Aside from helping you decide what to dedicate space to in your sustainability report, going through the exercise of a well-planned and executed materiality assessment can add new purpose and structure to external and internal engagement initiatives, encourage new levels of collaboration within your sustainability team, and can be the backbone and validation of your sustainability strategy. In short, the materiality analysis can be a source of unique insight that leads to truly differentiating initiatives and signature programs…
Carbon emissions trading will start in China at pilot sites in July 2013 for major emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs), and organizations in other industries should prepare for a national emissions trading system that could start as early as 2015. As part of China’s efforts to meet their global commitment to reduce carbon intensity (per-unit
This article provides information on the interaction of asbestos exposure and smoking and the dramatic health benefits that can be achieved through smoking cessation. It would make an excellent training handout or communication piece for employers who have asbestos in their work place.
Numbers influence how companies are managed, and how we make investment decisions. Numbers are used to evaluate companies’ non-financial performance as well: air emissions; waste disposed of; materials recycled; energy consumption. What numbers are associated with DFCM? Do they [only] mark the path to this point, or do they offer insights into what lies ahead…
The complex interplay between the environment, agriculture, and infectious diseases is explored in a new technical report, Research Priorities for the Environment, Agriculture and Infectious Diseases of Poverty, released in June 2013 by the United Nations World Health Organization. Because the interaction between environment, agriculture, and infectious diseases is poorly understood, the report advocates a new approach to fighting infectious diseases based on…
Placing the word “disclaimer” in an audit report sounds like an auditor might not be completely confident that the findings in the report are accurate or reliable. The auditee, upon seeing this word, may believe that they didn’t get their money’s worth if the auditor can’t stand behind his or her work. Nevertheless there are some limitations and conditions that auditors should be clear about when proposing to conduct an audit…
The marketplace for EHS consulting services has changed dramatically in recent years. Highlighted below are seven post-recession game changers that have re-shaped the playing field for the EHS market.
According to a new report released by Ceres, nearly half of more than 25,000 oil and gas wells evaluated in the United States are in water basins with high and extremely high water stress. Future growth of the unconventional resources sector in the U.S. depends on better water management planning and accelerated water recycling. “These
On December 27, 2012 the EHS Journal published an article of mine entitled “Lessons Learned on International Assignments”. The feedback has been extremely positive, especially from young professionals who anticipate the eventual need to travel internationally during their careers. As a consequence I have racked my brain to come up with a few more experiences
Yellow Cards. HazObs, HazIDs, STOPTM cards. These are names for programs that are meant to engage employees to improve safety performance. The ‘cards’ typically have written guidance for employees to use to target safety observations. The intent of these cards is to have employees focus on potential hazards in their workplace and identify those hazards.