IEMA: Sustainability in Practice
Managing compliance with environmental laws and human rights laws in organisations
How can we grow our businesses, innovate and create value without degrading our environment or harming society? Laws and regulations provide a cornerstone for protecting the environment and society from harm. Organisations have a legal and moral duty to comply with these laws and regulation but given the complexity of legal requirements regarding environmental and human rights protection, this is a significant challenge for them.
Following the publication of the first edition in 2005, IEMA is now launching the second edition of its practitioner guide on Managing Compliance with Environmental & Human Rights Law in Organisations. The publication was developed in collaboration with Colleen Theron, Fellow Member of IEMA and Director of Ardea International, with significant editorial input from Marc Jourdan, IEMA Policy & Engagement Lead.
The guide was developed by Colleen and Marc have with the involvement from over 100 IEMA members and leading professionals, following 4 workshop sessions and an extensive member survey. This is IEMA’s second edition, revised and fully updated with new case studies and surveys. This guidance is available free of charge to all IEMA members as a download and interactive publication and is also available to purchase as a book.
“The consequences of non-compliance in organisations are multifaced and can be significant, ranging from financial penalties and damage to reputation to potential imprisonment for the very worst cases. This guide has therefore been developed to help environment and sustainability professionals put in place management processes that will help ensure compliance on an ongoing basis. We hope that readers find it useful”. Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, IEMA
This guide is free for IEMA members. Please login to download this guide.
The guide is also the second in the new Sustainability in Practice series of ‘how to’ books.
Managing Compliance with Environmental & Human Rights Law in Organisations is free to download for all IEMA members. It can also be purchased in hard copy – £15 for members from the Member Shop, or £25 for non-members here.
Our webinar series on the guide can be found here.
“I was honoured to be approached by IEMA to develop the guide with them, as the focus of the work that I have been doing with organisations for a number of years is to support them to develop a beyond compliance approach. I was delighted that IEMA recognised that there is a real need for practical guidance for organisations on how to achieve legal compliance and develop best practice procedures. As such. the guide has a number of checklists, case studies, input from regulators and auditors to ensure that its practical. Whilst the guide still focusses on the relevance of having a management system in place, incorporating human rights legislation and social issues into the management approach, I think is critical, as the trend towards reporting on both environmental and human rights is not decreasing. Our hope is that this guide becomes a marker for organisations on how to tackle these issues. “ Colleen Theron