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September 30, 2010

This week's management quote

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform. - Theodore H. White (1915-1986), American journalist and historian


  1. EPA lays out five-year plan on priorities
  2. GRI steps up efforts to improve reporting by us firms
  3. States' critical role in fostering energy efficiency businesses
  4. 5 major obstacles to systemic implementation of sustainability
  5. J&J, Walt Disney, Kraft foods top CSR ranking
  6. DJSI scoring flawed, changes coming in November
  7. Job Opportunities

Upcoming 2011 NAEM Events

Save the Date! March 2-3, 2011
Conference: Achieving EHS & Sustainability Excellence Through Management Information Systems (MIS)
San Antonio, TX. More information coming soon!

And now the news

EPA lays out five-year plan on priorities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued its fiscal year 2011 to 2015 strategic plan, which provides a blueprint for advancing EPA’s mission and Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s priorities. The plan includes new benchmarks that track progress against Jackson’s seven priorities, such as taking action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, protecting America’s waters, working for environmental justice, and ensuring that chemical health and safety information is available to the public.

GRI steps up efforts to improve reporting by US firms
With the ambitious goal of making sustainability reporting mainstream for U.S. companies, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has announced it will open a New York-based office. The GRI has secured funding and donations to operate the New York office, to be called Focal Point USA, for the next two years. The nonprofit will soon create a board of directors and advisory group before it begins offering U.S. companies a range of tools and services, such as educational materials and training workshops.

States' critical role in fostering energy efficiency businesses
For businesses to go green, it doesn't just take a smart CEO and savvy business plan. It also takes strong state leadership to ensure that the best incentives, policies, and programs are in place to help businesses improve both the sustainability and profitability of their companies. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy releases its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard report that ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C. on their progress toward advancing energy efficiency policies that help businesses lower energy use and costs, as well as create a healthy energy efficiency industry. View the scorecard.

5 major obstacles to systemic implementation of sustainability
A new study issued by Accenture and the United Nations finds that while the overwhelming majority of business leaders believe that focusing on sustainability correlates with higher performance, the concept is still not woven into the operations fabric of businesses due to 5 critical obstacles. Across a number of parameters, corporate commitment to sustainability has increased since the last time a similar CEO survey was conducted in 2007. The report also found that these CEO’s are caught between the long-term perspective needed to realize the benefits of sustainability and the short-term pressures of earnings results.

J&J, Walt Disney, Kraft Foods top CSR ranking
The 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Index released by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and Reputation Institute delivers its top 50 ranking based on public perceptions of U.S. companies’ CSR efforts. Download the top 50.

DJSI scoring flawed, changes coming in November
Following Halliburton’s questionable inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, it was announced that a reassessment is under way of the proprietary sustainability scores used in the 2010 Corporate Sustainability Assessment.

Job opportunities

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Senior Environmental Management System (EMS) Project Manager, SCANA, Cayce, SC
SCANA’s corporate environmental department has an opening for a Senior Environmental Project Manager located in Columbia, S.C. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing a systematic environmental compliance and risk management system throughout the organization. Position will also be responsible for developing business cases for environmental management systems (EMS) based on organizational objectives and developing a sustainable, systematic EMS model in conjunction with an environmental management information system (EMIS). Requirements include a bachelor degree plus at least five years of related environmental work experience. Experiences with developing and implementing ISO 14001-based and EPA’s Compliance-focused Environmental Management Systems are strongly preferred. Strong project management and computer skills are a must. Familiarity with the electric and gas industry and the associated environmental permitting and compliance programs are desirable. Some overnight travel within the SCANA service area is required. To apply for this position, please visit https://scanarecruit.scana.com/peoplesoft8/erecruitstart.html and do a keyword search for "Sr. EMS Environmental Project Manager."

Corporate Safety Director, Frac Tech Services, Forth Worth, TX
Frac Tech Services is looking for a new Corporate Safety Director. This Director will have safety, health, and environmental management responsibility over multiple sites across the continental U.S and is expected to provide leadership, direction, field support and program management with regards to occupational safety & health requirements, including company initiatives which reduce/eliminate work related incidents/accidents. You will be managing 6 subordinate supervisors in the Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) Department and responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the HSE department. You will also be asked to manage the HSE audit processes with the goal of ensuring continuous improvement and compliance and regularly report to Senior Management regarding identified deficiencies and corrective actions. Follow-up with facilities regularly to ensure compliance and offer help. Some basic requirements include a BA/BS in any field related to EH&S, CSP certification and 5+ years of leadership experience. To apply for this position, e-mail humanresources@fractech.net.

HSE Business Development Manager, Confidential, Houston/Dallas, TX
The HSE Business Development Manager is expected to plan, coordinate, and execute sales and marketing strategies for Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Services. Major responsibilities include leading generation and sales of HSE services for assigned territory and developing and managing relationships with corporate and site-level buyers of HSE services. You will also be expected to produce opportunities through cross-marketing with existence ACE and ESIS products, coordinate marketing activities to ensure that company’s HSE presence, commitment, and capabilities are known in the marketplace. Some basic qualifications include a strong marketing orientation with demonstrated ability to effectively interact with HSE buyers, a college degree, experience in the energy/oil & gas markets and experience in HSE sales in a consulting environment. To apply for this job, please contact Marc Friedman at marc.friedman@esis.com

EHS Manager, Momentive Performance Materials, Inc., Willoughby, OH
The EHS Manager will report directly to the Willoughby and Highland Road Manager with dotted line responsibilities to the Global EHS Manager for the Quartz business. The EHS team in the Ceramics Quartz Division is comprised of 5 individuals. The position will have responsibilities in factories specializing in the manufacturing of fused quartz products sold to customers in the semiconductor, fiber optic and lighting industries as well as the processing of raw materials for the Quartz business. Specific responsibilities include leading all aspects of site Environmental, Health, Safety and PSM operations, including: Health and Safety training, Industrial Hygiene, Site Medical Center Management and PSM program oversight. You will also be asked to develop and implement a variety of proactive initiatives to drive two (2) manufacturing sites & manage projects towards continuous improvements in EHS measurements including OHSA recordables, regulatory compliance and lost time injury cases and audit plant activities for compliance & maintain appropriate documents. A BS in Engineering or Occupational Safety (and MBA/MA preferred) is required. 6+ years working in EH&S manufacturing and experience with air, water and waste compliance. Six Sigma Black belt certification preferred.

Environmental Health & Safety Manager, Alcoa, LaPorte, IN
Alcoa is currently looking for an Environmental Health & Safety Manager in LaPorte, Indiana. This position exercises full responsibility for directing and conducting all EH&S activities for the Operations. The position also involves developing, recommending and implementing programs to maintain safe and healthy working conditions. Responsibilities include promoting maximum protection against accidents, occupational health hazards, fire and damage to company property, coordinating policies and programs relating to safety, occupational health, security and loss prevention and developing, coordinating and implementing EH&S programs for the operation. You will also be asked to lead and support a wide variety of functions designed to reach compliance with Alcoa, federal, state and local EHS requirements, including policy and procedure development and implementation. Some basic qualifications include a BS degree in Occupational Safety & Health Management, Environmental Engineering or equivalent field, 7+ years of experience, CSP/CIH/PE certifications required. Knowledge of EHS regulations/legislative processes preferred.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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