Definition of "Small Business"
For the Green Leaders program, a “small business” is any facility with fewer than 50 full-time employees. This provision also encourages small facilities within larger companies to participate in Green Leaders.
Based on input from small business representatives, certain provisions were designed to meet small business’ special needs:
- Environmental Management Systems.
DES recognizes that the scope and level of formality of the EMS will vary, depending on the nature, size, and complexity of the facility. DES's experience with a wide variety of organizations suggests that these EMS elements are within the capability of small facilities and can be met through a variety of approaches. To help small facilities implement an EMS, DES will make guidance documents and assistance materials available.
- Continuous Improvement.
Small businesses have the option of documenting improvement for at least one environmental aspect from any category. In making future performance goals, small facilities should select at least two aspects from two or more categories.
- Public Outreach and Performance Reporting.
There is no standard set of outreach activities beyond the Annual Performance Report. Each facility's approach to community reporting beyond the annual performance report will depend on its size, scale of operations, and setting. At a minimum, a small facility should be able to document that it has designated a point of contact with direct access to facility management and has adopted procedures for responding to questions or concerns of local residents.
- Sustained Compliance.
Small facilities need to have a record of sustained compliance in the same manner as other facilities participating in Green Leaders.
- Annual Performance Reporting to DES.
DES will provide assistance in this area for small facilities. A facility should maintain onsite the supporting records and documents used to prepare its Annual Performance Report and make this material available to DES upon DES’s request.