  • Awareness of own limits of knowledge

  • Knowledge of competitors and their activities

  • Knowledge of environmental benchmarks and indices

  • Good knowledge of how the business works and its key environmental impacts

  • Good networks and a knowledge of a wide range of contacts within the organisation

  • Carbon literacy

  • Financial literacy

  • Appreciating that not everyone will be enthused by environmental leadership

 

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Behaviours

Resources

Achievement

Change driver

Influence

Innovative

Integrity

Self confident

Strategic

Technical expertise

 

BITC resources

Environmental benchmarking

Take action on climate change and prepare for a low carbon economy

 

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