5 Actionable Ideas for EHS, Risk & Sustainability Pros This Year
Hand in hand with Enablon’s mission of assisting some of the world’s leading corporations to ensure compliance, drive profitability, minimize risks and manage environmental and social performance, we also aim to offer Risk, Sustainability and EHS professionals applicable and results-oriented educational material.
Likewise, we strongly believe in enabling the sustainable company through an integrated and holistic approach to EHS, sustainability and risk. The way we see it, in today and tomorrow’s corporations, all three domains are inevitably linked and draw from each other’s strengths in order to sustain a healthy and resilient ‘organism’.
As we look back at the topics we’ve covered and the advice we’ve given throughout the year, we’ve rounded up five actionable pieces of advice aimed at risk, sustainability and EHS professionals, as profiled in different articles and series from our blog.
Now that a brand new year is starting, (and whether your background is in EHS, sustainability or risk!) you might just run into the next idea to keep your business growing this year:
1. Become aware of the impacts of climate change on your business. Why not start by analyzing operational risks?
Given the landmark importance of COP21, we covered the international climate change conference extensively. Both the wide range of topics discussed during conference negotiations and the final Paris Agreement make it crystal clear that, even as we continue to implement mitigation and adaptation strategies globally, the consequences of climate change have game-changing effects on a wide range of areas, and risk management is no exception.
As the momentum from COP21 will continue to develop, 2016, more than ever, is the perfect year for executives and board members to become aware of the direct impacts of climate change on business operations and the way companies track and measure operational risks. > Read more
Factoring in climate change into the business equation is no longer something corporations can afford to ignore. In the post-COP21 landscape, many are the forward-thinking business leaders asking themselves the same questions: How can I adapt to the new challenges brought on by climate change and the new climate agreement? How can I grow and remain competitive while doing so? What best practices can I draw from to combine my environmental, social and business goals? Any corporation aiming to keep growing responsibly will have to keep these questions in mind, not only this year, but well into the coming decades. > Read more
Focusing on risk management, whether organizations realize it or not, they are all affected by governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in some way or another. The constant interaction between all three areas is the main reason why the industry is increasingly approaching GRC in a holistic manner, instead of addressing the three pillars in isolation.
GRC is about making sure a company meets its objectives, not just reducing its risks. In this context, this year could open up new opportunities to leap towards software solutions to manage GRC in an automated and centralized way across the entire organization. > Read more
4. Improve promotion around your Occupational, Health and Safety programme by creating a written OHS Safety Policy Statement
Make 2016 a year of safety excellence within your company by ramping up your OHS programme. The title says it (almost) all: Creating a formalized OHS Safety Policy Statement will help promote the effectiveness of your OHS programme and improve communication around your commitment to worker health and safety.
A good OHS Safety Policy Statement, ideally to be signed by a member of upper management, should cover key issues such as: the company’s objectives and plans for occupational health and safety, the responsibility of all personnel in maintaining a safe workplace, and the commitment to monitoring and regular reviews of the policy. > Read more
If you haven’t done so already, it might be time to start thinking about digital stakeholder engagement. To build a sustainable, two-way relationship with your internal and external stakeholders, there are several tips that your business can start implementing right now to successfully communicate CSR on the web: Have you ever thought about using a digital engagement platform to publish your next sustainability report online? Does your CSR page clearly display your team’s contact details? Are you giving enough importance to storytelling? (i.e. Are your initiatives clearly presented, with attractive images and interesting external links?) > Read more.