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Environmental Management System (EMS) in their corporate structures to enable them attain stipulated environmental standards for operation (Cheremisinoff, 2003).The company for which this audit process has been commissioned is an example of many such manufacturing companies that have embraced EMS due to the advantages associated with its implementation as far as environmental compliance is concerned. The EMS actually includes strategic planning activities, company organizational structure and implementation of environmental policy as an integral part of the manufacturing process (Hess, 2007). The company believes that EMS as a tool is useful both for compliance with national environmental legislation as well as addressing stakeholder pressure. The tool has also helped the company to improve its image as well as raise environmental awareness among its workers and owners, as such the company wishes to undertake an environmental compliance audit as part of the larger EMS and also as part of the journey towards fully embracing and implementing ISO 14001. Auditing is one of the most important and integral parts of environmental management systems (Kuhre, 2005).In the past two decades or so there has been an increasing need for companies to demonstrate their good environmental management practices to a wide range of stakeholders for different reasons including legal compliance and company image protection (Greeno et al. Participation in ISO 14001 as well as the EU’s voluntary Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) requires companies to have their environmental performance measured and verified for compliance with established standards (ICC, 2010), periodic environmental audits form part of this process. Environmental auditing has been defined by (Harrison, 2005) as an organization’s means of gathering environmental information to see whether or not the organization is environmentally sound. Auditing is largely an internal issue, not really a regulatory issue and it is related to compliance with relevant statutory requirements, promotion of good environmental management practices, and maintaining credibility with the public among other things (CCME, 2006). For this company, the auditing process was largely aimed towards establishing the performance baseline for the development of ISO 14001 and exploring improvement opportunities.This company needs a self/system audit to be carried out so as to evaluate its environmental programs, systems and

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