Staying Focused Key Step to ESG Reporting Success: Panel

 key step in the ESG process is creating a core document, often referred to as a corporate sustainability report, that encapsulates a company’s overall mission around ESG and how they intend to meet their goals.
A key step in the ESG process is creating a core document, often referred to as a corporate sustainability report, that encapsulates a company’s overall mission around ESG and how they intend to meet their goals.

It’s tough to surf through business news or visit a company’s website without coming across a mention of ESG – Environmental, Social & Governance. The term refers to a firm’s collective efforts to conduct business in ways that benefit the environment and ensure social equality within its workplaces. Increasingly, stakeholders are basing their opinions and investment choices on how well companies are performing in these areas.

Getting ESG right is, quite simply, now a corporate imperative.

The challenge for firms to not only improve their ESG outcomes but also to communicate their progress to an incredibly attentive public can be monumental, particularly for those just starting out on their ESG measurement and reporting … Read more...

Global Supply Chain Fragility Could Have Us Singing the Holiday Blues

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that the supply chain can never go back to the way it was pre-pandemic. We’ve learned too much about its fragility and lack of flexibility to choose returning to the status quo.

After a tumultuous year, Canadians have many things for which we can be thankful. So far, a resilient supply chain has been one of them, but that might be about to end, just in time to spoil the holidays. From labor and equipment shortages to process inefficiencies, the cracks in the global supply chain are showing signs of severe pressure that could make it difficult to meet the demands of holiday shopping.  

When the COVID-19 pandemic overtook the world in early 2020, there were dire predictions that the supply chain for critical items like food and medical supplies would collapse. While there were some early disruptions, such as the shortage of personal protective equipment … Read more...

Here’s How ESG Will Further the Cause of EHS

ESG will further the cause of EHSQ
No doubt most EHS professionals would rightly declare the work they’ve been doing has aligned with many ESG principles all along.

Ever-growing interest by financial investors and consumers in companies that do the right things for people and the planet by adhering to the guiding principles of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria is great news for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) concerns.

What does one have to do with the other?

EHS has long been positioned as a cost avoidance function to protect company profits through protection programming. But with growing interest by businesses and their efforts to align with ESG, the one will most definitely help the other. 

“With ESG, there’s a triple bottom line: profit, people, and the planet that will be demanded not only by the internal stakeholder, but the consumer and those looking to invest as shareholders,” says Intelex Vice-President of Health and Safety, Scott Read more...

Three Reasons Why ESG Is Taking Off at a Sprint, Not a Walk

No matter what business sector you are in, there is an opportunity for ESG to shine within your operations.
Younger generations will expect sustainable products, not just be delighted by them. No matter what business sector you are in, there is an opportunity for ESG to shine within your operations.

As I laced up my Brooks Ghost 14 running shoes after years of relative inactivity, I felt two things: 1) relief that I was able to work out again and 2) pride that I was practicing what I preach, namely sustainability and ESG.

The Ghost is Brooks’ most well-known model, one that I fell in love with when I started running. According to their website (Carbon Neutral Ghost 14 | Brooks Running), the latest Ghost iteration is carbon neutral – something that one normally doesn’t think about when purchasing shoes, but a feature that increasingly is becoming important to consumers. When I read that the shoe was carbon neutral, I couldn’t help but see what that … Read more...

Intelex’s VP of Environment & Sustainability Michael Tuohy Honored as a Sustainability Hero

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2021 Sustainability Award Winners Announced by the Business Intelligence Group

Today, the Business Intelligence Group announced the winners in the 2021 Sustainability Awards program. Michael Tuohy, VP of Environment and Sustainability, was named a Sustainability Hero of the Year.

The Sustainability Awards honor those who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice. “We are so proud to reward and recognize all of our winners and finalists, as they provide the leadership and vision needed to protect our environment,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer, Business Intelligence Group. 

Organizations of all sizes submitted nominations to reward team members and gain exposure for the organization, its initiatives and the exemplary accomplishments of its leaders as they work to reduce their impact on our environment. 

“Intelex is a company that not only says it values ESG, but truly believes in the importance of it and takes actions that genuinely help … Read more...

Labor Rights Week 2021: Building a Future that Empowers all Workers

Labor Rights Week empowers workers

This year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is recognizing Labor Rights Week from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, 2021.

“Many immigrant workers have performed essential duties throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” write Jim Frederick, acting assistant secretary for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Jessica Looman, acting administrator for DOL’s Wage and Hour Division in a DOL blog. “It is important that they have meaningful access to information about their rights as they work diligently during these challenging times. It’s also important that employers understand their responsibilities and meet their obligations. We are committed to working together through education and compliance assistance.”

During Labor Rights Week, Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, DOL is hoping to get the word out that ALL workers have the same right to a safe workplace and fair pay, as well as the right to report possible violations without retaliation. That’s because … Read more...

The Deep End: Four Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Risk It When It Comes to Corporate Compliance

Everyone has a different risk tolerance. For example, I recently discovered that my risk tolerance for pool access is higher then previously thought.

It took three hours to get each kid ready for the pool, one hour of which was spent agonizing over an outfit. There were last minute diaper changes, food requests and preparatory complications. Once we finally made it to the pool, nature intervened, and one kid had to return home. In the meantime, it was closing time for the pool and rather than have her miss pool time, I decided I was going into the pool with her even though it was against pool rules.

The lifeguard confronted me, and I challenged him to fine me for that extra little bit of pool time. He admitted he had no authority to do that, but he said he could suspend me instead. In the end nothing happened, but … Read more...

Biden’s FY 2022 EPA Budget: $11.2 Billion with Focus on Environmental Justice and Science

U.S. President Joe Biden’s FY 2022 budget request of $11.2 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency makes historic investments in environmental justice, science and support for the agency’s state and local programs, and reverses years of declining operating budgets

Submitted to Congress on May 28, 2021, the budget advances key EPA priorities, including tackling climate change, advancing environmental justice, protecting public health, improving infrastructure, creating jobs and supporting and rebuilding the EPA workforce.

“The FY 2022 President’s Budget proposes the investments needed to advance EPA’s mission across the board. The budget boosts support to our state, local and Tribal partners, increases support for national treasures like the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, accelerates job-creating water infrastructure improvements, elevates environmental justice across the agency, increases support for science and importantly, makes sure all EPA offices have the operational budgets and workforces they need to deliver for the American people,” said EPA Administrator … Read more...

Changing the World: ESG, Earth Day, Volunteers

Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist, author and speaker. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Barnard College in New York City and her MA and PhD degrees from Columbia University. She published 21 books but was known more for the force of her personality than the accuracy of her conclusions. Here at Intelex, we promote the accuracy of data and encourage allowing the data to tell the story, Margaret Mead relied on observations, rather than data, to reach her conclusions.

While I strongly support the use of data to come to well-researched and well-founded conclusions, I have to admit that my favorite quote is one from Margaret: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

The power of those words and of that conclusion never fails to get me in all the feels. The only … Read more...

Earth Day 2021: Intelexians Making a Difference

At Intelex Technologies ULC, our employees believe they can make a difference. Here are some ways Intelexians are “Restoring our Earth.” 
 
Ian Dransutavicius Associate Project Manager, and Georgia Dransutavicius, Product Solution Consultant  
“Earth Day is important to our family because it reminds us that we are borrowing this planet from our children and all future generations. It is a chance for us to reflect on how we can make sustainable choices that benefit the earth in our everyday lives. We also celebrate the day as an opportunity to reconnect with nature and teach ourselves and family members how to be stewards of this planet. On Earth Day, we like to get outside for a hike, make a plant-based meal and look for ideas on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.”
 
Saida Zenagui, Senior Consultant 
“Earth Day for me is about understanding how our choices can make an impact on Read more...