Market Insight: Comparing EHS Priorities In The European and North American Markets

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Executive Summary

The global alignment of EHS priorities is accelerating. This trend is largely dictated by economic and regulatory pressures, with nuances by regional market and unique industry traits. In a period of economic volatility, overall EHS budgets have remained resilient, while ESG-specific allocations have reflected the discrepancy in investment amounts, given the continued geographic discourse around financial and regulatory pressure. Despite regional differences in vendor selection priorities and legislative prerogatives, the overarching core goals and processes around health, safety and the environment are expected to grow in importance across geographies, as novel technologies continue to push the sector towards digitized optimization.   

This report outlines the similarities and differences in the European and North American (NA) markets, considers the specific drivers for each region, and provides a look ahead to the coming years. 

Table of contents

At A High Level, EHS Priorities Are Similar Across Geographies, But Regional Nuances Exist
Global EHS Markets Are Impacted By Macro And Micro Factors
Geography Reflects ESG Concerns Through Varied Importance, Organizational Ownership, And Budget Levels
EHS Functions Display Similarity Around Core Health And Compliance Priorities Across Regions 
Regional Differences In Preferred EHS Vendors Are Dictated By Selection Bias And Overarching Priorities
Regional EHS Megatrends Are Expected To Align And Accelerate

Table of figures

Figure 1. Changes In Firms' EHS Budgets
Figure 2. Select ESG Regulations Impacting EU And NA Firms
Figure 3. Granular ESG Concerns By Geography 
Figure 4. Geographic Brand Awareness

About the authors

Nathan Goldstein

Senior Analyst
Nathan is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice out of the New York office. His current research agenda focuses on the intersection of sustainability and ESG trends within the EHS operational sphere. Prior to joining Verdantix, Nathan worked at Bluefield Research, where he covered the global water industry, with a focus on the energy, industrial and digital segments. Nathan holds a MSc in Water: Science and Governance from King’s College London.

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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