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NAEM Network E-News

March 8, 2012

This week's management quote

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." -Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (1881 - 1973)

  1. How to redesign business for a resource-constrained world
  2. A storm moving at four million mph
  3. Understanding the value of water
  4. How third-party CSR ratings impact share price
  5. Ikea's Steve Howard on bringing sustainability to the masses
  6. The role of corporations in Dr. Seuss
  7. Job Opportunities
Upcoming 2011 NAEM Events

Conference: 2012 Product Stewardship Conference
Boston, Mass. - May 9-10, 2012 - Register today!
Learn best practices on how companies advanced their product stewardship programs and achieved greater transparency throughout the supply chain.

Conference: 2012 EHS Compliance Excellence Workshop
Chicago, Ill.. - Aug 1-2, 2012 - Register today!
See how leading companies are managing EHS to ensure compliance, reduce risk and drive business results.

And now the news

How to redesign business for a resource-constrained world - Article
Whatever form business takes as it negotiates out of the current conundrum, it must operate within the limits of a finite world. While relatively cheap labour in the developing world may fuel growth and feed increasing rates of consumption, pressure on natural resources means manufacturing need to radically transform be fit for purpose today and in the future.

A storm moving at four million mph - Article
The largest solar storm in five years was due to arrive on Earth early Thursday, promising to shake the globe's magnetic field while expanding the Northern Lights. The massive cloud of charged particles could disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas. Companies should plan for future disruptions as the Sun's 11-year storm cycle is building.

Understanding the value of water - Sponsor Article
Generally speaking, water is undervalued.  Although there are many signs suggesting we will all one day pay the "true cost" of water, such calculations are highly dependent upon location, user category, water rights, and many other variables.  Here is guide to help your company consider: What You Think You Pay, What You Actually Pay, and What You Could Pay.
This article is a benefit of the Antea Group sponsoring of NAEM's Sustainability Conference.

How third-party CSR ratings impact share price - Article
Being added to external corporate social responsibility indices enhances a company's reputation and can affect its share price, but not always in ways expected. This article examines how the stock prices of 121 companies changed after being added to or removed from the Calvert Social Index.

Ikea's Steve Howard on bringing sustainability to the masses - Interview
A year ago, Steve Howard, founder and CEO of The Climate Group, became the chief sustainability officer  at Ikea, the privately held $32 billion Swedish home-furnishings giant. As Ikea releases its 2011 sustainability report, Steve talks about his decision to move into industry, Ikea's push for certified cotton and timber and how to make sustainable products affordable to millions.

The Role of Corporations in Dr. Seuss - Blog
With the Dr. Seuss' The Lorax opening in theaters last week, it's interesting to see the role of corporate partnerships and product placement in what is and was originally an unabashed anti-consumerism story. Mark Gunther ponders this relationship and the appropriateness of the partners and sponsors based on their commitment to reducing their environmental impacts. NAEM's Executive Director first talked about The Lorax and its role as a tool to introduce children to conservation values back in May of 2010. Both blogs are good reading as we think about the messages and ideas our children will get from both the original Dr. Seuss book and the newly release (in 3D no less) film. Will you be seeing it?

Job opportunities

Have an open position that you would like to include in the next E-News? Send it to Mike.

Manager, Environmental Policy, NRG Energy
Provide leadership and support for monitoring environmental issues and developing environmental opportunities. Work closely with Commercial Operations, VP of Sustainability, Government Affairs, Plant Operations, Regulatory, Communications and Environmental to achieve this goal. Requires Bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental science or policy, and 8 or more years of experience in the environmental field. Direct experience in, and knowledge of, the power generation industry including traditional and renewable technology.

Senior HSE Director-The Americas, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, Houston, TX
Chicago Bridge & Iron B.V., (CB&I) offers a full spectrum of engineering services from conceptual design through commissioning and performance testing. Our expertise encompasses the design of process installations, mechanical systems, civil and structural piping controls and instrumentation, power distribution, off-sites and utilities. We are currently seeking a HSE Director to manage a group of HSE Site Managers and essential personnel in various locations. The HSE Director will be responsible for developing and implementing programs that will strengthen our position and help the company continue to grow while supervising the HSE function for the Americas region. The Senior HSE Director will provide oversight to all Americas projects in the Project/Engineering/ Construction (PEC) business unit.

National Director of EH&S, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Miramar, FL
Southern Wine & Spirits of America (Southern), founded in 1968, is the single largest distributor of Wine and Spirits in the United States. Today, Southern operates in 35 states, with its corporate headquarters in its original market of Miami, Florida. Southern is a privately held Company of over 11,000 employees with 2010 revenues exceeding $9 billion. Responsibilities include leading, creating and implementing all elements of the environment, health, and safety program and culture including the implementation and maintenance of Southern Wine & Spirits EHS management systems and compliance programs.

Director, Divisional EHS, Ralcorp Holdings Inc., TX, GA or KY
Ralcorp Holdings, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is the nation's leading producer of private-brand foods sold under the individual labels of various grocery, mass merchandise and drugstore retailers. Ralcorp's net sales were over $4.7 billion in 2011 and our operations include more than 40 manufacturing facilities. With more than 10,000 employees in the United States, Canada and Italy, each of our locations offers an environment that values every employee! The Director, Divisional EHS will provide overall coordination and direction for RFBP's OSHA Compliance, Safety and Worker's Compensation Programs. The candidate will also lead and coordinate the Division's Environmental Management and Security processes.

HSE Manager, Undisclosed, Richmond, VA (Relocation Available)
Global leader in aluminum rolled and extruded products, aluminum recycling and specification alloy production with more than 40 facilities globally requires an experienced HSE Manager for its team at their Richmond, Virginia facility. The HSE Manager is responsible for driving continuous improvement and employee involvement in the facility's Health, Safety, and Environmental programs. The HSE Manager will lead all aspects of environmental protection and employee health and safety in a manner that supports the Corporate HSE Policy; this includes the development, implementation, enforcement and auditing of HSE systems within the operations. Apply to: johnabey@bradgateassociates.com.

Director of Environmental, Health & Safety, Undisclosed, Midwest US
The hiring company has a new EHS position open. The selected applicant will design, develop, and implement programs, processes and procedures to meet the company's Environmental, Health and Safety commitments. This position leads a team of 20 direct and indirect reports. Requires 10+ years of EHS experience, with strong EHS experience in the manufacturing and/or supply chain industry experience in the Food and Beverage industry preferred. To apply, please visit: http://hrsearchpros.com/job_postings.aspx

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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