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Management systems shift from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’

26th July 2013

Over the last 17 years, Mabbett has supported clients, across food and drink, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, aerospace, waste, education and legal sectors with development of management systems to include environment, quality, health and safety and most recently energy management. Recent years has seen a shift from stand-alone systems towards Integrated Management Systems (IMS).

This agenda is largely being driven through supply chain pressure and having a certified management system is fast becoming a pre-requisite of competitive tendering in both the public and private sectors. Companies of all sizes are very much listening and responding to the efficiencies which can be achieved through aligning and integrating management systems. After all, it should be about how companies do business – and not seen as an added extra.

Development of an IMS can seem like a daunting prospect. However, an IMS can encompass quality, environment and health and safety standards, creating a dynamic, streamlined system which adds long term value to the business. In some cases, a percentage of the project costs may be funded through public bodies.

Creating long term value for your business and shareholders

Supply chain pressure is not the only driver for the uptake of management systems. New legislation will soon require mandatory greenhouse gas emission reporting for FTSE 100 companies as well as emissions reduction targets.

Monitoring and management of compliance continues to be a top priority for businesses and organisations, including controlling risk of environmental pollution, excessive energy use, health and safety claims and maintaining customer satisfaction.

Having these systems in place provides the foundation for a sustainable future based on meaningful data to support decision making in the business and competent, trained employees. Research conducted for Business in the Community in 2010 revealed that publicly listed companies that manage and measure their Corporate Responsibility activities financially outperformed those that do not.

Intervention on resource efficiency through consultancy, audit and identifying opportunities can save money in the short term; implementing successful management systems helps drive efficiency long-term, reducing risk and bottom-line impact.

Click here to learn more about how we can provide support with the design, development and implementation of a stand-alone or integrated management system (ISO 9001, 14001, 50001 or OHSAS 18001) or contact Jamie Roddie on 0141 227 2306 or via email