Ian Nicholson: reduce waste and save.

Tougher regs force firms to rethink environmental policies

Published:  09 December, 2009

LOUGHBOROUGH: A business improvement consultancy specialising in corporate social responsibility has seen its workload increase as companies reassess their environmental policies.

Responsible Solutions, based at the Innovation Centre on the Loughborough University campus, works with organisations from a wide range of sectors to help them become more environmentally aware and socially responsible.

Its services include helping businesses to establish environmental management systems so that their policies not only adhere to standards such as ISO 14001 but also comply with requirements specified by their clients and other stakeholders.

Responsible Solutions' managing director Ian Nicholson said that heightened awareness of corporate social responsibility was increasingly leading businesses to put greater onus on environmental issues.

Many companies, he said, were using the additional time available during the current downturn to look at ways of investing in their businesses and to address their environmental needs in preparation for economic recovery.

"Many of our clients are in the construction sector and responsibility in business makes good economic sense for them as it has an immediate and lasting impact on their success," he said.

"By investing in environmental management, businesses not only achieve cost savings and reduce waste but also benefit from improved sales and greater customer loyalty – an important consideration in a downturn when competition is even tougher."

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