If you're having trouble keeping up with all environmental laws your company needs to know about, you might want to consider investing in some compliance software from the likes of Foresite Systems.
The company's develops and consults with a series of applications called the Global Environmental Management System, which follows the various packaging, materials, environmental and sustainability regulations that businesses need to worry about. Sort of like the Sarbanes-Oxley problem of manufacturing companies.
Among the areas that are a focus for the software include the REACH legislation required within the European Union, worldwide packaging directives, as well as the RoHS and WEEE laws. The software is even targeted at smaller manufacturers or logistics companies: such as the ones that might be affected by Wal-Mart's sustainability initiatives.
If you know what any of this means, it's probably safe to assume that your company needs to worry about these things. Two things you should know about this software: First, company executives say that it interfaces with established systems because data to make decisions about these things usually sits in a bunch of different places. And, second, the company also has just come up with a management module that lets you tie more than one of its different compliance modules together.