Increased employee involvement

Employees of EMAS organisations can feel like they are really making a difference.

EMAS's employee involvement requirement means that all employees have the opportunity to really influence environmental management processes and make their own environments greener.

Businesses are increasingly realising the important role of corporate social responsibility measures . People working for an organisation that involves its employees tend to be happier and more productive in their jobs. EMAS is one step ahead because it has encouraged employee involvement from the beginning.

Sometimes the ideas of these involved employees can even lead to eco-innovations that save both resources and money!

Examples of how organisations have benefitted from their employees’ involvement:

For existing measures in your country, do not hesitate to contact your national Competent Body .

  • After the UK Environment Agency urged its staff to think up ways to reduce their carbon footprints, employees came up with the idea of using methanol fuel cells to power the agency's fish counting equipment. Since the batteries no longer have to be changed so frequently, employees save 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per year per fuel cell, totalling more than 50 tonnes of CO2 every year. The cells paid for themselves within six months, while the agency continues to save all associated travel costs!
  • An engaged employee of a small Swedish company, HR Björkman Entremattor, invented an oxygen pump that made water purification more efficient, allowing the company to introduce a washing system that reduced water consumption by half between 2009 and 2013. The company saved resources and won a 2014 EMAS award for this eco-innovation.
  • In 2015, Metallbau Haslinger GmbH, a medium-sized German business producing steel constructions and overhead cranes, achieved carbon neutrality despite its energy-intensive processes. Its business model is highly successful due to the motivation and engagement of its employees, who see themselves as “sun welders”. They work in shifts from sunrise to sunset in order to make maximum use of the photovoltaic power produced throughout the day.
  • La Page Original, a Spanish graphic design and visual communications studio, has only three employees. Yet their engagement has had an impact far beyond the business itself. EMAS has helped them communicate and put into practice their ambitious environmental goals. With this clear message, they have been able to green the buying behaviour of their clients and attract new customers.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Berlin enjoys a high level of recognition for its strong committment to environmental protection and social responsibility. The hotel produces its own honey from beehives on the roof and organises local community projects. Employees feel proud to be a part of the enterprise, which has had a very positive impact on their customer service.