Who Should Lead the Charge to a Sustainable Future?

Sustainable development is that in which the resources we use to meet today’s business goals do not come at the expense of the ability of future generations to meet their own environmental, social and cultural needs. In other words, the slash-and-burn approach to fuelling business progress and profit will give way to replacing what we use and looking out for the environmental realities that will support our future development as a species.

The evidence for the requirement for sustainable practices is, by now, beyond reproach. Yet many questions remain about how to create sustainable practices that ensure our future environmental stability without damaging our immediate economic growth. Such questions include: should governments legislate these requirements? Should business govern its own sustainable efforts according to its own perspective? Or should the market dictate its allegiance to the idea of sustainability by supporting or opposing businesses that embrace sustainable principles?

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NAEM Report Highlights Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainability Practices of Supply Chain

Environmental sustainability, or the efforts made by everyone everywhere to safeguard the planet as well as responsibly use and replenish the finite resource we have in this world, has achieved the rightful status of being a strong business value and a boon to any company’s brand.

Many organizations now realize how a company operates as an environmentally and socially responsible provider of goods and services is – simply put – a good-for-business practice. Specific regulations in Canada, the United States and around the world guide corporations in terms of what they “must” do to achieve compliance. Business ethics, employees, customers and partners compel companies to go above and beyond these prescriptive rules.

Consumer demand for environmentally responsible products is continuing to push the sustainability agenda in terms of importance, transforming how companies relate to their supply chain partners. It’s not enough for a business to do everything it can to … Read more...

Sustainability Trends from NAEM: Zero Waste, Water Efficiency, and More

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Sustainability conferences give attendees a valuable opportunity to learn about industry trends directly from the companies that are leading the way! It’s safe to say that attendees learned a lot last week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the 2016 NAEM Sustainability Management Conference. From benchmarking best practices, to real-world case studies, to suggestions on how to engage with suppliers on common goals, this year’s line-up of speakers didn’t disappoint!

For those of you who missed out, or those who attended but would like a refresher, we’ve compiled our key takeaways from three of the most interesting topics of conversation at the conference.

The Zero Waste Journey

While some safety professionals share a “zero injuries” goal, sustainability professionals are talking more and more about a journey towards “zero waste” or “zero landfill.” The ultimate goal is to imitate sustainable cycles in nature, so that all resources involved in the creation of … Read more...

Leadership in EHS: Intelex’s presence at the 2016 Verdantix Summit

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EHS software is powerless if employees don’t adapt their behavior. Facilitating this change is one of many best practices Intelex Technologies will share at the 2016 Verdantix Summit happening May 16-18 in Chicago.

As a sponsor, Intelex will be presenting a workshop on driving behavioral change by integrating EHS and operations systems. The session will be hosted by Laura Scott, Environmental Manager at NRG Energy. NRG is one of America’s largest power companies, a leader in green energy, and a valued Intelex client. Laura will be discussing how Intelex’s software allowed NRG to build a more robust system of environmental compliance, allowing NRG to track environmental key performance indicators and ultimately helping NRG to transform its level of compliance between 2011 and 2015. Having achieved these results across a company of 10,000 employees, Laura is well-qualified to speak about the difference Intelex’s software has made.

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Risk Matrices, an Interconnected World and More…

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in
environment, health and safety news:

  • Risk matrices and the context of organizational risks
  • The global nature of sustainability initiatives

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Learn more about the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Click here 
  • Learn more about Environmental Impact Assessments. Click here 
  • Learn more about the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement. Click here 
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Three Takeaways from NAEM Planning for a Sustainable Future

The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) recently published its annual trends report – Planning for a Sustainable Future. This report documents the key issues on the minds of corporate environmental, health & safety and sustainability leaders today. These trends are a barometer for all of us in the EHS and sustainability space, both business users and vendors alike.

It should be no surprise that this year’s trends point again to rapid change in our quickly evolving market. As the industry continues to take steps beyond simple, reactive compliance with regulations, towards making sustainability and EHS issues drive core business strategy, the NAEM research found that the priorities of EHS leaders are shifting as well.

I’d like to highlight 3 major emerging trends from the report that business leaders should be aware of with regards to EHS and sustainability.

1. Focus on impact outside your own walls

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On to the Queen City for NAEM’s EHS Management Forum

The Intelex team is hitting the road once again for yet another trade show. This time around, we find ourselves in Charlotte, NC – home to this year’s EHS Management Forum. On October 14, EHS and sustainability leaders from across the globe will make their way to the Westin Hotel for the 23rd installment of the EHS Management Forum.

NAEM’s EHS Management Forum is the largest annual gathering for environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers. The Forum draws more than 575 EHS and sustainability managers, directors and vice presidents from influential companies. The forum also features more than 24 interactive sessions and inspirational keynote presentations and provides the best platform for attendees to gain insight on emerging practices from the corporate EHS & sustainability leaders who are driving change every day.

The EHS Management Forum is arguably one of the most anticipated shows in the Intelex calendar, … Read more...

How to Communicate & Promote Your Sustainability Report for Maximum Value

Congratulations! After months of slogging through all the data, aggregating and analyzing materials from across your organization and coaxing it into a format you feel is both compelling and informative, you’ve finally done it. You’ve published your sustainability report!

The question you should now be asking yourself is, “What next?”

That’s because your work isn’t over once you publish your report. Far from it. This next stage will determine whether your sustainability report is deemed a worthwhile exercise or falls flat. Sustainability reporting is like any other business activity in that if you want people to value your effort and continue to support this type of endeavor, you need to be able to demonstrate ROI. What’s the return on the time and resources you’ve invested in the process of gathering and reporting on all of this data?

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4 Steps to Engaging Stakeholders in your Sustainability Reporting Process

In a recent blog post, we outlined four simple steps to a materiality assessment that you should consider when developing a corporate social responsibility (CSR) or sustainability program.

Now that you’ve identified your internal and external stakeholders and defined the key indicators you plan to measure, the next step is to outline a stakeholder engagement strategy.

Below we listed four steps to consider before engaging stakeholders in your sustainability reporting process:

1. Engage Stakeholders Early

Stakeholder inclusiveness should be an essential part of your sustainability reporting process. According to GRI, “the reporting organization should identify its stakeholders and explain in the report how it has responded to their reasonable expectations and interests.” Involving your stakeholders early in your sustainability reporting process will give your organization an opportunity to understand their proprieties and emerging concerns, while discovering opportunities to address issues before they become a serious threat to your organization’s … Read more...

Materiality Assessments in 4 Simple Steps

What is it?

Materiality. It’s a concept that comes up more and more frequently – especially when it comes to discussions of sustainability. But what is it exactly and how and why is it applicable to EHS?

Put simply. Materiality is a principle to help define and determine the business, social and environmental topics that matter most to a business and its stakeholders. This is also something that 80% of the world’s largest 250 companies are already tracking and reporting on as part of their sustainability reporting efforts.

Like many topics this is in part due to increased focus on corporate social responsibility as a differentiator for these businesses, and in part due to regulations and standards. Of these standards, the main one is the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 guidelines. In Europe there is currently the added pressure of the European Directive on non-financial reporting for publicly traded companies … Read more...