The changing face of environmental managers

The past three years have seen an unprecedented increase in the number of environmental managers in British business, according to an ENDS study.1 Their traditional role as corporate policemen is also changing, with growing numbers adding value by promoting waste minimisation and other initiatives, and enhancing their influence by co-ordinating environmental management systems and building employee awareness. But a worrying finding is the limited education and training in environmental matters received by most managers.

The study was based on questionnaire responses from 210 environmental managers and follow-up interviews and site visits. The report provides the first in-depth picture of their role and how it is evolving, how they are trained, what they are paid, where they fit into the management structure, and their relationships with environmental consultants.

One of the study's most striking findings was how recently most individuals in environmental

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