Market Overview: The Rise Of Digitized EHS Services

Published 28 November 2019 by Sarah Bloch & Steve Bolton &

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Executive Summary

This report provides a strategic overview of the current state of digitized EHS services and highlights trends impacting the market. Using survey data from 403 EHS decision-makers and interviews with key market players, this report helps guide industry participants through this complex landscape. Disruptive macroeconomic factors and the digital revolution are reshaping ‘business as usual’ in the EHS services market—both regionally and globally. For EHS service firms, digitization and innovation are occurring on two distinct fronts. Firstly, EHS service firms are embedding technology and digital processes into their internal operations and service offerings. Secondly, with the rise of Industry 4.0, EHS service firms are experiencing increasing customer demand for technology selection, implementation and other support. Verdantix analysis finds that EHS service firms are digitizing their capabilities to meet the growing demand of their customers and realize internal efficiency, safety and quality gains.

Table of contents

State Of The Evolving EHS Services Market
Defining Digitized EHS Services
Market Players Are Diverse Within An Evolving Landscape
External Demand And Internal Benefits Are Fuelling Digitized Services
Customer Appetite Is Growing Across The Digital Landscape
Innovation And Digitization Targets Are Proliferating In The Corporate EHS Function
EHS Service Providers Are Digitizing To Derive Competitive Advantage
Vendors Are Developing Networks Of Digital Capabilities
Innovative Digitized Offerings Across High-Impact Service Lines 
Digitally Enhanced EHS Service Areas
Technology Implementation Services

Table of figures

Figure 1. EHS Consulting: Brand Preference Ranking 
Figure 2. New Applications Of Digital Technologies For EHS Services 
Figure 3. Change In Spend Across EHS Categories In 2020 
Figure 4. EHS Consulting Projects: 2020 Investment Plans
Figure 5. Priority For Innovation By EHS Function
Figure 6. Involvement In Digital Transformation By EHS Function
Figure 7. Adoption Of Digital Technologies In 2020
Figure 8. Evaluation Criteria For EHS Consulting Providers  

About the authors

Sarah Bloch

Analyst

Sarah is an Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice.  Her current research agenda focuses on emerging technology, trends and best practices across EHS analytics, industrial wearables and sustainability management. Prior to Verdantix, Sarah worked in strategy consulting and research for business, industry and the public sector in South Africa. Sarah holds a Bsc in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town.

Steve Bolton

Research Director

Steve leads the Verdantix EHS research practice, based out of our New York office. He has 25 years of experience advising on sustainability, EHS, circular economy, corporate social responsibility and other business value topics. Steve 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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