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Sustainability & the EHS Professional

  1. 1. The EHS Professional Is Our Profession at a Crossroad? The EHS Professional The EHS Professional Sustainability and Is Our Profession at a Crossroad? The EHS Professional Hector R Rodriguez, CIH, CSP Global Director, EHS & Sustainability Biogen Idec
  2. 2. What is This Conversation About? The status of our profession Sustainability Growing our careers
  3. 3. <ul><li>Go through the basics of the sustainability movement and link it to the EHS professional career. </li></ul>Objective
  4. 4. “…any theoretical model of social processes oversimplifies a complex reality… ” Andrew B. Hargadon First, a Disclaimer…
  5. 5. Source: Practical Sustainability – EHS Professionals in a Sustainability World, Tim Mohin 1980’s 1990’s 1970’s 2000’s 20xx’s A Typical EHS Career Moved up as department expanded… Engine fueled by regulations stalled Efficiency gains led to smaller, maybe less influential departments Now, when global environmental issues drive the agenda… Got job in exciting and growing EHS field
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ EHS has been systematized to the degree that it is part of the daily work integrated into routine plant operations like many other aspects of business...” </li></ul><ul><li>George Carpenter </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Corporate Sustainable Development </li></ul><ul><li>Procter & Gamble </li></ul>Our Current Status… One Opinion
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>“The quandary we face today is the isolation of the EHS profession from mainstream decision making…” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>James E. Leeman, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Synergist </li></ul></ul></ul>Our Current Status… Another Opinion
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ Expected decline in the total EHS population by 2012...of between two and 10 percent.” Corporate headquarters jobs “are expected to decrease in most industries...” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Richard Fiore </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search Consultants International </li></ul></ul></ul>Our Current Status… What One Survey Says… Source: The Future of the EHS Professional: A Survey of Executives in 50 Corporations
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>“The supply of trained EHS professionals is diminishing significantly. Universities across the country are experiencing declining enrollments in occupational safety and health programs…” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Dan Boatright, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Occupational and Environmental Health </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. </li></ul></ul></ul>New Entrants into the Field?
  10. 10. In Summary… In just what direction is this profession heading? Regulatory agencies becoming less influential Management systems increasing efficiencies Population of EHS professionals is in decline Less individuals interested in the profession
  11. 11. <ul><li>Change Focus of EHS Professional… </li></ul>Necessary Evil: “They are a cost but they may keep OSHA away from our door.” Legal and Regulatory Compliance What Can We Do? Source: The Future of the Safety Profession, Darryl Hill, Presentation to ASSE New England Region 12/01/09 EHS as a Core Value (e.g. Social responsibility and sustainability) Operational Efficiency Reducing Business Cost Valued Leader: “These guys have a vision of the future, an understanding of the internal and external climate, and the ability to positively influence the direction of our company ” Valued Team Member: “These guys understand our business and help improve operations on a continuing basis.” Valued Team Member When Dealing with Certain Issues: “At times it is good to have these guys around.” Management’s Value perception of EHS professional…
  12. 12. More Efficient Use of All Forms of Capital What is Sustainability? Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. -- Brundtland Report, 1987
  13. 13. Sustainability… Why Blooming Now? It’s easy to understand if we think of Sustainability as a values-based system which attempts to influence organizational behavior Climate Change is serving as a great catalyst by linking all elements and providing incentives for organizations to &quot;comply&quot; 1920’s 1960’s 1980’s Sin Stocks 2000’s
  14. 14. <ul><li>A very visible set of programs, actions and initiatives that have captured the public’s imagination… </li></ul>The Outcome? Source: CSR and Sustainability in the Blogosphere, Edelman and First
  15. 15. Compliance Where and Why do Companies Engage? Everywhere Capital (Social, Economic and Environmental) Exists Investor Relations Financials Engineering Human Resources Supply Chain
  16. 16. Implications for the EHS Professional Implications for the EHS Professional Leveraging Sustainability
  17. 17. Remember this Slide? In just what direction is this profession heading? Regulatory agencies becoming less influential Management systems increasing efficiencies Population of EHS professionals is in decline Less individuals interested in the profession
  18. 18. Source: “Sustainability Fields Boom on Campus,” The New York Times, August 2009 How About the Sustainability Profession? Harvard’s Extension School – Enrollment up 70% in two years Courses include “Carbon Neutrality” and “Environmental Economics” Berkeley – From 5 courses to 60 in three years Enrollment has grown to more than 400 students from 55
  19. 19. Right down our alley... Right down our alley... Typical Sustainability Initiatives Legal Requirements Energy Audits 3 rd Party Assessments Green Chemistry Fleet Efficiency Reporting
  20. 20. It May Feel Like a Speeding Train… But This May Just be our Speeding Train! Green IT Tele-Commuting Renewable Energy Hybrids Carbon Credits
  21. 21. <ul><li>Are EHS professionals properly trained, positioned and motivated to successfully deal with this new generation of issues and the changing perspectives on traditional issues? </li></ul>The Fundamental Question
  22. 22. Recent Presentation by EHS Professional… Bruce A. Karas, MS, CIH, CSP, ROH  Director, Sustainability, Environmental and Safety
  23. 23. Yet Another… David Eherts Ph.D. VP and Chief Safety Officer
  24. 24. Gretchen Digby  Senior Manager, Safety Engineering And Yet Another…
  25. 25. <ul><li>Are EHS professionals properly trained, positioned and motivated to successfully deal with this new generation of issues and the changing perspectives on traditional issues? </li></ul>Back to The Fundamental Question… Without a doubt... the answer is YES!
  26. 26. <ul><li>“ The notion of “being green” is beginning to shift from what historically has been viewed by CEOs as a cost of doing business to an opportunity to make money through brand enhancement and competitive positioning” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Richard MacLean, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive Strategy </li></ul></ul></ul>Source: Sustainable Development and its Career Implications, Richard MacLean What This May Mean to Our Profession…
  27. 27. <ul><li>“ Environmental vice presidents usually spend company money, but this new breed is helping companies make money ... what started out as a compliance job has evolved into one that guards the value of the brand.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Claudia Deutsch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The New York Times </li></ul></ul></ul>Source: Companies Giving Green an Office, Claudia Deutsch, New York Times, 2007 What This May Mean to Our Profession…
  28. 28. Back to our Future? It’s Already Here… The turnaround is not guaranteed for every organization... it must be driven by visionary EHS Leaders
  29. 29. What Should We Do? Update our Skills… OSHA Log GRI Air Permits Increased Efficiency RCRA Packaging Content and and and Confined Space Cap & Trade and VOC’s LEED and
  30. 30. Embrace Sustainability... Make it Part of Our Jobs Understand What's Important to Your Business But Most Importantly…
  31. 31. <ul><li>Climate Change </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Be Worried, Be Very Worried ”, Time, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Climate Change 2007 ” , Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Communicating Value Trough ESG Disclosures ”, GRI, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Green Building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Building the Green Way ”, Charles Lockwood, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Green Chemistry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ California Green Chemistry Initiative ”, State of California, 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Green IT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Corporate Social Responsibility and Green IT ” Chris Barnard, 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Investor Relations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What IROs Need to Know Now About Corporate Responsibility ”, Thomson Financial, 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Breaking Down the Wall of Codes ”, Center for Responsible Business, 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Environmental Drivers and Shareholders Value ”, ClearBridge Advisors, 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Biofuels, Solar and Wind as Renewable Energy Systems ”, David Pimentel, 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Carbon Dioxide Carbon & Storage ”, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Confronting the Climate Change Crisis ”, Chuck Kutscher, Solar Today, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reporting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Sustainability Reporting Guidelines ”, GRI, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Understanding and Preventing Green Wash ”, Bureau for Social Responsibility, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Strategy & Society ”, Michael Porter, Harvard Business Review, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase Profits ”, Milton Friedman, 1970 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Competitive Advantage on a Warming Planet ”, Jonathan Lash, Harvard Business Review, 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Creating Sustainable Value ”, Stuart Hart, Academy of Management Executive, 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Not Just for Profit ”, Marjorie Kelly, Strategy + Business, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Sustainable Goes Strategic ”, Joe Flower, Strategy + Business, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Valuing Corporate Social Responsibility ”, The McKinsey Quarterly, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ When Social Issues Become Strategic ”, The McKinsey Quarterly, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Why Sustainability is Now the Key Driver for Innovation ”, Ram Nidumolu, Harvard Business Review, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Emergence of the Chief Sustainability Officer ”, Heidrick & Struggles, 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Going Green? Don’t Hire a Sustainability Chief Until You Read This Story ”, Hudson Gain Corporation, 2008 </li></ul></ul>References