This article is drawn from Aberdeen’s sustainability benchmark study covering Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S), as well as Energy, Carbon Management, and Product Compliance.
The field of EH&S has increasingly brought global sustainability into the fold. Management-level EH&S leaders are the environmental stewards of the corporate world, and are increasingly responsible for designing and implementing strategies to take companies beyond compliance. These initiatives involve tasks such as:
- Developing and leading a formal sustainability program
- Reporting progress on a full spectrum of EHS and sustainability initiatives to the public
- Responding to stakeholder inquiries about their company’s EHS and sustainability performance
Aberdeen research confirms wide EH&S involvement in sustainability (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Resources To Assess & Validate Sustainability Strategy
Three-quarters of EH&S organizations dedicated resources to sustainability, and 55% specifically earmark internal facilities management and engineering resources to sustainability. There is also a thriving market for third-party sustainability consultants, dedicated to such areas as energy, EH&S, compliance, supply chain, etc.
Increasingly, EHS and quality efforts (EHSQ) are software-based and proving increasingly effective for Best-in-Class organizations (Figure 2).
Figure 2: Software-Enabled Sustainability Enablers
Best-in-Class organizations are at the head of the pack in terms of software-based sustainability, and are 45% more likely to pursue this for risk and failure management. The Best-in-Class advantage is even greater in chemical and materials, where they are 80% more likely to pursue software-enabled EHSQ/sustainability metrics than All Others.
Another good example of strong sustainability pressures exists in energy and carbon management (Figure 3).
Figure 3: Sustainability Pressures for Energy and Carbon Management
Here, the requirement to reduce operational costs and ensure compliance to regulations is accompanied by customer demand for eco-friendly products and the impetus to join the sustainability movement because of competition.
Sustainability is now an overarching concern in EH&S. It not only empowers organizations to protect the well-being of its workers, it also reduces risk, improves productivity, enhances compliance, and drives measurable business improvement through occupational health, environmental, supply chain, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility platforms.
To learn about more sustainability and environmental stewardship in the context of EHSQ, check out Sustainability and EH&S: Together at Last.