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Executive Brief - March 6 2014 - A True Measure of Sustainability
NAEM Executive Brief March 6, 2014

"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand." - Colin Powell, (1937-) American statesman and retired four-star general

Hershey Achieves Zero Waste, Exceeds Water Reduction Goals Years Early
The Hershey Company announced it has surpassed its water consumption target three years early and its zero waste to landfill (ZWL) and recycling targets two years early. Last year, the chocolate maker announced that it was on track to do just that. Read more....

Is Moneyball the Future of EHS?
If you were trying to manage a large EHS program twenty years ago, you were heavily reliant upon getting quarterly reports on safety and immediate reports on significant injuries and environmental incidents. Much of the rest of what happened day to day in your operation was a black box. Read more....

A Holistic Approach to Water Stewardship
The demand and competition for diminishing water resources has resulted in unprecedented attention on water. Communities across the globe are increasingly challenged with providing sustainable and reliable water supplies to households, agriculture, and industry. Recognizing water as a rising global challenge and the linkages to business, many companies have significantly advanced their water strategies over the past few years. Read more....

Whether or Not We're 'Flourishing' Is a True Measure of Sustainability
John R. Ehrenfeld, author of Flourishing: A Frank Conversation About Sustainability, contends that the world is more unsustainable now than in 1972 in spite of the sustainability programs of firms worldwide. Ehrenfeld argues that sustainability strategies and programs fail to address the fundamental causes of unsustainability, because most economies and companies still pursue growth beyond the capacity of our planet to support it. Read more....

Engagement Is the Key to Safety, but How?
As safety professionals, we know that engaging workers in the company's safety program is the key to minimizing injuries. But how do we accomplish this? Recent surveys have revealed, with alarming consistency, that the majority of American workers in manufacturing type jobs are disengaged. Read more....

Record Number of Social and Environmental Shareholder Resolutions Filed In 2013
Last year, investors filed a record-breaking 417 social and environmental shareholder resolutions - up from 365 in 2012 - with the majority addressing political spending and climate change, according to a report released today by As You Sow, the Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2) and Proxy Impact. Sustainability reporting, diversity and human rights also figure prominently in the rich mix of resolutions. Read more....

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Gina McCarthy to Share Inspiring Vision at NAEM’s Conference for Corporate EHS&S Leaders

April 5, 2018

Safeguarding the environment and protecting public health can go hand-in-hand with business growth, Gina McCarthy says, and on May 16 she will share this vision with corporate leaders at NAEM's 2018 Compliance Management conference in Austin.

To Make the Most of an EHS & Sustainability Software Investment, Don’t Skimp on the Implementation

March 7, 2018

Software is a powerful tool for accelerating EHS & Sustainability performance, but even the best tool can fail if it’s not implemented well, according to a new NAEM report that was published today. At the heart of the findings in NAEM’s “Ready, Set, Implement: How to Successfully Deploy an EHS & Sustainability Software System” is that success—or failure— often comes down to how well the company mapped the system to its core processes, trained its users and sold the value to the organization.

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