Since the need to understand regulations and environmental obligations has become more critical and complex, companies are now using enterprise-wide software systems to track, manage and report environmental compliance. With all of this raw data being collected, companies might be asking themselves how environmental data already captured in their systems for compliance purposes can be leveraged in a way that also creates business value.
Enviance’s new e-book, “5 Ways to Create Business Value with your Environmental Data” is a step by step guide for companies that want to tap into their environmental data to create business value from plant floor to the C-suite. Within this book, you’ll find critical tips on how to better manage your data, streamline operations, and create cost savings, including how to:
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If you haven’t registered yet for our complimentary live webinar on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 11am/2pm then you’d better get to it!
Our live converstation will feature speakers from Tampa Electric Company and CH2M HILL, giving you valuable information about how to successfully evaluate, choose and deploy EHS, carbonr and water tracking software.
In this second installment of our webcast you’ll learn more best practices and lessons learned from experienced EHS and compliance professionals from Tampa Electric Company (TECO) and CH2M HILL on managing successful software projects involving EHS and water and carbon tracking. You’ll receive actionable advice for your own projects that will help you avoid common pitfalls and traps that can derail your deployment and implementation.
Among the things you’ll learn:
• What to consider when developing the scope of a software implementation
• Which internal organizational groups should be involved
• Best ways to integrate software with your existing internal systems
• Best practices in deployment and implementation of software projects
Byron Burrows, EHS Manager, Tampa Electric Company
Wade Carter, EHS Information Management, CH2M HILL
Moderator: Graeme Dykes, VP of Sales, Enviance
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Time: 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern
It's time again for our monthly poll, where we ask your opinion on a wide range of pressing environmental regulation issues. Our goal is to identify what matters most to you and present your unfiltered opinions on a host of hot button topics.
It's Springtime already, after the showers and into the flowers (or so we hope)! Time is flying! Now that the year is rolling into its second half, take a moment to think of all that you and your company has accomplished so far and think of all of the things you still want to achieve. Reflect and share you opinion! Participate in our monthly poll!
UPDATE! New date and time for GreenBiz's sixth annual State of Green Business Live webcast
Date: Friday, February 15, 2012
Now that EUEC 2013 has wrapped, we wanted to share with you some revealing feedback from the show floor. We surveyed the environmental professionals at the show about how regulation and sustainability issues are affecting their companies and organizations – and wound up with some surprising results.
Here are the key takeaways from our 2013 survey:
We are honored to feature Maria Paula Llosa as our guest writer on today’s blog. In this installment, Ms. Llosa discusses Corporate Social Responsibility, something that, as a consultant for corporate governance and sustainability, she has a lot of experience with.In Argentina, “sustainability” and “corporate social responsibility” are frequently used as synonyms. Corporations are key players in sustainability and must be considered one of the main drivers for the green economy. Sustainability is about balance, so if we want to analyze an organization’s sustainability, we need to understand how it balances its economic, social and environmental impacts, and what processes, mechanisms and structures will best improve its development. However, finding the right parameters to measure sustainability is a whole other challenge. In lawyer speak, it is like solving a case; we just need to pay attention to the facts.
In Argentina, there is no law that forces companies to report on CSR or sustainability, although there are some waiting to be passed within Congress. Nevertheless, many companies have their own reporting programs, which often follow set guidelines and standards. The most well-known guides on reporting sustainability have different approaches and should sometimes be combined.
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) seems to be the most accurate guide, and it has also launched a guide on how to use the GRI guidelines in conjunction with the United Nations Global Compact Principles, or ISO 26000 – a set of standards which provide guidance on how businesses and organizations can operate in a socially responsible way. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has also launched the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises for this purpose, but in my opinion they must be combined with the OECD Corporate Governance Principles in order to achieve sustainability. Any organization must have a strong corporate governance structure if it plans on improving its social responsibility or sustainable practices.
Sustainability reporting is especially important if you consider corporate policy to be a strong driver in achieving sustainable development. Corporations have the power to influence people; they are close to people’s lives, and they are everywhere. They compete one against the other and so they are already competing to be at the top of rankings by having better sustainability policies. However, I also believe that governments have to encourage those conducts with regulations. In both cases, it is clear that raising awareness about the importance of sustainability is an important underlying concept.
In my opinion, the environment has not changed that much over years. I am a lawyer and I have always shared the perception that laws must regulate real situations, whether we like them or not. Sustainable development is here to stay and should be considered a new way of thinking that combines the concepts of integration, systemic approach and interdisciplinary work. I also believe in human intelligence and its ability to overcome challenges, and develop solutions that are constantly changing and improving. That is why I think that we cannot define sustainability, we just have to start living according to it.
About María Paula Llosa
Maria Paula Llosa is an Argentinian lawyer specializing in environmental law. Ms. Llosa currently works as a program manager and consultant for corporate governance & sustainability at Cefeidas Group where she prepares assessments for public and private organizations. Ms. Llosa has a deep-seated interest in environmental matters and has been involved with several environmental NGOs. She also coordinated a National Network of Environmental Lawyers in Argentina and participated in an EU project on Climate Change in Buenos Aires. She also worked with a group of students on developing a business school program that includes sustainability topics, for the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) international competition. Ms. Llosa is currently working on a research project on "Integral Management of Mountain Environments" through the Universidad Catolica Argentina in Buenos Aires.
Happy New Year, Enviance blogger readers!
In our 1st monthly polling of 2013 we would like to know more about your plans for the upcoming year. Are you expecting any changes in your company's Environmental Compliance strategy?
Please cast your vote below and give us your comments at the end of the post.
The Enviance Team
At a time when many companies were forced to cut back, our customers have continued to pursue the achievement of better compliance and enhanced sustainability at ever lower costs. We salute the effort to preserve environmental programs as a core business strategy, and we are proud to serve the environmental leaders and visionaries that comprise our customer base.
Thank you for your partnership with Enviance in 2012. To honor your commitment and to thank you for your continued confidence in us, Enviance has made a donation to an organization that will have planted 60,000 trees by the end of 2013 in the name of our customers.
The Enviance family wishes you Happy Holidays, a wonderful New Year, and we look forward to working with you in 2013.
Lawrence E. Goldenhersh
2012 is coming to an end, and over the past year there have been many developments in the environmental compliance, energy and sustainability industry. In working with companies that need to track and report their environmental impact, and reduce those impacts in their supply chains, we felt we were in a unique position to distill a complete view of the state of the industry in 2012, and what to expect in 2013.
So we asked you, our trusted colleagues, partners, customers and members of the analyst and media communities, to give us your thoughts and insights on what were the most important aspects of 2012, and also what you see coming in 2013.
We received tremendous feedback, with more than 485 responses from professionals in a variety of verticals, including energy & utilities, manufacturing, and construction & development, to name a few.
We’ve consolidated the responses in our new ebook, which we invite you to take a look at. We’ve got industry numbers, statistics, and illuminating quotes, on the most important trends and issues from 2012 and predictions for 2013.
We hope you enjoy reading the ebook!