AMR Research: Environmental Compliance Is the Real Challenge
The product compliance initiatives of Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and their effects on the global supply network are the tip of the iceberg when considering the environmental compliance initiatives with which manufacturers must deal, state Simon Jacobson and Colin Masson from AMR Research.
Environmental compliance includes regulations such as ISO 14001, EPA Clean Air Act Title V, EPA Clean Water Act, EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), US SARA 313 and Canadian NPRI Reporting, Health & Safety Management (OHSA 18001, COSHH), Social Accountability (SA 8000), Risk Management (AS/NZS 4360), and Information Security (BS/ ISO 17799). Also, conformance has to be summarized in sustainability reporting (GRI).
Behind the scenes, data and information (task completion) must be collected across business and system silos, including asset management (core manufacturing, operating facilities, and transportation related), human capital management, order management, and enterprise performance management.
No industry is above the law: environmental compliance applies to all companies. It doesn’t matter whether you manufacture specialty chemicals or household cleansers, operate a paint shop for an automotive manufacturer, sell turf products, or dispose of complex products such as aircraft engines or computers, regulators want you to account for the effect your operations have on the environment, consumer health, and employee safety. We’ll be taking a closer look at the implications and complexity behind this simply expressed regulatory need in future articles in this series. For now, you need to know environmental compliance requirements dwarf the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) in their breadth, scope, and sheer complexity.