On 14th March 2017, Arcadis hosted a workshop at its offices in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, bringing together service providers and senior EHS and IT professionals from various global companies, to examine the benefits of “”.
Attendees learned how companies like Enablon and Enhesa, with the support of a global consultancy like Arcadis, can benefit from a global, integrated EHS software solution allowing consistent, reliable and effective company-wide management of EHS compliance. By replacing multiple, outdated, time-consuming systems, the technologies that are out there now can ensure better, more efficient data collection and analysis, and ultimately help to keep people and the environment safe.
The half-day event was a nice antidote to lengthier, heavier conferences, with shorter, sharper, presentations and demonstrations really getting to the heart of the subject. With around 20 attendees, featuring representatives from the likes of Royal Vopak, P&G, Ampelmann Operations, CEPSA, Philips, LyondellBasell and Cargill, the event was small enough to encourage questions and participation from all, as well as time for networking over coffees and lunch.
Using EHS Management as a Competitive Advantage
The event was opened by Carsten Assmann, EHS Director Europe North at Arcadis, who set the scene for discussions by providing the broad and increasingly important argument for the need to oversee and manage enterprise-wide operational risks. The central argument was that EHS, and the management thereof, if given the necessary weight and resources in an organization, can become a key strategic, and therefore competitive advantage. Essentially, companies that pro-actively take control of managing EHS will see benefits not only in reducing costs associated with non-compliance but will also be more attractive to investors, insurers and customers.
Global EHS Legal and Policy Trends
Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford, Head of Thought Leadership at Enhesa, then gave a further backdrop to discussions by providing insights into key global EHS legal and policy trends, including:
- Climate change and related areas (air emissions, energy efficiency, renewable energy, emissions trading) remaining the top global driver of policy and regulation. With the Paris Agreement, there will be a lot of policy and regulatory developments in this regard in many jurisdictions around the world.
- Global uncertainty following Brexit and Trump. There is a potential slowing down of environmental regulation and enforcement in the U.S., but companies, individual U.S. states, as well as many other countries around the world, are likely to continue the trend of increased regulation and enforcement.
- China, India, and emerging countries starting to produce a great amount of EHS-related laws and policies to cope with specific pollution issues associated with rapidly growing economies.
- Spread of regulation across the world, often with EU laws (RoHS, REACH, energy efficiency of buildings) providing the inspiration or the model for laws elsewhere (e.g. Turkey, Korea, Japan).
Using Enhesa’s unique global perspective on EHS regulatory developments covering more than 270 jurisdictions around the world, attendees were given a snapshot of where regulations and policies are likely to have the largest impact on business across the world’s major regions. The volume of regulatory activity around the world, and the emergence of EHS regulation and enforcement in the world’s developing economies were key takeaways from the presentation, which allowed for a logical transition to discussion on how Enhesa and Enablon help their multinational clients to meet the global regulatory compliance challenge.
An Integrated Platform Empowered with Regulatory Content and Analysis
In this context, Enablon’s Xavier Stiffel, Pre-Sales Director, and Laurent Pierre, Global Alliance Director, brought the discussions together with a clear and interactive demonstration of how Enablon’s platform, with global regulatory analysis from Enhesa, and implementation support from Arcadis, could help companies in two specific scenarios, around the management of soil protection and the safe operation of machinery.
Using Enhesa’s Compliance Intelligence Datafeed (integrated in Enablon) as a starting point, Enablon’s team demonstrated how clients can identify the laws and legal obligations applicable to each scenario, at one specific location in the Netherlands (in English or Dutch), and then use the specific regulatory obligations as a basis to audit and create tasks and workflows within the Enablon Audit Management Software and Regulatory Compliance Software modules, thereby ensuring the ongoing pro-active management of each issue.
Enablon’s mobile capabilities were also brought to the fore, which generated a lot of interest and discussion amongst participants around the possibilities of using mobile devices offline and also in hazardous environments – both of which Enablon has solutions for.
Wider discussions in the subsequent roundtable looked at the various benefits, and challenges, of rolling out new global systems within large organizations. For example, people are likely to already have systems in place they are used to, and can feel that any new system is just another means of fulfilling corporate “data hunger”, and therefore they are always at their desk filling-in data and not in the field. This is why having one integrated system for all EHS data management, with a simple and clear user experience, is critical, so that less time is spent entering data, and the entered data is of higher quality and easier to manage. Having consolidated corporate-wide data is crucial as it can feed into predictive analytics, allowing anticipation of issues. In addition, information-sharing between companies using the same system can further strengthen the robustness of the data, and turn the system into a data community, with the same goals of reducing incidents and maximizing regulatory compliance.
Bringing all discussions together, Sam Temara, EMIS Lead Europe at Arcadis, highlighted how the global resources of Arcadis, in facilitating implementation of a global EHS compliance management application, can really help to ensure a smooth, efficient roll-out process. In concluding the workshop, Sam summarized the following overall takeaways:
- Having the support of a large reputable consultancy, such as Arcadis with its global/local resources, facilitates roll-out across sites globally.
- Bringing together different modules into one software system means having a truly corporate/global view, and can help demonstrate the sustainability values of your company both internally and externally as part of your market positioning (including sales and marketing efforts).
- Seamless integration with Enhesa, and the ability to manage your legal compliance in a consistent manner globally, across any countries you operate in, helps to drive a corporate-wide EHS compliance culture as sites can see how others are performing.
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