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Environmental and Social Management System: Self-Assessment and Improvement Guide

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Environmental and Social Management System Self-Assessment and Improvement Guide is a companion publication to ESMS Handbook and Toolkit and Case Studies, which are intended to balance system development and system implementation in each of the ESMS elements.

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For quick reference on how to use the Handbook, Toolkit and Case Studies and Self-Assessment and Improvement Guide click here

There are nine sections of the Self-Assessment, one for each element in your ESMS. There are three-to-ten questions in each section. Each question has six response options. Select the response that most closely describes the situation at your com­pany. Do not worry if there is no exact match – just pick the one that you think is closest. Once you have answered all the questions in one section, calculate the score for that section by adding the point values for each question. Look up your total point value within the sum ranges in the table below and you will get a score of between 1 and 5 (5 is highest).

Sum Range Score
1-7 1
8-14 2
15-21 3
22-28 4
29-35 5

Answer as candidly and objectively as you can. Gather input from others in your company that might have knowledge about your ESMS. The purpose of this Self-Assessment is to give you an accurate measure, for your company’s own bench­marking and capacity-building purposes. The goal is to improve your ESMS, for the benefit of your company, employees and stakeholders. Remember that you can’t improve what you don’t measure.

Question Block 1 Policy

Question Block 2 Identification of Risks and Impacts

Question Block 3 Management Programs

Question Block 4 Organizational Capacity and Competency

Question Block 5 Emergency Preparedness and Response

Question Block 6 Stakeholder Engagement

Question Block 7 External Communication and Grievance Mechanism

Question Block 8 Ongoing Reporting to Affected Communities

Question Block 9 Monitoring and Evaluation

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