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Business and the Environment

My Distance Learning College


In 1990 the concept of the environmental management system (EMS) was new to many organizations. However, it has subsequently developed very rapidly, becoming the subject of a number of international standards and schemes. The first national environmental management standard, BS7750, was published in 1992 and the European Union (or Community as it was then called) adopted the same basic approach in 1993 with the introduction of its Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). An international standard, ISO 14001, replaced BS 7750 in 1996. In this course we look at how these standards and schemes have developed, the differences between them, and what benefits an organization can expect to gain from adopting a recognized EMS.

While neither ISO 14001 nor EMAS prescribe the level of environmental performance to be achieved, they do require a commitment to continual improvement. The extent of this improvement is for the individual organization to decide and should be quantified in objectives and targets where practicable. At first glance, continual improvement may appear to be a particularly onerous commitment, but it is vital if the environmental management system is to be seen as credible by interested parties. This course looks at the importance and benefits of continual improvement, how it can be achieved, and how some of the barriers to its achievement can be overcome.

Any organization undertaking a program of continual improvement needs not only to establish procedures for its work processes but also to regard all procedures, and the processes to which they relate, as being capable of improvement. This course focuses on what is involved in improving work procedures and processes in order to reduce the environmental impacts of your organization.

A sudden environmental crisis - such as a large fire, explosion, release of toxic gas or major water pollution incident - is probably the most feared occurrence by individuals with responsibility for an organization's environmental performance. However, slow-acting pollution incidents can create a crisis that damages not only the environment but also the organization, both financially and in terms of its reputation - and the reputation of its products - among the public.

Emergency planning is required to deal with any incident that could result in loss of life, ill health or damage to the environment.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Outline the basic principles underlying environmental management.
  • Describe some of the environmental management guidance, systems and schemes available to your organization.
  • Describe the development and purpose of environmental management systems and standards.
  • Outline the main requirements and differences between ISO 14001 and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), and explain the appropriateness of each to your organization.
  • Describe the various methods available for implementing an environmental management system (EMS) in your organization.
  • Outline the benefits of integrating an EMS into existing management systems within the organization.
  • Describe the importance of achieving continual improvement within the EMS.
  • Outline the benefits, risks and costs to your organization of improving environmental performance.
  • Explain the importance of commitment at all levels in the organization to the successful implementation of an EMS.
  • Explain the role of working methods in the environmental performance of your organization.
  • Outline the methods available for assessing the environmental impacts of work procedures and processes.
  • Explain how changes can be successfully made to work procedures and processes.
  • Explain the environmental consequences of sudden and gradual pollution incidents.
  • Describe the measures to be taken in the event of a pollution incident occurring in your organization.
  • Explain the importance of devising emergency plans to deal with the environmental effects of accidents.


On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Business and the Environment Diploma

Business and the Environment Diploma issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

NCFE Level 3 Business and the Environment Award

This Course leads to an NCFE Level 3 Award Certificate for successful learners. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in which case GCSE's are at levels 1 and 2 and A Levels are at level 3). In accrediting the program at level 3, NCFE attests that its learning outcomes are at an equivalent level to a level 3 national qualification.

This award has been designed by My Distance Learning College to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning program has been scrutinized and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.


After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

course quick facts
course code DED9091
cost $364.00
estimated time to
complete course
100 Hours
course materials
365 Days