Green Quadrant Digital EHS Services 2019

Published 8 January 2019 by Isabel Velasco with Steve Bolton
EHS Analytics EHS Services EHS Software Environment, Health & Safety Green Quadrant

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Executive Summary

This report provides a detailed, fact-based comparison of the nine most advanced digital EHS service providers. Based on the proprietary Verdantix Green Quadrant methodology, the analysis is based on a two-hour interview with executives and practice leaders at each vendor, vendor responses to a 129-point questionnaire, interviews with 11 independent customers representing eight industries who have bought or are planning to buy digital EHS services, and a survey of 145 EHS consultants. The analysis finds that most influential vendors in the market have begun generating competitive leadership through acquisitions, partnerships and investments. Smart buyers demand EHS consultants with advanced digital abilities that keep up with their own digital agendas. The analysis of the service line capabilities and market momentum of the vendors reveals that four firms—Arcadis, AECOM, Jacobs and ERM—currently lead the market, whilst the other vendors have strong capabilities in specific areas, such as digital safety training, EHS analytics and IoT sensor implementation.

Table of contents

The State Of The Digital EHS Services Market

EHS Consultants Are Not Fully Aware Of The Potential Impact Of Digitization 
Digital Acquisitions, Partnerships And Investments Are Not Yet Commonplace
Four Factors Drive Investment In Digitally Enhanced EHS Services
Investing In Digital Skills Creates Opportunities For Bottomline Growth 

Smart Buyers Will Select EHS Consultants Aligned With Their Own Digital Agendas
EHS Leaders Perceive Innovation As An Important Success Factor
Customers Demand EHS Consultants That Combine Advanced Digital Ability With Industry-Specific Knowledge
Large-Scale Multidisciplinary EHS Consultancies Exhibit The Greatest Brand Preference Among EHS Decision-Makers

Green Quadrant For EHS Digital Services  
Green Quadrant Methodology
Evaluated Firms: Selection Criteria
Applying The Evaluation Criteria For Digital EHS Services To The Vendors
AECOM Offers Innovative EHS Services Enhanced By Internally Developed Digital Tools 
Arcadis Acquires E2 To Become The Leading Firm In The Digital EHS Services Market 
DSS Is The Best Of Breed In Providing Digital Safety Training
ERM Offers Pristine EHS Software Implementation With Strong EHS Data And Analytics capabilities
EY Has Established Itself As The Leading Provider Of Advanced EHS Analytics
Jacobs Offers Seamless Management Of EHS And Operational Data For Firms Operating In High-Risk Environments
Langan’s Investment In Drones Increases The Efficiency Of Large-Scale Redevelopment Projects 
Ramboll’s Aggressive Innovation Strategy Yields A Services Package Enhanced By Market-Leading Digital Tools
Tetra Tech Acquires BridgeNet To Advance Its Environmental Consulting Arm In The Aviation Industry

Table of figures

Figure 1. Impact Of Technologies On EHS Consulting By 2021
Figure 2. Drivers To Use More Digital Technology In 2018
Figure 3. Priority For Innovation By EHS Function
Figure 4. Adoption Of Digital Technologies In 2019
Figure 5. EHS Consulting Projects: 2019 Investment Plans
Figure 6. EHS Consulting: Brand Preference Ranking
Figure 7-1. Capabilities Criteria For EHS Services Applications
Figure 7-2. Capabilities Criteria For EHS Services Applications
Figure 7-3. Capabilities Criteria For EHS Services Applications
Figure 8. Momentum Criteria For EHS Software Applications
Figure 9-1. Criteria Scores
Figure 9-2. Criteria Scores
Figure 10. Green Quadrant Digital EHS Services 2019

Organisations mentioned

3M, AECOM, Alcoa, Amec Foster Wheeler / Wood Group, American Petroleum Institute, Antea Group, Apprion, Arcadis, Assent Compliance, BASF, Bluestone Consulting, BNSF, Boeing, BP, BridgeNet, British Sugar, Carnegie Mellon University, CH2M Hill, Chemours, Chevron, Chola Risk Services, Clean Harbors, Columbia Gas, Cority, Dakota, DEKRA Insight, Dell, Dominion, DuPont, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, DXC Technology, E2 Manage Tech, EarthSoft, Ekati Diamond Mine, Electric Power Research Institute, Emerson, Enablon, Enviance, ENW, ERM, Esri, EtQ, eVision, Extronics, EY, Federal Public Ministry of Brazil, Freeport LNG, General Electric, General Mills, Gensuite, Geotech, GHD Environment, Global Analytics, Golder Associates, Guardhat, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Honeywell, Huco Consulting, IBM, INDUS, Infosys, Intelex, iPoint, IsoMetrix, Jacobs, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Chase, Kinder Morgan, Kümaş, Langan, Logical Safety, M3SH Technology, Marathon Oil, Mars, Microsoft, Mimesys, Modjoul, Netronix, OpenText, P&G, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PepsiCo, Pine Environmental, Ramboll, RealWear, Rio Tinto, Rockwell Automation, Rolls Royce, RSM&CO, Ryder Transportation, SAI Global, SAP, Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation, Scania, SEAMS, Sensabot, Shell, Spark Cognition, Sphera, SustainIt, Sydney Rapid Transit, Tetra Tech, Transport for London, Triax Technologies, Trinity Consultants, UCOR, UL EHSS, US Army National Guard, US Department of Energy, US Environmental Protection Agency, Valero, Vault Intelligence, VelocityEHS, Virtual Armor, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

About the author

Isabel Velasco

Industry Analyst

Isabel is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix EHS Innovative Technologies practice group, including research on all applications of EHS Software, and digital technologies used for EHS services delivery and EHS training. Her current agenda is focused on the market evolution of EHS services digitization, as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Isabel has been with Verdantix for more than a year, and previously worked within the sustainability function of GlaxoSmithKline. Isabel holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh.

Steve Bolton

Research Director

Steve recently joined Verdantix as a Research Director, based out of our New York office. He has over 20 years of experience advising on sustainability, EHS, energy management, corporate reputation, and other business value topics, creating and deploying innovative programs across diverse corporate cultures, enhancing operational excellence, messaging initiatives to various stakeholders, and measuring and reporting tangible achievements. Previously, Steve worked for the research firm Trucost in natural capital analysis and client engagement, the investment association CFA Institute spearheading the organization's global sustainability activities, and the consulting firm MBDC implementing cradle-to-cradle change across client companies, among other roles. He received a dual environmental science and public policy Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, and an MBA degree from James Madison University.

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