Plenary Lecture

Environmental Excellence Self-Assessement

Assistant Professor Davorin Kralj
Institute for Creative Management
Maribor, Slovenia
E-mail: davorin.kralj@amis.net

Abstract: The environmental excellence slef-assessement supports organisations develop and enhance their environmental management capabilities and sustainable development, so as to achieve high environmental performance and be more enviroment friendly and competitive. It also recognises organisations for their performance on the business and environmental excellence journey. This initiative provides a comprehensive framework to manage organisations for business and environmental excellence on sustainable way. The environmental excellence framework is aligned with the business excellence frameworks adopted for the European Excellence Award. Sustainable environmental excellent organizations can operate in different environments, with different stakeholder constituencies, and come in all shapes and sizes but what they do have in common is a mindset based on eight Fundamen¬tal Concepts of Excellence according to EFQM. Each concept is a part of sustainable business. Regardless of sector, size, structure or maturity, organisations need to establish an appropriate environmental management framework to be successful in a sustainable way. The EFQM Excellence Model upgraded to Sustainable Environmental Evcellence Model (SEEM) is a practical, non-prescriptive framework that enables organisations to: assess where they are on the path to sustainable environmental excellence; helping them to understand their key strengths and potential gaps in relation to their stated (Sustainable Environmental) Vision and Mission as well as to integrate existing and planned (sustainable environmental) initiatives, removing duplication and identifying gaps.
Supporting this framework are the three business excellence niche standards for people, innovation and service. Each of these standards focus on the organisational capabilities required for a key enabler of business excellence, such as people, innovation and service. Based on their needs and strategy, organisations could use any of the business excellence, quality, environmental or healthy standards to enhance their capabilities. Environmental Excellence Self-assessement is a first step that serve many purposes, useful as tools for environmental excellence performance evaluation and public information and starting point for continiuous improvement.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Ddr. Davorin Kralj completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (1987) and post-graduate study at the University of Maribor- Faculty of Organizational Sciences, in the area of Integral Quality Management (1991) and also post-graduate master’ study program Management and Organization - MBA at Faculty for Economics and Business in Maribor (2008). In 2009 he holds a Ph.D in the field of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and in 2012 he holds a second PhD at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. His main teaching and research areas include organizational sciences, environmental management and sustainable development. He has authored or co-authored various scientific papers and environmental patents. He has been awarded numerous certificates and awards. In 2008, have been distinguished with the silver award during the China Association of Inventions and IFIA International Federation of Inventors' Associations, the silver award during the International Jury of IENA 2008 and award of the Best Eco Inventor during the WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization.

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