A Q&A about the Changing Role of Technology in Environmental and ESG Management

Expert Connect Q&A

As the notion of being a “good corporate citizen” becomes an imperative in the eyes of stakeholders such as investors, governments and employees, Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) management is becoming top of mind for many. Learn the role that technology can play in managing ESG goals.

Expert Connect is a virtual event series that brings together EHSQ professionals, technology experts and thought leaders to discuss hot topics – all while having the audience steer the conversation by participating in live polling. On Wednesday, March 3, at 10 am EST, join Trevor Bronson, Senior Product Marketing Manager, EHS, at Intelex Technologies, ULC, for “The Changing Role of Technology in Environmental and ESG Management.”

This session is designed to examine emerging technologies making an impact on everything from old-school environmental compliance to modern-day ESG reporting, their long-term viability, and how you might be able to use them in impactful ways.

Trevor has broad experience as an EHS practitioner in compliance and EHS technologies and a systems analyst at companies as varied as Benjamin Moore, Tesla Motors and research firm Verdantix. Now, Trevor leverages his industry experience as both a senior product marketing manager for EHS products and a corporate strategy associate helping determine and execute Intelex’s near- and long-term strategic goals.

He sat down with us recently to answer some questions about his upcoming presentation and the importance of technology in achieving ESG goals.

Intelex: Can you offer us a short description of the session “The Changing Role of Technology in Environmental and ESG Management.”

Trevor: Environmental and EHS managers have been tasked with maintaining compliance with environmental regulations for as long as the profession has existed. In recent times, they’ve also been tasked with improving environmental performance, or going above and beyond what they law might require. Now, as the notion of being a “good corporate citizen” becomes an imperative in the eyes of stakeholders such as investors, governments and employees, Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) management is becoming top of mind.

This session will explore the evolution of environmental and ESG management while delving into the technology available to help do the job. It will explore the pros and cons of different technology tools, what impact technological investment may have on the space and how to best position your organization for success long into the future.

Intelex: Why is the topic of interest to you and why is it important to EHSQ professionals and Expert Connect attendees?

Trevor: ESG management (of which environmental management is a major component) is really picking up steam as we move deeper into 2021. Governments are talking about it, companies are talking about it, major consulting firms are talking about it, investors are talking about it and organizations like the UN and WEF are talking about it. With that said, there still seem to be more questions than answers – especially for the organizations that need to collect ESG data. What metrics should be collected? What reporting framework should be followed? Where are my peers on their ESG journey?

This topic interests me because I feel ESG will be a key factor in the evolution of EHS management and I want to do my part to ensure today’s EHS practitioners are ready evolve along with it.

Intelex: What are the takeaways you hope to leave with attendees?

Trevor: I hope that attendees leave with a firm understanding of:

  • The most common pitfalls in the environmental/ESG management process
  • The technologies available today to streamline and optimize the relevant processes
  • How ESG will alter the roles/responsibilities of the EHS practitioner’s role moving forward.

Intelex: Please share an example of a personal or professional experience you’ve had related to EHSQ leadership or the topic of the session.

Trevor: I’ve been fortunate enough to see the EHS world from almost every angle: two practitioner roles, one EHS systems administration role, an EHS technology analyst role, and now a strategy and marketing role at an EHS software company. There have been a few common threads that have followed me on that journey, but one that stands out in the context of this session is a desire to better support environmental sustainability.

At the utility company, it was reducing emissions. At the automotive manufacturer, it was creating a Sustainability Code of Conduct. At the chemical manufacturer, it was reducing food waste from the company cafeteria… The point is, everyone cares, and everyone wants to contribute. I’m think I speak for virtually all of my EHS peers when I say I am humbled, proud and eager to keep doing work that is so material to our future.

Intelex: What do you think are some of the most pressing EHSQ/Supplier Management/Risk Management/Sustainability issues facing corporate leaders and safety professionals in 2021 and beyond?

Trevor: Aside from the normal issues – compliance, risk management, etc. – I think an interesting new issue for EHS leaders is how to handle their newfound stage. Never before have safety concerns so important to almost every individual within a business, and this increased awareness is here to stay. Do EHS leaders know how to communicate effectively with the C-suite? Are they ready for more scrutiny on the data they report? More comparisons against peers? More attention from the financial world? I fully expect EHS leaders to take advantage of this opportunity to have a louder voice and am excited to see how it plays out.

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Director of Global Content and Brand for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has been the keynote speaker for occupational safety and health conferences.

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