Environmental Compliance Resources For Retailers

From hazardous waste to pesticide labeling, retailers are subject to numerous environmental regulations. The Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) provides retailers with the information they need to remain compliant and improve environmental performance. Notable resources include:

  • The Compliance Leadership Model (CLM), which helps retailers implement more effective environmental compliance programs. The CLM provides a framework for a retail environmental compliance program so that retailers don’t have to start from scratch or worry about knowing all the elements of an effective program. Using the CLM, retailers can benchmark their programs, internally and with their peers, to help answer questions about appropriate program levels and resources. The CLM is also designed to help retailers optimize their programs to reduce risk and look for ways to find value in the program.
  • Retail Environmental Management System (EMS) Guidance, which  consists of explanatory modules, Excel-based tools, and sample procedures that are customized for the retail industry. The guidance is based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 standard for environmental management which follows a Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle of continuous improvement. This guidance can be used to optimize an existing EMS, pull compliance programs into an EMS framework, or to develop a new EMS. It can also be used to improve a compliance program without implementing an entire EMS.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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