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Key Practice Area - Data & Metrics - 2013 EHS&S Software Benchmark Report
Key Practice Area: Data & Metrics

2013 EHS&S Software Benchmark Report

Feb. 27, 2013

Learn how companies are using management information systems to track progress, improve performance and facilitate external communication. This comprehensive report includes data on spending and functionality.


NAEM's 2013 EHS&S software systems benchmark issues ranging from product compliance to supply chain transparency. In this section you will find:

About this Report: Read about NAEM’s biennnial survey and access links to previous software survey results.

Press Release: Read about key highlights from the report.

Report: Download a copy of the free report, which covers:

  • Which approaches are companies taking to manage data? And why?
  • What are the most important business drivers for implementing a new management information system?
  • How much do the systems cost to implement and maintain?
  • What are typical budgets for companies of different sizes and industries?
  • What are the most frequently implemented system capabilities?
  • How do companies use the information they collect?
  • Is the system maintained by EHS, IT or other resources?
  • How do users rank the effectiveness of their current systems?

Sponsors: See the companies who support made this research possible

About this Report

NAEM is pleased to present the Approaches to EHS & Sustainability Data report, which examines the primary tools environment, health and safety (EHS), and sustainability leaders use to ensure regulatory compliance, increase efficiency and support public disclosure of sustainability achievements. Putting these systems in place requires a great deal of collaboration, time and effort.

NAEM first began tracking the question of how companies manage EHS data at its early workshops about management information systems in the late 1990s. Beginning in 2001, NAEM expanded its efforts to also include a formal biennial benchmarking survey that looks at how companies are managing EHS and sustainability data as well as the capabilities of available software tools.

Over the years, the survey has continued to evolve to reflect changes in usage and the maturation of the software marketplace. This year’s report is a snapshot of how companies are using management information systems to track progress, improve performance and facilitate external communication.

NAEM is providing this free of charge with the primary goal of advancing the collective understanding of this important issue.

As a non-profit association focused on increasing the success of all EHS and sustainability managers, NAEM does not recommend any one approach or vendor, but rather aims to illuminate common data management practices. We hope the report will contain valuable insights for anyone working on EHS and sustainability data management, whether it is with the purpose of implementing a new system, benchmarking a current system, or expanding the offerings of a commercial solution.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of our advisory committee, who helped shape the questionnaire as well as our financial supporters whose contributions made the research possible.

Press Release

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

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 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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