Sector guides to BS7750 hit credibility problem

Sector application guides (SAGs) look unlikely to solve the credibility problems of the new environmental management standard, BS7750 - few exist and the quality of those that do is extremely varied, according to a survey. Certifiers, too, feel that SAGs will be little more than background documents for their work - putting the onus squarely on the accreditation process to determine the scope of certification and the overall quality of the initiative.

Companies with environmental management systems designed to BS7750 specification may vary widely in their environmental performance, and have objectives which may not even address their most significant environmental impacts. This will worry firms making genuine efforts to improve their performance, but whose credibility may suffer alongside that of firms who view BS7750 simply as a marketing logo backed by a minimum of effort.

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