NAEM Network E-News

March 29, 2007
This week's management quote

"The tendency of man’s nature to good is like the tendency of water to flow downward.”

— Mencius (Meng-tzu), Chinese philosopher (c. 371-c. 289 B.C.)


  1. Fortune magazine Names Business World’s Green Giants
  2. The Business Case for a Chief Sustainability Officer
  3. Competitive Advantage from Better Interactions
  4. Lean or Green
  5. The Squeeze: A Novel Approach to Business Sustainability
  6. Job Opportunities


  1. NAEM Workshop: Advancing EHS Using Lean and Six Sigma May 22-23, 2007. Minneapolis, MN. Click here to register

What's New at NAEM

  1. NEC NAEM Chapter reestablishes presence on web. Click here to view the webpage.
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The news

Fortune Magazine Names Business World’s Green Giants --article
The latest issue of Fortune magazine will be its first-ever green issue, which includes a list of ten companies that go beyond what the law requires to operate in an environmentally responsible way. The companies cited by Fortune as being ahead of the learning curve on the strategic value of environmentalism in their industries include, in no particular order: Honda, Continental Airlines, Suncor, Tesco, Alcan, PG&E, S.C. Johnson, Goldman Sachs, Swiss RE and Hewlett-Packard. In separate stories, Fortune also notes the environmental efforts of Patagonia and DuPont, along with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Business Case for a Chief Sustainability Officer --commentary
As the world grapples with environmental crises, businesses need holistic leadership to fundamentally reinvent how we approach sustainability. Rick Walker makes the case for the Chief Sustainability Officer.

Competitive Advantage from Better Interactions --article
Tacit interactions are becoming central to economic activity. Making those who undertake them more effective isn't like tweaking a production line. For many employees today, collaborative, complex problem solving is the essence of their work. These "tacit" activities—involving the exchange of information, the making of judgments, and a need to draw on multifaceted forms of knowledge in exchanges with coworkers, customers, and suppliers—are increasingly a part of the standard model for companies in the developed world.

Lean or Green? --article
The way accountants balance the pursuit of profit and the image of corporate social responsibility has been a complex problem for many years. As companies try to gain market share with a greener image, getting the equation right — and understanding what shareholders really want to see — is becoming more important. Is your company taking the right approach?

The Squeeze: A Novel Approach to Business Sustainability --book review
Who really “likes” business books? Let’s be honest here. I typically read them for a couple reasons: First, because I want to educate myself and stay informed of new ideas; and second, because this magazine pays me to. Because I value both education and money, it’s a worthwhile proposition, but biz books don’t always make you want to turn the page like a good novel. Author Gary Langenwalter must feel like me. He’s taken the topic of sustainable business management and infused it with a storyline so his biz book reads like a novel. Some of the romantic encounters, clichés and jokes are a bit over the top, but what can we expect? I don’t think Gary is aspiring to change careers from business consultant to Nicholas Sparks with this effort.

Job Opportunities

John Deere Power Systems is seeking an Environmental Professional to be the primary person responsible for implementing effective environmental programs and assuring compliance in a small or medium unit or management of one or more environmental programs. In this position, you will: Complete all necessary environmental forms necessary to meet federal, state and local requirements for the Coffeyville facility. Monitor and make recommendations for compliance and improvements in environmental issues that affect the Coffeyville facility. Participate in team projects as the environmental specialist, including new equipment acquisitions, sourcing changes for consumable commodities that may impact the environmental regulations and compliance. Bachelor's degree in areas related to Environmental engineering or 5+ years of experience in an environmental position within the manufacturing industry.
Contact: Click here for more information.

Senior Environmental Engineer (Baltimore area) for this chemical manufacturing company. The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of environmental experience in a chemical manufacturing plant and a BS in Engineering or Environmental Science.
Contact: Paul Shrenker

Safety Manager (Vancouver, WA area) for this non-union semiconductor manufacturing facility. This position reports to the Site Services Manager (EHS Manager) and currently will have no direct reports. The ideal candidate should have 5-10 years experience in a manufacturing plant (preferably semiconductor or chemical plant) which should include 2 years of supervisory experience, a BS in Engineering, Safety or related, and behavior based safety experience.
Contact: Paul Shrenker

EHS Lead (Southwestern WY)for this oil and gas company located in Southwestern WY. The ideal candidate should have 10-15 years EHS experience (including oil and gas) to include environmental permitting and documented success in accident reduction. BS in Safety, Environmental or related and certification (CIH or CSP) desirable.
Contact: Paul Shrenker

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt

NAEM Executive Director


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