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Key Practice Area - Staffing & Structure - EHS & Sustainability Staffing and Structure Survey Report
Key Practice Area: Staffing & Structure

EHS & Sustainability Staffing and Structure

Dec. 1, 2012

See how your organization’s staffing, structure, salaries and budgets compare to your peers with NAEM’s 2012 comprehensive benchmark. This 60-page report also documents the scope of EHS responsibilities, including the evolving role of the EHS manager in the execution of corporate sustainability initiatives.

Overview

NAEM's bi-annual benchmark on EHS & Sustainability staffing and structure allows you to benchmark your function based on industry, revenue, headcount and risk profile. It also provides a detailed look at the roles and responsibilities of the EHS function, which today include the management of a number of sustainability initiatives. In this section you will find:

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

Executive Summary: Get a snapshot of the results from the 2012 EHS & Sustainability Staffing and Structure report.

Report: Purchase the full report to benchmark your program's headcounts, spending and structure.

Webinar: This webinar from Jan. 17, 2013 provides highlights from the report and two case studies from NAEM member companies who have recently reorganized their EHS & Sustainability function.

Press Release

“Environment, Health and Safety Managers Also Lead Corporate Sustainability”

Washington DC, Dec. 4, 2012 - The professionals who manage a company's environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance risks are also responsible for leading corporate sustainability initiatives, according to a new report by the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM). The association's latest benchmark of the profession, which was conducted by independent research firm Verdantix, draws insights from 199 corporate EHS and sustainability leaders at large, U.S.-based corporations.

The "EHS & Sustainability Staffing and Structure" report reveals that the EHS function either leads, or shares responsibility for the majority of the top 15 initiatives identified by the respondents as "sustainability". These programs include developing sustainability strategies, setting sustainability goals, carbon footprint tracking, energy management, resource conservation and stakeholder engagement.

"Over time, our benchmarks have reflected the evolution of the environmental management profession to include health and safety. What this report shows is that today it also includes sustainability," said NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt. "While EHS professionals do not always have sustainability in their titles, this research demonstrates that they are, indeed, doing the job."

Most responding companies manage sustainability through a cross-functional team, led by the EHS function or a combined EHS and sustainability function, according to the results. The other members of the team are representatives from corporate communications, operations, legal, and sales and marketing.

Ms. Neuvelt said this collaborative approach reflects the growth of sustainability as a business management paradigm.

"Large companies are embedding sustainability into their operations by bringing a variety of perspectives to the table," she said.

The second most common approach to managing sustainability, according to the data, was assigning the program to the EHS function. This approach may reflect the history of strategic environmental management, Ms. Neuvelt said, which often emerged as a grassroots effort from inside EHS.

Additionally the report reveals how business leaders define sustainability in terms of a broad range of programs addressing traditional and non-traditional business risks.

"While each company defines the term for itself, what we see emerging from the data is a definition of sustainability from the perspective of those who are leading these programs every day," Ms. Neuvelt said. "While we realize that this list of activities is not exhaustive of all aspects of sustainability, it does provide a solid, working definition that could help drive clarity in the conversation about what is happening inside of companies today."

To learn more about this report or to download a free Executive Summary of results, please visit http://www.naem.org/?survey_2012_staffing

About this Research
To understand how companies staff and structure their EHS and sustainability programs, NAEM and Verdantix, an independent analyst firm, fielded an online survey among full-time, "in house" corporate EHS and sustainability professionals. The research also included 14 qualitative interviews with senior EHS and sustainability leaders from across industries. The results reflect the perspective of 199 senior leaders (manager, director, vice president) working within a variety of industries at mostly U.S.-based companies with revenues ranging from $250 million to more than $50 billion.

About NAEM
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 EHS and sustainability decision-makers, we provide peer-led educational conferences and an active network for sharing solutions to today"s corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges. Visit us online at www.naem.org.

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Executive Summary

Download the Free Executive Summary of the Survey Report

View highlights from the report by downloading the free Executive Summary.

Report

To understand how companies staff and structure their EHS and sustainability programs, NAEM and Verdantix, an independent analyst firm, fielded an online survey among full-time, "in house" corporate EHS and sustainability professionals. The research also included 14 qualitative interviews with senior EHS and sustainability leaders from across industries. The results reflect the perspective of 199 senior leaders (manager, director, vice president) working within a variety of industries at mostly U.S.-based companies with revenues ranging from $250 million to more than $50 billion.

This report covers:

  • Types of EHS and Sustainability Departments
  • Centralization by Industry
  • Reporting Structures
  • Budget Allocations
  • Budget Benchmark by Risk Profile
  • Average Staffing Benchmark by Annual Revenue
  • Staffing Benchmark by Centralization and Organizational Level
  • Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • Programs Defined as Sustainability
  • Sustainability Management Approaches
  • Respondents' Involvement in Sustainability
  • Average Salary by Job Title
  • Bonus Potential by Job Title
  • Qualifications

Click here to purchase your copy of the 2012 EHS & Sustainability Staffing and Structure report.

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Full Price $1,150
NAEM Members (20% off) $920

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

Webinar

This webinar from Jan. 17, 2013 provides highlights from the 2012 EHS & Sustainability Staffing and Structure report and features case studies from two companies who have recently addressed these issues for themselves.

Speakers:

  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
  • Dan Wesolowski, EHS Manager; Westinghouse Electric Co.
  • Allen Stegman, General Director, Environmental and Hazardous Materials; BNSF Railway
Click here to view this webinar.
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