Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs):
Some SMEs are already effectively managingand reporting on their environmentalperformance; others have such a negligible impact on the environment that reportingwill be a low priority. But there are SMEs that can benefit from improving, and reportingon, their environmental performance; for example,an SME might be part of a supplychain containing a larger company that expects its suppliers to behave responsibly.These Guidelines show how SMEs can cost-effectively manage and report theirenvironmental performance using KPIs. Tools such as BS8555 will also be of assistancein helping SMEs manage their environmental performance;
The Guidelines show how companies can address environmental impacts in their supplychains and products, and demonstrate their own environmental performance to existingand potential customers; and,
The Public Sector:
Whilst aimed at businesses, some of the KPIs will be relevant to public sector organisations.In addition, therewill also be secondary users of the Guidelines, i.e. users of the informationwhich companies disclose, for example:
When a company reports using the standard framework provided by these Guidelinesinvestors will be able to assess environmental performance effectively. Where a businessdoes not use these Guidelines, investors will need to consider whether that business isusing other recognised, sector-specific and/or bespoke environmental KPIs to manageand improve their environmental performance;
Abusiness can demonstrate to other stakeholders its progress towards sustainabledevelopment through the use of recognised guidelines and frameworks with appropriateperformance indicators; and,
The Government is committed to evidence-based policy making; the extent to whichbusiness uses these, and other recognised guidelines and frameworks will help shapefuture policy in this area.