Poll reveals what IEMA members want

12th October 2012

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IEMA's recent survey to establish what members need from their membership has revealed that members at all levels want three things in particular: regular updates; details on new and forthcoming legislation; and the environmentalist magazine

The survey – entitled “IEMA membership: what’s important to you?” – was carried out during August and early September and we received 1,960 responses from members, ranging from students to Fellows.

Initial analysis of the results reveal the terms members used most often when answering the question: “What is your absolute must-have in terms of keeping you up to date?”

Across all six levels of IEMA membership, the most frequently cited needs are for updates and information, details of relevant legislation and access to the environmentalist.

43.8% of survey respondents access IEMA information sources to assist them in doing their day-to-day job

The findings also highlight the issues and areas that are most important to members in their current jobs. In descending order they are: management, audit, regulation and compliance; pollution to air, water and land; resources, including water; leadership, assurance, accountability and disclosure; impact assessment; and climate change.

51.4% of survey respondents access IEMA information sources to aid their continuing professional development

Members will be pleased to know that IEMA will be using the survey findings to inform how often we provide regular updates and legislative developments, and in what format, as well as other clear requirements outlined by members.

83.7% of survey respondents access IEMA information sources to keep their environmental knowledge up to date

the environmentalist will continue to deliver everything you have come to expect from the UK’s leading environmental publication (including special supplements and themed issues) as it is evident the magazine is an essential feature of IEMA membership.

Other survey findings and further details on how the results will shape future provision and will be published in the November issue of the magazine.


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