Sustainability and Innovation: Infrastructure Improvements and Reduced Emissions in the U.S.

JA contains billions of dollars in funding to support infrastructure that is resilient in the face of global climate change, including clean energy, electric vehicles and drinking water.
IIJA contains billions of dollars in funding to support infrastructure that is resilient in the face of global climate change, including clean energy, electric vehicles and drinking water.

The narrative of the global climate emergency becomes more dramatic each year. In 2021 alone, climate-driven drought, heat waves, floods and wildfires caused more than $100 billion in damage across the United States. Much of the impact of climate events is felt most significantly by low-income communities that are already vulnerable and lack the economic resilience to withstand crises.

The Biden Administration has made significant commitments to creating a more sustainable economy, including reducing U.S. emissions by 50-52 percent from 2005 by 2030 and facilitating the shift to a net-zero economy by 2050. To meet these commitments, the U.S. needs to fortify its infrastructure, create well-paid jobs that help to lift millions of Americans out of poverty and support technologies and programs … Read more...

#IWD2022: Championing Climate Action, by Women and Girls, Is Key To Saving Our Planet

Every year, Intelex celebrates International Women’s Day. The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 (March 8, 2022) is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” It recognizes the contribution of women and girls around the world who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response in an effort to build a more sustainable future for all. 

According to the organizers of IWD, advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction “is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.” The issues of climate change and sustainability have had and will continue to have severe and lasting impacts on our environment and on economic and social development.

Those who are among the most vulnerable and marginalized experience the deepest impacts. Women increasingly are being recognized as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute the majority … Read more...

How AI Helps Connect ESG With Your EHS Systems

As public awareness rises around such issues as the environment, human rights and ethical corporate governance, companies are increasingly looking to communicate their progress on these fronts to investors, prospective customers, regulators and the general public.

Collectively known as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), these non-financial factors have become a key focus of reporting for organizations, which realize that it is no longer simply about the bottom line. Investment decisions are increasingly based on how much an organization is doing to create a safe, sustainable and just world. What’s more, regulatory bodies are now requiring such reporting by law.

As such, getting their reporting right on ESG is crucial for companies that want to win new business and satisfy today’s socially conscious investors.

Enter Artificial Intelligence

A key component of a firm’s overall ESG performance is their record on Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) achievements. Are they doing enough to … Read more...

Black History Month 2022: Zee Ndlovu: Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help

ESG is a movement that ensures we create world of equal opportunities and safer environments not only for Black people but for people from all walks of life.
Zee Ndlovu: Within the EHS landscape, ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) has become an undeniable force. This is a movement which ensures that businesses help create an equal world of opportunities and safer environments not only for Black people but for people from all walks of life.

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Join us every Monday in February as we show our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees. Hassan Joseph, Jade Shortt, Zee Ndlovu and Tatiana Gomes discuss their roles at Intelex, the reasons why they entered the tech field, their mentors and what inspires them. Please join us every Monday to celebrate Black History Month and diversity at Intelex.

This week, … Read more...

External Materiality and ESG: What You Should Be Looking For

Material risk management, or materiality, is a concept that is growing in importance as companies try to determine the material threats to their business.

As a business leader thinking about operational risk, do you consider internal risks first? For example, when considering operational risk, are regulatory compliance, talent retention or catastrophic asset failures resulting in production shutdowns top of mind? When you consider external risks, do you land on those that are most obvious, such as shifts in regulatory burdens, currency fluctuations, competitive threats, etc.…? (The list goes on and on.)

Like most leaders, you probably pay attention to ongoing issues, while staying as up to date as possible about evolving challenges and threats to the business so you aren’t caught off guard.

The problem with this approach is that it leaves an organization in an inherently vulnerable position. It’s hard to truly stay up to date. External risks are … Read more...

2022 National Black History Month: Black Health and Wellness

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States that celebrates diversity and Black achievement.
Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States that celebrates diversity and Black achievement. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Black History Month is an opportunity to understand Black histories, going beyond stories of racism and slavery to spotlight Black achievement. The theme of this year’s Black History Month, which starts Feb. 1, is “Black Health and Wellness.” We are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic in which racism has been labeled a “public health crisis” and there is an ever-growing awareness about the ways in which African Americans have been disproportionately affected by health concerns.

This year, Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February. Hassan Joseph, Jade Short, Zee Ndlovu and Tatiana Gomes will … Read more...

5 ESG Policy Trends Changing Business: Now What?

For business leaders, ESG data informs all decision-making processes – capital allocation, budget setting, cash flows and forecasts.
For business leaders, ESG data informs all decision-making processes – capital allocation, budget setting, cash flows and forecasts.

Until today, Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) has been defined mostly by voluntary practices, as the key policymakers (market authorities as well as national and international regulators) adopted a “sit and stare” approach and let the markets decide how to deal with ESG. 

The tide has turned, with jurisdictions now racing to introduce strict mandatory requirements that bind companies to contribute to the public policy goals governments are setting in relation to climate specifically and ESG more broadly.

What’s Changed? 

These developments have deep implications for companies, investors, and financial markets. Let’s look at five main policy trends that are significantly reshaping business: 

1. No more ESG standards alphabet soup – While new niche frameworks and guidelines will always pop up (let’s keep in mind that ESG evolves constantly), the European Union (EU) mandatory Sustainability Reporting … Read more...

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...