Why EHS&S Management is More than Compliance Alone

NAEM Staff
January 29, 2019
Why EHS&S Management is More than Compliance Alone
As those who know us best already know, NAEM is fortunate to have the support and commitment of our community of engaged members. The peer advisors who work with us on our conferences bring perspectives that relate directly to the real-world challenges you face.

This year we’re proud to be working with a talented committee on the EHS Operational Excellence Conference, which we’ll be hosting in Pittsburgh from May 14-16. Their participation has already spirited a number of innovations in our approach, including a change in the conference name, a move that better reflects the impact of the work you do.

To learn more about this year’s program, we spoke with Committee Chair Dennis Hu, Director of EHS and System Safety Engineering at Ball Aerospace.

1. Why did you want to contribute to this year’s conference? 
“NAEM is the gold standard for benchmarking on EHS management programs. As I like to say, if you can’t Google it, you need to come to NAEM. This is because the conversations we have here are for the deeper issues that are more difficult to solve, too emergent to have a lot of case studies about and too specific to the needs of EHS professionals to be of widespread interest. This is a place for the kinds of conversations that matter and I wanted to be a part of that.” 

2. What are the business needs this conference was designed to address? 
“This conference is for those who sit at the intersection of business leadership, risk management and regulatory compliance. For those who aspire to operational excellence, EHS management requires companies to establish strong standards, communicate expectations and measure results, while remaining adaptive to change. The landscape today is being shaped by rapidly evolving regulatory frameworks, stakeholder demands for transparency and the new opportunities presented by emerging technology.”

3. Why the name change? 
“Excelling at EHS management is more complex than just being in compliance alone. Today's EHS leaders are expected to participate in strategic conversations about how to deliver business value to their companies, how to respond to stakeholder inquiries, how to integrate their programs into all aspects of a business's operations and how to achieve consistent performance with limited resources. This conference is designed to not only address the challenges of EHS compliance, but also the full scope of risk management and strategic EHS management topics and challenges corporate leaders must tackle.”
To learn more about the issues we’ll be tackling at this year’s EHS OpEx conference, visit our conference page at ehsopex.naem.org.


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NAEM Staff
The National Association for Environmental, Health and Safety, and Sustainability (EHS&S) Management (NAEM) empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces and promote global sustainability. As the leading business community for EHS&S decision-makers, we provide engaging forums, a curated network, peer benchmarking, research insights and tools for solving today’s corporate EHS&S management challenges. Visit us online at naem.org.

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