ESG Is Changing the Scope of EHS

Meeting ESG requirements is a priority for many organizations, which is changing the role of the EHS professional. 
Meeting ESG requirements is a priority for many organizations, which is changing the role of the EHS professional. 

ESG (environmental, social and governance) has become a global priority. It requires organizations to monitor, measure and report on a number of factors that contribute to the well-being of the global community, such as sustainability, health and safety, diversity and ethical business practices. While many organizations are already making considerable progress in these areas, others are finding themselves under increasing pressure to meet new regulatory requirements and customer expectations. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ebb and flow, many organizations around the world are working hard to come to terms with a future defined by the responsibility of managing risk and protecting the resources that support our societies and economies. The last two years have provided a sudden and severe wake-up call to the entire world. In what seemed like a mere moment, economies and societies locked down, government … Read more...

Intelex Leans In to Support Customers in their Health, Safety and ESG Journeys

ESG is an opportunity for EHS professionals to maximize the positive impact they have on their employees and the sustainability of their businesses.

As we embark on a new year, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you on behalf of the entire Intelex team for trusting us to be your partners in health, safety and sustainability. We feel a deep sense of purpose and honor to be part of your mission to ensure the health and safety of your people, the efficiency of your operations and the environmental stewardship of your business. We take this responsibility seriously, and we are tireless in our pursuit of continuous improvement so that we continuously raise the level of service we provide our customers. This is only possible through close partnership with you, and for that we are grateful.

I’d also like to take a moment to introduce myself. I joined Intelex last month because I am inspired by the profoundly meaningful impact we have on the world through our customers, and by the unique … Read more...

Four Reasons Why Senior Leaders Should Care about ESG Materiality

Here are four reasons that will convince even the most skeptical of business leaders on why running an ESG materiality assessment is now more important than ever before. 
If you are finding it difficult to win the attention of your company’s board members and senior leaders over ESG materiality, here are four reasons that will convince even the most skeptical of business leaders on why running a materiality assessment is now more important than ever before. 

A Materiality assessment, when conducted as a strategic process, across key operational areas of the company (sustainability, legal, strategy, risk) and not as an isolated exercise, has proven to produce a number of positive outcomes. 

For instance, a clear assessment of material issues followed by transparent reporting, shows an improvement in a company’s performance while reducing its exposure to different risks – including reputational, financial and legal. Moreover, a credible and detailed explanation of materiality has been determined as a fundamental requirement to attract investors, and a meaningful argument to get the board and executives buy-in. 

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Water Management Is the Wave of the Future

Companies that operate in regulated industries or those that are interested in improving how they manage water and wastewater both benefit from water quality management.
Companies that operate in regulated industries or those that are interested in improving how they manage water and wastewater both benefit from water quality management.

As wildfires, heatwaves and droughts become more common and more deadly around the globe, everyone is starting to take climate change more seriously. Until recently, many companies would “talk the talk” and promote their organization’s green initiatives to fool the consumer, but that is no longer the case. The reality of climate change, along with other factors, are driving companies to “walk the talk” and aggressively improve sustainability efforts as part of their corporate ESG strategy.

There are many ways for companies to improve sustainability. One approach is to reduce energy consumption and invest in renewable energy sources. Companies that operate in regulated industries must manage their water consumption and wastewater discharge; solid and hazardous waste treatment and disposal as well as greenhouse … Read more...

Second Week Highlights from COP26 – The Good and Bad News

Global leaders pledged to work towards ensuring that by 2040 or earlier and no later than 2035 in leading markets all new cars and vans sold will be zero emission vehicles.
Global leaders pledged to work towards ensuring that by 2040 or earlier and no later than 2035 in leading markets all new cars and vans sold will be zero emission vehicles.

“We have kept 1.5°C (global warming limit by the end of the century) alive. But its pulse is weak, and it will only survive if we keep our promises and translate commitments into rapid action.” – COP26 President Alok Sharma

Therein lies the ultimate question as leaders of the world breakoff from the conclusion of COP26. Political will seems absent, particularly among the biggest carbon dioxide-emitting nations, to take rapid action?

But let’s start with the positive. A mere two years ago, only 30 percent of the world was committed to net zero greenhouse gas emission targets and at the conclusion of COP26 it now stands at around 90 percent with 154 parties having submitted new CO2 national targets … Read more...

Insights from NAEM Part III: Technology, Empathy and Diversity

Highlights from the NAEM conference on EHS and sustainability featured expert knowledge on machine learning, change management and workplace diversity, all of which will be important themes in the post-pandemic world.

The EHS & Sustainability Management Forum from the National Association of EHS&S Management (NAEM) demonstrated the importance of balancing cutting-edge technology innovation with human empathy, dignity and inclusion, which will become an increasingly important theme in 2022. Here is a summary of some select sessions:

The Human Side of EHS&S

While conversations about data and digital transformation dominate the marketplace, it’s easy to neglect the needs of the humans who make up the workforce in EHS&S. The morning roundtable discussion on the human side of EHS&S explored how technology and change management need to operate hand-in-hand for organizations to find success.

The role of digital technology as both a tool and a goal was an important theme. … Read more...

Highlights from COP26 – Will Leaders Deliver on Promises Made?

The tools needed to solve the environment crisis exist and commitments promised by world leaders last week could help the world move towards solutions.
Over 130 leaders of countries representing more than 90 percent of the world’s forests pledged to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030.

The halfway point of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP26 saw many green commitments made by world leaders, but will these promises be kept?

Judging by a historical lack of collective action from the international community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the answer to that question would seem to be a resounding “no!” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had estimated in 2011 that limiting global average temperature increases to 1.5C would require a reduction of carbon dioxide or CO2 emissions of 45 percent in 2030, or a 25 percent reduction by 2030 to limit warming to 2C.  

Discouraging news came this week with the latest results of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) from more than 100 nations monitoring their CO2 … Read more...

Resiliency and Risk: Lessons from the Adaptation Gap Report 2021

At COP26, work is being done to figure out how we can adapt to inevitable climate disruption and protect vulnerable people, closing the adaptation gap.

The Gathering Storm: Adapting to climate change in a post-pandemic world is the 2021 Adaption Gap Report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As Glasgow hosts a diverse group of stakeholders at COP26, the Adaption Gap Report (AGR2021) assess global trends in the planning, finance and implementation of adaptation efforts to mitigate the impact of global warming. 

The basis of the report is that even the most optimistic of achievements to curb global warming—including reaching the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050—are probably not sufficient to undo the damage that has already been done. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its report Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, recently concluded that the impact of global warming, particularly on the oceans and ice sheets, is irreversible, and that … Read more...

Insights from NAEM Part II: Risk and Regulations

The NAEM conference on sustainability delivered expert insights on ESG, the impact of ESG on EHS professionals, risk and the outlook for environmental regulations in 2022. Read our summary of select sessions to learn how EHS is leading the way to ESG success.
A session on understanding risk and resilience in ESG gave attendees a solid grounding in the who, what, when, where and why of managing ESG. The discussion began by defining ESG as a collective consciousness for social and environmental factors with risk management and value opportunities.

Day Two of the EHS & Sustainability Management Forum from the National Association of EHS&S Management (NAEM) brought together subject matter experts to examine the impact ESG is having on the EHS practice, as well as new EHS regulations on the horizon for 2022. Here are some highlights from select sessions. 

Morning Coffee Roundtable 

The first discussion of the day explored some of the key themes relating to ESG and its place in the practice of EHS, including disclosure demands, data collection, team composition and supplier engagement.  

Participants discussed the overall increase in market pressure relating to ESG. Customer inquiries about ESG requirements relating … Read more...

COP26 and the Scary Season of Environmental Urgency

Where does the world stand in achieving the 2° – and 1.5°C ideal – for global warming? A much more detailed answer is forthcoming as COP26 bears witness to nationally determined contribution (NDC)
Nothing is more intensive and polluting than coal and there continues to be significant reliance upon it for two-thirds of the world’s electricity production. Switch to LED bulbs to reduce electriity consumption. Save the planet while saving money!

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland—COP26—begins on the frightful day of Halloween.

These are scary times on the environmental front and the global risk of damaging climate change has never been greater. More chilling is the fact that the window for averting the worst is rapidly closing. The time to act is now.

So, this year’s 26th annual conference—the first was held in 1995—features world leaders from more than 190 countries and is the most crucial ever. Will the international community at last heed the urgency and aggressively act on reducing carbon emissions and slowing the rate of inevitable climate … Read more...