The Value of Environmental Auditing: IEMA Senior Management Briefing

28th May 2021

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At the end of March, the IEMA Working Group on Environmental Auditing launched The Value of Environmental Auditing: an IEMA Senior Management Briefing.

The document builds on the previous IEMA briefing papers on this topic, which have focused on professionals responsible for managing environmental audit programmes.

This senior management edition provides a concise overview of the value of environmental auditing for those with responsibility for audits.

It includes an overview of the organisational benefits of internal and external audits, the financial value that audits can bring, and a list of

key approaches to auditing, plus a breakdown of requirements for the successful completion of internal and external audits.

“Environmental auditing can be a key driver of effectiveness and resilience, supporting senior management in fulfilling their organisational goals to transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient future,” says IEMA policy and engagement lead Marc Jourdan. “This briefing showcases to senior management, who have responsibility for the audits, how an environmental audit undertaken by skilled professionals can reduce risks while adding greater social and environmental value.”

The document was launched via webinar by the working group, with industry insights from Skanska and a regulator’s perspective delivered by the Environment Agency. If you missed the session,you can watch it again on the IEMA Watch Again page (, and you can download the report from the IEMA Reading Room (

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