2020 has forced us all to reconsider how our organizations operate with a renewed focus on strengths and vulnerabilities in an increasingly volatile world. External factors, such as natural disasters, political and economic uncertainty, and the global pandemic, are changing the business landscape at unprecedented rates with seismic ramifications for the health and longevity of our institutions. Moving forward, prioritization of initiatives and resources toward speed, elasticity, and a deeper focus on long-term strategy has become vitally important for continued success. But effective prioritization of your EHS&S programs requires a deliberate, methodical, and data driven approach, particularly when trying to plan for unknown future disruption.
The first step to addressing shifting goals and resources of an organization is to fully understand how and why that shift has come about. Large scale, “black swan” external factors, like we’ve seen in 2020, usually highlight underlying instability rather than cause it outright. Taking a closer look at how the structural factors of an organization may drive change is key, and then mapping out how shifting priorities will align with overall business objectives moving forward. Cultural adoption and top management buy-in are critical components of a successful EHS&S program, requiring open communication to stakeholders and organizational transparency up front.
A comprehensive analysis of current systems, resource allocation, and existing directives is necessary. Using a data driven approach to establish a baseline of critical components of an EHS&S program will provide the quantitative proof of how initiatives do and do not align with the holistic goals of an organization. Using those metrics, it is easier to prioritize focus and resources on value driven decision making with a demonstrable approach to strategic planning that all levels of the organization can grasp.
Of course, as no two EHS&S programs are at the same stage of development, each with differing strengths and weaknesses, there is no one-size-fits-all assessment. A customized analysis of how teams and initiatives fit into a specific organization is required to effectively enhance existing functional area operations and how they add value to the organization.
After more than 25 years of innovation and insight in EHS&S, Capaccio has followed the data to bring this objective methodology directly to our clients. Our Program Optimization Strategy has been shown to address the growing needs to organizations in flux that require speed, elasticity, and a more resilient structural plan to adapt to an ever-changing world.
Winner of the ,Environmental Business Journal – Business Achievement New Practice of 2019 Award, this strategy enables organizations of all sizes to meet the growing expectations of stakeholders while streamlining systems and adding long-term sustainability value.
For more information about prioritization of EHS objectives, listen to our podcast, ,Aligning EHS with Business Objectives or email ,Cristina Mendoza, Strategic Integration Lead & Sustainability Consultant.