5 Ways EHS Professionals Can Support ESG Initiatives

As a result of corporate ESG framework requirements, EHS professionals are getting opportunities to be real business partners.

A move by organizations everywhere to adopt environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria could be today’s primary catalyst in transforming the future role of the environment, health and safety (EHS) profession.

ESG issues have taken on an increased sense of urgency for businesses around the world as public opinion becomes sensitive to social and environmental issues. Regulatory changes are expected to set the jumping off point for organizations, and investors and companies will need to have strong frameworks for identifying ESG risks with overall mechanisms and tracking capabilities as part of their management systems.

During an Intelex-sponsored EHS Today webinar in June discussing how safety professionals can support ESG initiatives, Ashley Gill, regional safety manager for Valicor Environmental Services, said there traditionally has been a disconnect between EHS professionals and business … Read more...

Research Shows ESG and EHS Connect People, the Planet and Profits

Recent Intelex research reveals the companies that a customer chooses to do business with, in addition to how these organizations treat employees, people and the planet are interconnected considerations with a significant impact on the future success of an organization.

The research report, Engaging Workers Growing Business and Protecting the Planet, reveals the common thread that ties these considerations together, according to those surveyed, is the application of environment, social and governance (ESG) criteria and environmental health and safety (EHS).

The report, commissioned by Intelex, surveyed more than 700 EHS and ESG professionals from 10 European countries, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

The second chapter of the report, The Business Impact of Getting it Right (or Wrong), examines how doing the right things can have far-reaching consequences and affect everything from how easy it is for an organization to attract … Read more...

What’s the ESG Value Prop for EHS Practitioners?

Environment, health and safety concerns could all too easily be ignored by business professionals in the past unless there was a significant miss in compliance and targets or a major occupational health and safety incident. But as the importance of environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) become a growing concern for corporations, the mission of EHS has taken on new relevance and value.

Many of today’s investors are making bets on companies that are “good for the planet” and doing their part to protect people and the environment. Likewise, more and more consumers want to put their money and loyalty behind such brands.

Research shows nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Americans say they would pay more for sustainable products and 78 percent of people are more likely to purchase a product that is clearly labeled as environmentally friendly. What’s more, 77 percent of Americans say they are concerned … Read more...

Understanding the Impact of AI on ESG

As ESG frameworks begin to move from voluntary to mandatory, the data required to meet these obligations will increase. Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions will have to replace traditional approaches to managing information if organizations want to remain compliant.
As ESG frameworks begin to move from voluntary to mandatory, the data required to meet these obligations will increase. Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions will have to replace traditional approaches to managing information if organizations want to remain compliant.

Over the last few years, the world has started to look like a very different place. A global pandemic, international political instability, a drastic increase in climate-related disasters and greater calls for an end to social inequalities are changing the way we look at the world and the way we interact with our stakeholders. As just one example, according to the World Meteorological Association, there have been 11,000 reported weather-related disasters resulting in more than 2 million deaths and USD $3.64 trillion in damage since 1970. With many environmental researchers predicting that this is likely to worsen in the decades ahead, it becomes clear that we are living in a time … Read more...

ESG Considerations Mean We Must Change the Way We Think About Risk

Mitigating ESG risk in a world of seemingly constant disruption isn’t an easy task, but there is help. Risk frameworks are critical for incorporating risk-based thinking for ESG into your organization’s strategic vision.
Mitigating ESG risk in a world of seemingly constant disruption isn’t an easy task, but there is help. Risk frameworks are critical for incorporating risk-based thinking for ESG into your organization’s strategic vision.

In his annual letter to CEOs, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink described the decarbonization of the economy as “the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime.” He also noted that “we focus on sustainability not because we’re environmentalists, but because we’re capitalists and fiduciaries to our clients.” In other words, ESG’s focus on sustainable economies that serve the interests of diverse stakeholders is a fundamental tenet of capitalism.

However, Fink sounds a note of caution regarding the risks involved in ESG. “It will also leave behind companies that don’t adapt, regardless of what industry they are in,” Fink says. “And just as some companies risk being left behind, so do cities and countries that don’t plan for the future. … Read more...

Cory: No Waste from Waste

By focusing on recycling and resource recovery, Cory keeps materials in use for as long as possible and helps grow London’s circular economy.

Cory’s goal is to ensure London has a safe, clean and sustainable way of managing its recyclable and non-recyclable waste. The company uses a river-based infrastructure to help London manage its recyclable and non-recyclable waste, making the city cleaner and safer.

Founded in the mid–late 1800s and incorporated 125 years ago in 1896 as W.M. Cory & Son, the company has evolved from a coal distribution company on the River Thames into one of the UK’s leading waste management, recycling and energy recovery companies. Their vision is to be partner of choice for sustainable waste management throughout London and the South East of England.

The company’s vision is to be the partner of choice for sustainable waste management for London, with the objective of preventing unnecessary … Read more...

Workers’ Memorial Day: Remembering the Dead, Fighting for the Living

On April 28 every year, the world pauses to remember and honor the workers who have died from workplace injuries and illnesses. The day serves as a reminder that we must work together to achieve safer and healthier workplaces and a more sustainable world.  

At Intelex, we’ve dedicated our careers to preventing death on the job and protecting the planet. We are proud sponsors of the National Safety Council’s Work to Zero initiative, which helps educate employers about new technological safety advancements that promise to reduce and ultimately end workplace deaths by the year 2050. For 30 years, Intelex has understood that data and technology play a critical role in reducing workplace incidents, making an aspirational goal like zero workplace deaths by 2050 achievable.  

Each year, on Workers’ Memorial Day, we stop to remember why we are so passionate about our work. 

According to the International Labour Organization, an … Read more...

Lessons from the U.S. Army Climate Change Strategy

As the threat of climate change becomes a reality, the world will become a more dangerous place. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Army has released its first climate change strategy.
As the threat of climate change becomes a reality, the world will become a more dangerous place. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Army has released its first climate change strategy.

One doesn’t usually think of the military as being concerned primarily with sustainability. However, the U.S. Army is proving that climate change preparation is necessary for every organization by releasing its first ever Climate Strategy. The strategy emphasizes making the Army more adaptive and resilient to a changing world while decarbonizing its operations in line with the government’s overall approach to meeting climate reduction targets.

This approach will be an important component of a strategy designed to increase the Army’s self-sufficiency and maintain its operational superiority in the face of climate-related disruption. The U.S. Army generates more pollution than 140 of the countries in the world, which means its sustainability efforts will make a significant contribution to international … Read more...

Earth Day & Emissions: Net Zero Needed by 2050 to Limit Global Warming

Emissions must be dramatically reduced within this decade and decline to net zero by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

If you follow this blog, you’ve heard us mention our support of efforts to eliminate death on the job by 2050. These efforts are part of the Work to Zero initiative from the National Safety Council. Funded by the McElhattan FoundationWork to Zero is making innovation more accessible by helping employers explore the value of safety technology and how to determine an organization’s readiness for adopting new technology solutions.

But eliminating death on the job isn’t the only “zero” we’re thinking about. On April 5, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the third part of its Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. The other parts of the report is AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2022 and AR6 Climate Change 2022: Read more...

How the War in Ukraine Is Impacting ESG and Supply Chain

Business resiliency and crisis management are more critical than ever, and supply chains that can adapt quickly to global disruption by developing diverse supplier relationships should become the norm and not the exception.

Russian’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 marked a radical shift in global geopolitics. Almost two years after the COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented global disruption, the rapid changes across Eastern Europe has further demonstrated that the world as it existed in 2019 is over.

As Blackrock’s Larry Fink has pointed out, the era of globalization that we’ve come to consider the natural order of things over the last 30 years is over. Only time will tell what the implications of these events will be. In the meantime, organizations will have to come to terms with new ways of working in a world in which cataclysmic disruptions can happen in a day and change the global landscape … Read more...