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THE ENVIRONMENT AS


A BUSINESS ISSUE IS NOT GOING AWAY


If you had to rate your environmental performance what


score would you give yourself? Would your value be the same as your colleagues’, investors’, customers’ or clients’? How well does your brand reflect your environmental principles? Liz Allen


of Hosking Associates asks what the environment means to you and your business.


If you can confidently and consistently answer these questions, well done – whether your score is high or low is another question – but at least you, your colleagues and stakeholders are all on the same page and they see you addressing your environmental challenges in a consistent way.


The environment, in its broadest terms, affects everything we do. The first thing we experience when walking out of the front door is whether the weather is hot, wet or


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cold. We cannot ignore what is all around us. In our workplaces, we can become semi-detached from the outside world. We are nurtured in comfort-controlled spaces, don’t give a second thought to the next cup of coffee and can raid the stationary store or warehouse for supplies.


As employees we are tasked with delivering finished products or services to our customers that are charged at a rate reflecting time, knowledge and resources. The environmental costs


may not be accounted for as separate items so how do you know you are managing them effectively?


Environmental costs, risks and opportunities occur at all points along the supply and value chain – from procurement to production, use and disposal. Working out which ones present a real risk or opportunity cannot be undertaken in isolation as each stakeholder will value a different aspect and may have a different requirement.


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