How to overcome the “one size fits all” approach to global EHS management
Do you believe your corporate standards are comprehensive enough to ensure EHS compliance globally? Are your standards based primarily on the regulations from your home country? Have you given your facilities the tools to know and be compliant with local regulations? Are you prepared to pay the fines and penalties associated with transgressions of local country regulations?
In order to create a strong corporate culture of EHS compliance it is critical to have broad corporate standards combined with country specific regulations. Corporate standards serve to instill the company’s philosophy regarding EHS issues throughout the world, to set a minimum level of responsibility as well as to create a socially responsible corporate citizen. Corporate Standards are especially useful in situations where there might be no rules at all.
However, Corporate Standards can be too focused on the schemes of the company’s home country and in many cases such standards are inadequate from a scope, regulatory and situational perspective. Sometimes Corporate Standards even violate local laws or fall below the requirements of a given country; thereby putting the company and individual executives at risk. With the ongoing increase in regulatory requirements, enforcement practices and public transparency around the globe, it is essential to have a compliance system that encompasses the company’s ethos as well as local regulatory requirements.
- What should EHS Corporate Standards cover?
- What is the role of an EHS Management System?
- Why should a compliance system combine corporate standards and local laws (with examples)?
- The Ingersoll Rand story: case study of an evolving global compliance program by Guest Speaker, Dawn Horst – Manager, Global EHS Audit Program