Strategic Focus: Upskilling The Future EHS Professional

Published 29 January 2024 by Tom Brown & Bill Pennington &
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Executive Summary

Over the last three years, Verdantix has witnessed the corporate EHS function expand in scope and pivot away from traditional management approaches. Technology advancements, evolving safety practices, sustainability scrutiny and an increasing focus on total worker health are just some of the factors that are shaping the future EHS function. This report aims to assist corporate EHS leaders in upskilling their team members to perform effectively in the modern EHS function – and beyond. It details the trends impacting the future of EHS, the key competencies required of future EHS practitioners and the digital tools that can help EHS functions as they seek to upskill their team members.

Table of contents

EHS professionals must adapt their skills to meet changing responsibilities
EHS priorities will change as the function becomes more intertwined with the wider business
Technology advancement is changing EHS best practices
Upskilling the EHS professional for success
Driving future value within EHS requires a new palette of competencies
Tools to support EHS training and skills development

Table of figures

Figure 1. Challenges EHS leaders must overcome to improve ESG performance
Figure 2. Examples of key skills for the future EHS professional, by seniority level

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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