EMS Implementation and Monitoring for Riordan Manufacturing

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EMS Implementation and Monitoring for Riordan Manufacturing
Katrice Bottoms
MGT/360
September 20, 2011
Kevin Williams

Executive Summary
The competitive environment in today’s business world poses many dangers to the sustainability of the biosphere, which is so vital to life. Business organizations have a responsibility to help sustain and preserve the environment for future generations. Corporations must take initiative in developing business plans that incorporate sustainable business practices into the strategic direction of the organization. Successful achievement of a sustainable business plan also requires identification of barriers to implementation and development of strategies to overcome such barriers. In addition, to measure the success of sustainable business practices, organizations must continually monitor the progress and communicate results of their sustainable plan efforts. A review of the Riordan Manufacturing’s current business practices helped to illustrate the development and implementation of a successful sustainability plan. Riordan must concentrate on developing a plan to address unsustainable practices such as the release of harmful emissions, improper disposal of off-spec raw materials, and the release of harmful solvent cleaners into the biosphere. To implement these strategies and secure the improvement of Riordan’s sustainability, the organization must anticipate financial, social, ethical, technical, and practical barriers to these plans. Understanding the barriers helps the organization prepare an action plan to overcome these obstacles and ensure the successful implementation of its plans. The keys to avoiding impediments from financial, social, ethical, and technical barriers are communication and commitment. Communication is vital to the implementation of a successful sustainability plan. Riordan Manufacturing must institute a comprehensive communication plan to address the concerns of affected stakeholders. In addition, the organization must pledge its commitment to sustainable business practices throughout the life of the corporation.

EMS Implementation and Monitoring for Riordan Manufacturing
The competitive environment in today’s business world poses many dangers to the sustainability of the biosphere, which is so vital to life. Factors such as a growing world population, technology, and rapid consumption of natural resources contribute significantly to the deterioration of the planet. Business organizations have a responsibility not only to operate under the regulations of the government but also to exceed them and make efforts to help sustain and preserve the environment for future generations. In today’s competitive business environment, business entities view social responsibility as a hindrance to achieving maximum profits. However, if current business practices are not altered significantly, society as we know it may cease to exist. Consumers are quickly becoming aware of the harmful effects of socially irresponsible business practices, and strongly support organizations that make the effort to help sustain the environment. Organizations must embrace and implement socially responsible strategies to maintain success in today’s environmentally conscious society. Corporations must take steps to analyze their current business practices and identify aspects of the business that would benefit from the implementation of a sustainability plan. Corporations must take initiative in developing business plans that incorporate sustainable business practices into the strategic direction of the organization. To improve sustainability, organizations should develop environmental management systems (EMS) to help address environmental issues in a cost-effective manner. Only after comparing the costs and benefits of incorporating sustainable business practices against current business practices can organizations understand the importance of adopting an environmentally sustainable business...
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