Suitable environmental management accreditation (EMA) can help SMEs (Small or Medium Enterprises) attract new customers and can bring success in tendering to larger organisations, like councils and corporate businesses.

According to research undertaken by the University of Derby, SMEs see EMA as a source of differentiation in the market.

This two-unit online course will help SME decision-makers to identify which environmental accreditation or standard is most suitable for their needs in a time-efficient and convenient way. It will also arm business owners with the knowledge and awareness to secure the right (often free) support that will help them to secure accreditation. It is aimed at micro and small businesses, which commonly find the costs of environmental management accreditation prohibitive. 

Watch our Introduction to Value Mapping for Pro-Environmental Business video.

Gain a Certificate and digital badges to recognise your CPD achievement

Upon successful completion of this professional development course, you will be awarded with an E-Certificate of Completion from the University of Derby to recognise your achievement and your commitment to continuing professional development (CPD), allowing you to provide evidence to a professional body or to your employer or simply for inclusion in your personal development portfolio.

You will also gain a digital badge for each unit that you complete, recognising your efforts for each stage of the course.

Whilst this course does not lead to University credits, it can be used to evidence your CPD and experiential learning.

During the Value Mapping for Pro-Environmental Business professional development course, you can expect to:

  • Describe what a pro-environmental value proposition is 
  • List at least two tools that can assist individuals and businesses in completing a value proposition canvas
  • Discuss the term ‘triple bottom line’
  • Undertake and apply a value mapping exercise
  • Explain the differences between environmental badges, standards and schemes
  • Identify what might be the best approach for your organisation
  • List the benefits to your organisation of each approach
  • Compile a list of local initiatives and support to progress an EMA

Funding Available

This course is made available through the D2EE (D2 Area Energy & Efficiency) project which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

As a result, it is free to study for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2).