The new EMS pathway for Tier 3 EMSs includes expanding facilities and their spectrum of services via offshore alliances.
JOSEPH FAMA is an EMS consultant with extensive experience in the global EMS marketplace, including 25 years with Singaporean, Chinese and American EMSs addressing global marketing agendas and business development; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ISO standard only requires that EMSs be designed in such a way that firms can work toward the goal of regulatory compliance and seek to make improvements, not that the firm actually achieve environmental excellence or even full compliance with existing laws.
EMS standards are flexible, allowing firms to adapt their EMSs to their own organizational capacities and needs.
The case of Louisiana-Pacific (LP), one of the largest North American manufacturers of building products, illustrates some of the ways in which EMSs can help organizations achieve environmental goals, as well as address some of the limits of current regulatory approaches.
The reasons for expecting that EMSs can bring about positive change are appealing.
Much of what we currently know about EMSs has been drawn from the study of firms that have adopted EMSs on their own--firms run by people committed to improving their company's environmental performance.
Legislatures and regulatory agencies throughout the country are currently considering and implementing programs designed to encourage firms to adopt EMSs. There has been a veritable explosion of interest in programs that offer financial and regulatory incentives to firms that implement EMSs.
As it turns out, Goliath (analogous to Tier 1 EMSs) was a professional warrior, big, strong and loaded with heavy weaponry.
JOSEPH FAMA is a senior executive with extensive experience in the global EMS marketplace, 25 years with Singaporean, Chinese and US EMSs and systems companies.