Strategic Focus: When Should Firms Tie EHS And Quality Together?

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Executive Summary

This report outlines how the EHS landscape is evolving to encompass additional elements to support business functions. Quality management systems are valuable platforms for firms to manage their assets to ensure process efficacy and reduce risk. The coupling of EHS and quality is not always conducted explicitly within a centralized platform, but due to the similar tools required, firms are already tying these processes together. The level of EHS and quality integration can vary, depending on the firm and type of industry. The uptake of a synergistic process can also depend on the relative importance of regulation and compliance within a sector. Verdantix finds that all firms have some aspect of EHS and quality requirements, and that quality processes can bring intrinsic benefits across their value chains. 

Table of contents

Strategic Focus: When Should Firms Tie EHS And Quality Together? 
EHS And Quality Processes Comprise Similar Workflows
Product-Intensive Industries Can Capitalize On EHSQ Methodologies
EHS Will Associate Itself With Different Initiatives Within A Firm, Not Just Quality Management

Table of figures

Figure 1. Compound Benefits Of Coupling EHS And Quality Processes 
Figure 2. Low, Medium And High Levels Of EHS And Quality Integration A Firm Can Adopt 

About the authors

Pritam Kapadia

Analyst

Pritam is an Analyst in the Verdantix EHS team. Pritam joined the team in 2021 and has experience in research from an industry-partnered project at Lancaster University, alongside digital solutions from his time at 3D manufacturing software firm, AMFG. Pritam holds an MEng in Chemical with Biochemical Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Engineering from University College London. 

Bill Pennington

Research Director, Environment, Health & Safety

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

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