NAEM Network E-News

Sept. 6, 2012

This week's management quote

"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars." - Latin Proverb

  1. A tool for strengthening supply chain sustainability
  2. Military spending on biofuels draws fire
  3. How to manage your company's water risks using aqueduct maps
  4. Seven ways conferences cause you to innovate
  5. Why using the S-word still works
  6. Changing Business from the Inside Out: Building a Career in Sustainability and CSR
  7. Job Opportunities
Upcoming 2012 NAEM Events

Oct. 17-19, 2012
2012 EHS Management Forum
Be inspired by your peers from 75+ leading companies as they share EHS and sustainability best practices at NAEM's signature learning event.
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Sept. 20, 2012: 1 - 2 p.m.
Strategic Influencing: How to Drive and Manage Change (Free Webinar)
Get the skills you'll need to drive and manage change in your organization.
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Sept. 26, 2012: 1 - 2 p.m.
Resource Conservation Measures
Conserving resources (i.e., energy, water and materials) has become a priority goal for EHS and sustainability managers. Learn which approaches and goals have been most effective in most industry sectors.
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NAEM Partner Event:
September 27-28
The New Metrics of Sustainable Business Conference
Explore the future of sustainable business metrics. A Sustainable Brands event in partnership with The Wharton School. September 27-28, 2012, in Philadelphia.

And now the news

A tool for strengthening supply chain sustainability
For many companies, the biggest sustainability risks they face are embedded in the supply chain. While some companies and industry sectors have developed fairly sophisticated methods for assessing and improving the sustainability performance of their suppliers, Ceres' year-long survey of best practices in this arena revealed that most focus on either environmental or social impacts. Effective supply chain management requires attention to both, including issues such as climate change, water scarcity, human rights, governance and stakeholder engagement.

Military spending on Biofuels Draws fire
The naval demonstration — known as the Great Green Fleet — was part of a $510 million three-year, multiagency program to help the military develop alternatives to conventional fuel. It is a drop in the ocean of the Pentagon's nearly $650 billion annual budget. But with the Defense Department facing $259 billion in budget cuts over the next five years, some lawmakers argue that the military should not be spending millions on developing new fuel markets when it is buying less equipment and considering cutting salaries.

How to manage your company's water risks using aqueduct maps
With Aqueduct's Water Risk Atlas, AUO was able to plot the locations of its fabrication plants and water sources on global water-risk maps. These maps indicate current water-stressed regions as well as projected changes in water stress driven by climate change, population growth, and economic development. According to the Water Risk Atlas, the majority of AUO's fabrication plants and the municipalities from which the company sources water are located in areas facing relatively low water risk.

Seven ways conferences cause you to innovate
Good conferences are petri dishes for relationships that inspire and nurture your work, your imagination and your willingness to push beyond your comfort zone. They are fuel. And they are fun.   Like a good TV Drama, they're highly curated experiences – with a narrative arc all their own, serving up people who want to share their own personal bests via speaking, curation or attending. At best they're a Corporate Burning Man that produces a very different kind of environment then your daily workplaces. As such they make the perfect place to submerge your team or CEO for a day or two, because they won't leave without having their molecules rearranged.

Why using the S-word still works
There are so many reasons why sustainability is good for business. It helps attract, retain, and motivate the best talent. Our customers use it to differentiate products and suppliers in an increasingly commoditized world. Reducing waste improves the bottom line. Sustainable performance improves market value (or at least some studies say so). And it's good (I am convinced) for long-term shareholder value. As the Dow Jones Sustainability Index says, a sustainable business "creates long-term shareholder value by mitigating risks and embracing opportunities from economic, environmental, and social developments."

Changing Business from the Inside Out: Building a Career in Sustainability and CSR
What does one do to get a job in the field of corporate social responsibility? And moreover, how do you excel in such an emerging and undefined field?   In this interview, Tim Mohin offers critical pieces of advice and practical tips for current and aspiring professionals who believe they can make a difference through their careers. Don’t miss Tim’s keynote at the NAEM Forum this October 17-18th

Job opportunities

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

Senior Health and Safety Specialist, Danaher Corp.; Elizabethtown, NC
Danaher Specialty Products is seeking an experienced Health and Safety professional to lead the Safety and Environmental initiatives regionally in its Elizabethtown facility. The Senior Health and Safety Specialist will ensure compliance and drive continuous improvement of safety and environmental metrics including, accident investigation, workers compensation, electrical safety, machine guarding, chemical management, environmental reporting and hazardous waste activities. This is a visible leadership position in a fast paced and changing environment. From metal fabrication and injection molding to light assembly, our vertically integrated high-mix facility offers a wide variety of operational challenges and experiences which can grow a career. Requires a bachelor's degree and five years experience. To read the full description and apply, visit the Danaher site and search for job # SPE000042.

Director of Safety, Texas Disposal Systems; Austin, TX
The Director of Safety is a newly created position in the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and Recycling Industry. This position reports to the COO/CFO and will be responsible for the overall safety, compliance and training functions as it relates to all of the company's business units including, but not limited to, the following - design, planning, organizing and directing safety initiatives, training, awards programs, disciplinary actions to meet company objectives; developing and implementing train the trainer programs and new hire training programs; developing long range accident prevention programs; and accident and injury investigation, follow up, countermeasures. Responsibilities also include hands on day to day safety and training functions at several facilities through-out Texas with the main facility in Austin. BS in relevant field along with 10+ years of experience in safety. OSHA, MSHA, DOT, FMCSA and Hazardous Materials regulations experience preferred. To apply for this position, send resume and cover letter by email to Note the job title and requisition number found in the job description.

EHS Manager, L3 Communications; Jackson, MS
The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following duties - responsible for Environmental Health and Safety matters and furnishes professional advice concerning such matters to the Director Quality/EH&S; Participates, as member of the management team, in formulation and establishing organizational policies and operating procedures for the company; Conducts safety and health inspections, recommends measures to eliminate or control hazardous practices and conditions which may cause mishaps, and prepares supplemental written safety procedures for applications to local organizational components. BS in relevant scientific field, 3+ years experience developing and implementing environmental, health and safety programs in an aviation/industrial setting. Demonstrated experience in developing worker exposure assessment and air monitoring programs and techniques with a working knowledge of state and federal occupational safety and health regulations. No security clearance required. To apply for this position, visit L3's careers website and search for Requisition ID 038210.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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