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Recap: 4 Interesting Takeaways from the NAEM 2016 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum

November 29th, 2016

As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. The 2016 NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum officially wrapped up on Friday, Oct. 28 in Denver, Colorado, and it was a fantastic event.

The 24th annual event drew hundreds of EHS and sustainability professionals and industry leaders to the Mile High City for three days of inspirational speakers, incredible learning sessions and great networking.

For those of you who were unable to attend, we’ve compiled some of the top takeaways to paint you a picture. For those of you who were there, relive some of the highlights below.

1. Materiality is a must

While you and your team are required to track and report on a number of specific items to ensure compliance and prove results, your stakeholders likely only care about a handful of those data points. As a result, there were a number of discussions—and even dedicated sessions—surrounding the importance of materiality and meaningful reporting.

The big takeaway here? Conducting a materiality assessment can help you understand what matters most to your internal and external stakeholders. In addition, as you continue to receive more information requests from stakeholders, materiality can help you tighten the focus, communicate more directly and efficiently, and tell your sustainability story on your own terms.

2. Telling your EHS and sustainability story doesn’t have to be boring

The IGNITE Power Hour session closed out the learning portion of the final event day, featuring dynamic and inspiring speakers from the NAEM community. Each of the nine speakers had just five minutes to present informative and engaging material to the audience. Their presentations ignited the imaginations of attendees, encouraging them to think about how they could use the material to improve their program and training initiatives.

For the Antea Group team members in attendance, these presentations showed us that you don’t need 60 PowerPoint slides or 60-minutes to get your EHS and sustainability message to resonate—and these topics certainly don’t have to be boring.

EHS and sustainability professionals often find themselves in the position to get buy-in and understanding from their top executives and stakeholders, as well as other company employees. For your next presentation, think critically about the message you want to impart on your audience and the action you want them to take. Then, think about how you creatively deliver that message in just five minutes or less. You’ll likely find that this time constraint will fuel your creativity.

3. The EHS&S professional’s job description continues to evolve

Antea Group team members had the opportunity to speak with dozens of EHS and sustainability professionals about opportunities and challenges. Through these conversations, we discovered that their roles and responsibilities are rapidly changing.

Why? As more companies realize the business case for EHS and sustainability, compliance is no longer the sole responsibility of EHS&S professionals. As a result, these professionals are now wearing multiple hats within their organization, tasked with managing risk, reducing costs, streamlining business operations and driving operational excellence.

4. Antea Group’s EHS Passport was a huge hit

The business world is ripe with opportunities for companies to expand into new countries and markets. However, many companies aren’t prepared for the cultural complexities and local regulatory requirements of a new country.

These common challenges led Antea Group to design EHS Passport, a fit-for-purpose solution to help low-risk, fast-growing companies expand into new geographies. We publicly debuted EHS Passport service at NAEM along with our EHS Passport tool, which allowed attendees to gain some of the knowledge they need before embarking on an expansion adventure. Here’s a peek at the tool.

As we talked with event attendees about the offering and showed them the tool, we found that the range of solutions offered in this service really resonated with them as an option that can be tailored to their exact needs.

Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Event

The EHS & Sustainability Management Forum will be back again in 2017. While many details have yet to be released, below are all the basics you need to mark your calendar.

Dates: Oct. 25-27, 2017

Location: Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Website: http://www.naem.org/?page=Future_Forums

Thank you to NAEM for putting on a wonderful event, and thank you to all the attendees who stopped by to chat with the Antea Group team and play with our new EHS Passport tool. Antea Group is also pleased to announce that we donated $510 to Engineers Without Borders, as a result of attendees signing our poster.

See you next year!

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