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Environmental Audit

  • By: Maia Gachechiladze
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

Environmental audit (EA) is an environmental compliance and management tool that aims to systematically, periodically, and objectively examine and document an organization's environmental management activities and operations. It is conducted to verify the compliance with environmental regulations, standards, and specific management practices; evaluate the effectiveness of the existing environmental management/control systems; and pro pose measures to improve environmental compliance and performance. Undertaking periodic EA can benefit organizations in numerous ways. It can help identify environmental problems and develop solutions, reduce operating contingencies, avoid excessive costs and fines or lawsuits, increase environmental awareness, meet the stakeholders’ environmental expectations, and improve environmental performance as well as corporate image and public relations. Therefore, awareness about the nature, types, process of and constraints to a successful EA program is ...

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