Aligning EHS And Quality As A Strategic Focus For Firms

Published 12 March 2019 by Isabel Velasco &
EHS Learning & Training EHS Software Environment, Health & Safety Incident Management Product Compliance Strategic Focus

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Executive Summary

The mindset of many corporate EHS managers is shifting to employ a more overarching risk-based approach. What does this mean for combining EHS and quality (EHSQ) management? Firms are increasingly perceiving the alignment between EHS and quality processes and are leveraging both efficiencies and incident prevention using: 1) an organizational strategy for EHSQ management; and 2) technology that enables this strategy. This report serves as a lens for global EHS executives to recognize the business activities that cut across EHS and quality, and ask themselves five strategic questions that investigate the EHSQ potential. This report also contrasts three different scenarios of EHSQ integration so that corporate managers can gauge their firm’s current status, identify objectives for future integration, and prepare their strategies and resources accordingly.

Table of contents

Aligning EHS And Quality As A Strategic Focus For Firms
EHS And Quality Are Increasingly Being Managed Under A Single Business Function
Exploring Tech-Enabled Processes That Facilitate Integrated EHSQ Management 
Three Scenarios Define A Firm’s Extent Of EHSQ Integration

Table of figures

Figure 1. Change In Quality Spend In 2019 Compared To 2018
Figure 2. 2019 Investment Plans For Quality Management Software Across 25 Industries
Figure 3. State Of Play Of Technologies For Integrated EHSQ Management
Figure 4. Three Scenarios Of EHSQ Integration Defined By (A) People, (B) Processes And (C) Technology

About the author

Isabel Velasco

Industry Analyst

Isabel is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. Her current agenda focuses on research on all applications of EHS Software, and digital technologies used for EHS services delivery and EHS training. Her current agenda is focused on benchmarking prominent players in the digital EHS services market, as well as in-depth market size and forecast studies that span EHS software and EHS services across global regions. Prior to Verdantix, Isabel worked within the sustainability function of GlaxoSmithKline. Isabel holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh.

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