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Annual support contract

Successful management of  the environmental impacts of your business is important in terms of mitigating legal risk, minimising costs and grasping opportunity for continual improvement.

Environmental management is regulated significantly, with a plethora of European Directives and national regulations governing everything from energy efficiency and carbon output through to packaging, waste management and pollution.  Failure to comply can lead to costly fines, damaging publicity and potentially even sanctions against individual officers. 

Regulation is only one driver. Resource efficiency brings commercial benefits in their own right: savings on energy and other resource costs, reductions in quantities of waste generated and, hence, disposal costs leading to improvement in competitiveness.  For many organisations, environmental performance may play a key part in their ability to win business through the supply chain, or in the way they would like to be perceived in the market or by other stakeholders.

You can’t be expected to be an expert in all these disciplines.

Workplace Law can help, because managing and improving the environmental performance of our clients is our core business.

The Workplace Law environmental support contract provides you with total support, 365 days of the year. Since every organisation is unique, so is our support contract – tailored to meet the specific needs of your business, your people, and the sector you operate in.

The level of support can be designed to either assist your environmental team, or act as your trusted advisor on any aspects of sustainability, resource efficiency or environmental compliance. We offer sensible, pragmatic advice concentrating on practical action to control significant risks – not over-responding to trivial issues.  We can help drive continual environmental improvement in your organisation to help you reduce risk, cut costs and increase marketability.

What the annual support contract includes:

  • Unlimited telephone and email support on environmental issues.
  • Unlimited online support for confidential and/or public questions.
  • Initial environmental compliance audit, which includes a review of your organisation’s environmental policies and documentation.
  • Management assistance: where necessary, attendance at Sustainability / Environmental Committee meetings, including ongoing monitoring and assisting with any day-to-day environmental issues.
  • Free Info Centre subscription.
  • Unlimited access to www.workplacelaw.net
  • Three free copies of the annual Workplace Law Handbook.
  • Saving of 10% on all goods and services from Workplace Law.

Why choose Workplace Law?

We are an independent company whose strategy is to develop successful long-term relationships with our clients. We can only do this by working in partnership with you and meeting your individual needs.

Our intent is to enable you to make decisions that are right, by offering pragmatic and legally compliant solutions that are aligned with your objectives and based on your policies and procedures.

We offer an account-managed service that gives you unlimited access to the dedicated practitioners in our team. By working with them on an ongoing basis, we can respond quicker and provide more consistent advice than organisations that offer a ‘call centre’.

We believe that cultural change is vital to the acceptance of environmental management within your organisation, and our aim is to help you drive it from the top.

Everything we do for clients is bespoke: while we operate to recognised environmental principles and practices, we work to support our clients, rather than imposing a fixed solution on them.

Our information and advice service won national recognition from the esteemed Periodical Publishers Association as the Best Business Subscription Website in 2008. We are approved by the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) to train Foundation and Associate certificate level courses in environmental management, and won the Silver award for best online distance learning programme at the 2011 E-Learning Age Awards for our IEMA Foundation course.

Our environmental consultants are qualified to IEMA Associate level (as a minimum) and are experienced trainers, consultants and practitioners. Our quality assurance process and CPD programmes ensure high standards with regard both to technical knowledge and levels of customer service.

Personal service

Unlike our competitors, we don’t impose a standard system on you. We work with you to produce an environmental management system that is appropriate to your business, rather than making you use ours. And, wherever possible, you will speak to the same technical account manager every time. The result: less confusion, less clutter, and better buy-in.

Very competitive rates

Because our environmental support contract is tailored specifically for your business, we don’t charge you for what you don’t want. Our rates are transparent and offer great value – we specify the service level agreement with you, and deliver against it. You can also save 10% on additional environmental management services, including IEMA approved training.

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Benefits

  • Compliance with environmental legislation not only protects you from potential prosecutions but also demonstrates your management commitment and helps to improve employee morale.
  • Effectively manage environmental impacts and reduce risk, improve resource efficiency and increase the positive impact on society and the environment.
  • Improved environmental performance reduces costs and improves marketability.
  • Better environmental management means your organisation has a better image with regulatory authorities, your customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.
  • Our personalised and tailored support will prevent confusion and save you time and administrative burdens.
  • Competitive rates and 10% discount on additional environmental services.

Case studies

Kuehne + Nagel: Managing environmental risk

Workplace Law is delivering the training of Kuehne + Nagel environmental champions staff through a year-long programme –delivering the four-day IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management in a combination of elearning, in-house courses and as part of public courses at the Workplace Law Executive Centre.

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BNP Paribas Sustainability Estates Training Package

In 2012 Workplace Law was asked to develop and deliver a property management-focused sustainability training course for BNP Paribas Real Estate UK. This is a branch of BNP Paribas bank, which provides a number of property services including development, management and investment of property portfolios across the UK.

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Assisting Shelter: Implementing ISO 14001

Workplace Law was appointed in the final quarter of 2012 to assist Shelter with the implementation of an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Shelter wished to reduce its environmental impact, secure funding and make operational cost savings.

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Helping Chaps Ltd get CHAS accredited

"In 2009 Chaps Ltd recognised that it needed to improve its health and safety systems. We changed our Health and Safety consultants to Workplace Law in order to give us a fresh approach towards our management of health and safety and to gain specialist construction advice.

"By using their expertise and experience Simon and Maria have guided us into developing a health and safety system that has achieved CHAS accreditation and given our customers and principle contractor’s confidence in our management of health and safety. They have always been available to offer advice when needed and to provide independent site inspections and audits which are often required by our customers.

"Both Simon and Maria continue to support Chaps Ltd and have become an important, integral part of our Health and Safety Management System."

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Testimonials

"When reviewing our need for Employment Law Support, a number of companies were shortlisted and Workplace Law were chosen due to the professionalism and advice they provided. Since engaging with them they have proved to be an excellent ‘sounding board’, guide and always at the end of an email or call to give practical, commercially sound advice. The support given for a ‘handed over’ tribunal was second to none and a positive outcome. I’d recommend Workplace Law to any business that was looking for comprehensive, professional and sound employment advice." Caroline Lupton, Anson
"Having the Workplace Law Annual Support Contract in place provides our business with essential on-going day to day HR support in dealing with the wide range of personnel issues we face and in supporting our managers. As well as being legally sound the advice is both pragmatic and commercially focussed with an excellent response rate provided to our enquiries. All the HR Consultants in the team are approachable, professional and extremely capable in helping us work through the many diverse challenges we face to ensure that people are treated lawfully and fairly. The support ranges from day to day email and telephone advice to excellent consultancy service for more complex issues. We hope to be able to continue with this partnership well into the future and would have no hesitation in recommending the HR support that Workplace Law are able to provide to other businesses." Gill Baglin, Brewers
"We were very pleased with the way Workplace Law carried out our fire risk assessments in the College and hostels. They worked very closely with us throughout the process and produced a comprehensive set of risk assessments that met our requirements perfectly." Bob Smith, Magdalene College
"The proactive stance taken by Workplace Law CDM-C’s on our projects has created a positive attitude to problem solving between the design, delivery and client teams. In many cases our clients are introduced to the CDM regulations for the first time as ‘lay clients’ and need a high degree of hand holding to stay with the spirit and letter of the law. This could lead to costly delays in the works. This has proved not to be the case and all our key objectives are met." Mark Myers, The Harmsen Group
"On the whole I have attended many courses and undertaken a variety of qualifications over the years and this course has been by far the most valuable to me in terms of the knowledge, confidence and enhancement to my working capability and therefore fantastic value for money. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this course to anyone looking to develop their operational HR skills or for managers having to deal with front line people matters." Jennifer Caswell, Great Yarmouth Port Company
"I really want to thank Workplace Law for the fantastic work you have done on our highly complex project. I know it was not easy to gather all the sensitive information from so many people. Myself and the MD have read the report and are both delighted with the clear and easy to understand way the whole report is laid out. The recommendations were spot on and it certainly helped clarify the issues. I am sure we will be calling on your services again." Thank you. Karen Todd, ACS International Schools

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