Best Practices: Building The Business Case For EHS Platform Consolidation And Integration Projects

Published 8 September 2023 by Tom Brown & Bill Pennington &

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Executive Summary

This report helps corporate EHS and Operations leaders complete the steps necessary to build a business case and secure funding for EHS platform consolidation and integration projects. Verdantix draws on its expertise in the EHS software market to provide insights into prominent drivers of EHS platform transformation, the depth and breadth of functionality provided by vendors, and the benefits of consolidating and integrating EHS systems. We infuse this information with an assessment of best practices, gained through our experience in successfully facilitating EHS digitization strategy projects for corporate entities. EHS leaders should use this report to guide them through the steps required to develop a pragmatic digital EHS vision and to help them make a compelling business case for system development to C-Level budget-holders. 

Table of contents

Corporate EHS leaders prioritize system consolidation and integration to enhance EHS efficacy
Modern EHS solutions deliver a complete suite of solutions to large-scale firms
Setting the foundations for a compelling EHS digital transformation business case
Assembling a well-rounded steering team adds momentum to the business case
Outlining a clear strategy for EHS digitization projects
Structuring the business case for EHS platform consolidation and integration
The EHS software investment business case must align financial, strategic and operational benefits
EHS executives should follow a five-step process when building the case for EHS transformation

Table of figures

Figure 1. Component modules of a complete EHS platform
Figure 2. Importance of system integration to corporate safety risk management
Figure 3. Lockheed Martin’s approach to corporate ESG reporting
Figure 4. Role of EHS functions in defining ESG strategy
Figure 5. Breakdown of EHS software costs
Figure 6. Five key steps: building the business case for EHS consolidation and integration 

About the authors

Tom Brown

Senior Analyst
Tom is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. His current research agenda focuses on a range of EHS topics, including high-risk safety controls, contractor management, environmental services and EHS digitization strategy. Prior to joining Verdantix, Tom achieved a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management
Bill is the VP Research for the Verdantix EHS & Risk Management practices. His current agenda focuses on understanding the evolution of EHS and enterprise risk management, evaluating emerging strategic risks and benchmarking technology buyers’ budgets, priorities and preferences globally.

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