Sustainability in Practice

Volume 2- Sustainability in Practice: Managing Compliance with Environmental & Human Rights Law in Organisations



Given the complexity of legal requirements regarding environmental and human rights protection, compliance can be a significant challenge for Environment & Sustainability professionals. Where do you start? What are your priorities? How can you build on your existing compliance measures for success?

Sustainability in Practice: Managing Compliance with Environmental & Human Rights Law in Organisations – is your essential guide to understanding and navigating the various legal, regulatory and compliance requirements your organisation faces. It updates on IEMA’s 2005 Managing Compliance with Environmental Law Practitioner guide.

The publication clearly outlines the legal and moral duties that organisations must understand and comply with, and gives clear guidance on the considerations of growing businesses, innovation and creating value without degrading our environment or harming society. It offers members clarity and practical advice through context setting, checklists, step-by-step charts and case studies.

Written by Colleen Theron FIEMA, Director of Ardea International, Sustainability in Practice: Managing Compliance with Environmental & Human Rights Law in Organisations was developed with the involvement from over 100 IEMA members and other leading professionals gathered across four workshops and a survey.

Martin Baxter, IEMA’s Chief Policy Advisor, says that this guide will help members implement legal and compliance safeguards: The consequences of non-compliance in organisations are multifaceted and can be significant, ranging from financial penalties and damage to reputation to potential imprisonment for the very worst cases. This guide has therefore been developed to help environment and sustainability professionals put management processes in place that will help ensure compliance on an ongoing basis”.

Author Colleen Theron says that this guide is an essential “marker for organisations on how to tackle environmental and human rights compliance issues.”

Managing Compliance with Environmental & Human Rights Law in Organisations is free to download for all IEMA members. It can also be purchased in hard copy, priced at £15 for members from the IEMA member shop or £25 for non-members from the IEMA shop TODAY!

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Further Resources



  • Managing Compliance with Environmental and Human Rights Law in Organisations – IEMA’s 2nd Sustainability in Practice guide- Webinar held on 24th July, 2018 – The case study presentations and a video of the recording are available HERE
  • Managing Compliance with Environmental and Human Rights Law in Organisations – IEMA’s 2nd Sustainability in Practice guide was officially launched at the Modern Slavery and Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium 2018 on 27th September 2018
    • The plenary presentation by Colleen Theron is available here - CLICK HERE
    • The masterclass presentations are available here CLICK HERE

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