Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) professionals are the protectors of their organizations. When they do their jobs well, they reduce risks to employees and to the communities in which their companies operate. They make decisions, and follow the rules, to keep their workplaces safe and in compliance with industry regulations. They work to keep their workforces working, to ensure that their businesses can continue to run.
The EHS professional, in other words, is primarily concerned with sustainability. Defined by the United Nations as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, sustainability to those in EHS also has to do with supporting economic growth, while ensuring environmental stewardship, and protecting the physical and mental health of the workforce. The word isn’t always in the job description, but sustainability and EHS almost always go hand in hand.
In the pages that follow, we’ll take a closer look at why we believe this is true. We’ll also explore:
- The role of individuals and organizations in creating a more sustainable future
- How EHS professionals can use sustainability initiatives to positively impact the environment and people’s lives
- How evolving sustainability requirements may affect EHS programs
- How organizations can leverage technology to drive sustainability success
Investors and regulators are increasingly demanding that companies show that their businesses take sustainability seriously. This eBook is our guide for the EHS professionals who are ready to step up and lead the way.