Integrating Environmental Management Into Core Business Functions
In order to remain viable today, corporations must view the environment as a strategic issue, and integrate environmental management throughout the organization. Corporate programs that used to be based primarily on regulatory compliance now must emphasize strategic environmental management systems, and must integrate these environmental systems with basic business functions.
The mining industry today is global, and must have an organizational structure that can embrace different cultures, physical settings, and regulatory regimes. Sound environmental management practices are not different from good management principles. An effective environmental management system should be a complementary system to an organization’s overall management framework, integrated and aligned with the existing management structures. As environmental programs become more integrated with core operations, the primary “ownership” of these strategic environmental management programs should shift to line managers and staff outside the primary environmental function.
Integrating environmental management into core business functions is just good business. An effective environmental management system is a critical component of a company’s commitment to environmental, social and economic accountability.
This paper presents the elements of the Kinross Gold Corporation strategic environmental management system and discusses the integration of the environmental management system into the core business functions throughout the Company