When I ask people how they determine their environmental aspects (activities they do that could have an impact on the environment), they often tell me that they walk around their site and assess the aspects associated with each area. So far, so good – this usually picks up the obvious things.
What is often forgotten is to think about what office-based staff are doing. Arranging distribution? In which case distribution needs to be added to your list of aspects. Sales? Travel to meetings and production of samples may need to be added. Product design? Links to all sorts of other aspects such as use of raw materials, energy use in production, maintenance of the product during use, longevity, recyclability of the product at end of life, etc.
Does your aspects assessment reflect all of your organization’s activities?