Global Corporate Survey 2019: EHS Mid-Market Technology Preferences

Published 31 March 2020 by Yaowen Ma & Steve Bolton &

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Executive Summary

This report helps environment, health and safety (EHS) executives in mid-market firms—revenues between $250 million and $1 billion—benchmark their firms’ EHS budgets, investments priorities and technology use relative to their global peer group. Executives at EHS consulting and technology providers also can use the survey findings to support their strategic decision-making and business planning. Verdantix gathered this data as part of our annual global corporate survey, which interviewed 403 senior EHS decision-makers across 35 countries and 25 industries. Of these respondents, 85 (21%) belonged to the mid-market segment, while 184 (46%) belonged to the core enterprise segment—$1 billion to $10 billion in revenue—and 134 (33%) belonged to the large enterprise segments—more than $10 billion in annual revenue. Verdantix survey data finds that mid-market firms have equally ambitious plans for digital transformation efforts with emphasis on EHS software, EHS mobile apps and digital sensors. Cost, inflexible product architecture, poor-quality user interface and lack of out-of-the-box workflows are top factors that limit adoption of EHS software among mid-market firms.

Table of contents

Mid-Market Buyer Preferences For EHS Technologies  
Mid-Market Firms Prioritize Digital Innovation And Transformation Strategies
Cost, User Interface And Out-Of-The-Box Workflows Drive Mid-Market Selection Criteria

Table of figures

Figure 1. Priority For Innovation By EHS Function
Figure 2. Adoption Of Digital Technologies In 2020
Figure 3. Adoption Of Software By EHS Processes In 2020
Figure 4. EHS Software: 2020 Investment Plans
Figure 5. Factors That Limit Adoption Of Commercial EHS Software
Figure 6. Evaluation Criteria For EHS Software Selection 

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About the authors

Yaowen Ma

Principal Analyst

Yaowen is a Principal Analyst at Verdantix conducting research on EHS and ESG information management. His current agenda focuses on digital technologies, best practices and growth strategies across EHS, product stewardship, sustainability performance and ESG risk management. Yaowen has more than seven years of experience managing and delivering EHS and ESG research and consulting engagements to corporates, vendors, investors and industry associations. He holds a dual major bachelor’s degree in environmental management and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Steve Bolton

Research Director

Steve leads the Verdantix EHS research practice, based out of our New York office. He has 25 years of experience advising on sustainability, EHS, circular economy, corporate social responsibility and other business value topics. Steve received a dual environmental science and public policy Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, and an MBA degree from James Madison University.

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