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Key Practice Area: Data & Metrics

Approaches to Managing EHS & Sustainability Data

Feb. 27, 2012

Benchmark your EHS and sustainability software system with NAEM’s 2013 in-depth survey of more than 100 corporate leaders. This free, 40-page report includes information on what systems respondents are using, how much they are spending and the most effective capabilities of their chosen tools.


NAEM's biennial benchmark on EHS & Sustainability software provides a snapshot of which systems companies are using to manage and report on their programs. It includes a detailed look at the types of data management approaches, spending levels and system capabilities. In this section you will find:

Press Release: Learn more about the insights from NAEM's comprehensive benchmark on software systems.

Report: Download the free, 40-page report to benchmark your software system, data management budget and

Sponsors: View the companies whose financial support made this research possible.

Press Release

Software Tools Drive Environmental Performance, Sustainability Communications

Charlotte, NC, Feb. 27, 2013 - Data management systems are key tools for improving sustainability reporting and advancing environment, health and safety (EHS) performance, according a new report published today by the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM).

The "Approaches to EHS & Sustainability Data Management" report provides a benchmark for how companies manage data internally, the effectiveness of their chosen systems and how much they are spending.

NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt said the results also reveal the role software systems play in helping companies meet the demands of external reporting.

"As companies are asked by customers and stakeholders to disclose a broad range of environmental attributes, they need to invest in internal systems," she said. "Data management solutions are what make it possible for companies to identify their impacts, track their performance and report on their progress."

The survey results, based on a survey of 116 corporate EHS and sustainability leaders, show that many of the software systems on the market are effective at managing core EHS issues; many are now evolving to offer new functionality around sustainability reporting. Yet there still remains an unmet need for software options that can support product footprinting, material traceability and product compliance.

"The evolution to a more holistic look at a company's impact creates a need for new tools for supply chain transparency," Ms. Neuvelt said. "This report shows is that there is still a great deal of growth potential for the software industry to help companies address these emerging issues."

Download a copy of the full results:
Approaches to EHS & Sustainability Data Management

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The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. As the largest professional community for environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers, we provide peer-led educational conferences, benchmarking research and an active network for sharing solutions. Visit NAEM online at

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To understand how companies manage their EHS and sustainability data, NAEM fielded an online survey among full-time, "in house" corporate EHS and sustainability professionals. The results reflect the perspective of 116 senior leaders.

This report covers:

  • How companies are managing EHS and sustainability data
  • The most important business drivers for implementing an off-the-shelf software system
  • How much companies are spending to implement and maintain their systems
  • The effectiveness of various system capabilities
  • Unmet needs

Click here to download your free copy of the 2013 Approaches to Managing EHS & Sustainability Data report.

Download the 2013 EHS and Sustainability Software Survey

To learn more about this project, please contact NAEM at (202) 986-6616.


NAEM wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors, whose financial support made this research possible.

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