GEMI Announces 2018 Board of Directors

January 18, 2018, Washington, DC. The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) has announced its new Board of Directors for 2018.

Steve Hellem, GEMI’s Executive Director, stated, “It is my pleasure to announce that GEMI has elected Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods as its Chair for 2018.”

“I am looking forward to continuing to serve as GEMI’s Chair in 2018” said Bill Gill.  “GEMI provides a unique forum for corporate sustainability leaders to foster global environmental sustainability excellence through thought leadership, world-class meetings, and the development of leading sustainable business solutions and collaborations, and I look forward to working together with fellow GEMI members to advance this mission in 2018. “

Mr. Hellem added, “In addition to Bill’s leadership role as the 2018 Chair of GEMI, we are very pleased to announce three new members joining the Board in 2018: George Racine of ExxonMobil Chemical Company; Joe Lima of Schlumberger; and, Phillip Crowder of Sealed Air Corporation.”

The GEMI Board of Directors for 2018 includes:

  • Chair:Bill Gill, Assistant Vice President Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
  • Vice-Chair: Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President, Director – Environmental Compliance & Remediation Services, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Project Chair: Phillip Crowder, Director, Sustainability Services, Sealed Air Corporation
  • Membership Chair: Joe Lima, Director Environmental Sustainability, Schlumberger Limited
  • Communications Chair: George Racine, Senior Advisor, Sustainability, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

“The GEMI Board of Directors is an impressive group of corporate environmental sustainability thought leaders, and we appreciate their strong commitment to and leadership of GEMI’s mission of creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business,” said Steve Hellem, GEMI’s Executive Director.

For more information about GEMI please visit GEMI’s website at www.gemi.org

GEMI publishes new ISO 14001:2015 Self-Assessment Checklist

GEMI publishes new ISO 14001:2015 Self-Assessment Checklist

Tool helps sustainability professionals quickly assess an organization’s management practices according to the latest ISO 14001 updates

Washington, DC – The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), a global leader in developing insights, networking and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business, today released a new edition of its GEMI ISO 14001:2015 Self-Assessment Checklist to reflect the 2015 revisions to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard. The checklist enables a rapid self-assessment of an organization or facility to determine how closely existing management practices and procedures correspond to the elements of the standard.

GEMI produced its original checklist in 1996 to help interested companies understand the requirements of the new-at-the-time ISO 14001 standard, an internationally recognized approach to managing immediate and long-term environmental impacts of an organization’s products, services and processes. Since then, ISO has continued to update the 14001 standard, with the most recent 2015 update offering substantial adjustments.

“Sustainability strategy and management best practices have rapidly transformed during the last 20 years, and we felt it was a priority for our group to overhaul GEMI’s original checklist to reflect the current environment,” said Mark Johnson, senior vice president, director – Environmental Compliance & Remediation Services, Gannett Fleming Inc., and communications and marketing chair, GEMI. “We moved away from GEMI’s original lengthy document format to offer a spreadsheet that will make it easier for people to complete efficiently and digest the standard requirements across seven key categories.”

Of note, some of the biggest changes to the ISO 14001:2015 standard—and therefore, GEMI’s tool—are the following:

  • Identifying and addressing the opportunities and risks that may impact an organization’s environmental management system
  • Emphasizing stronger requirements for identifying an organization’s stakeholders and having a stakeholder communications plan
  • Demonstrating commitment to improved environmental performance, not just continual improvement
  • Identifying environmental aspects associated with the life-cycle stages of products and detailing where the organization can control or influence the environmental aspects of those life-cycle stages
  • Requiring top management accountability and engagement to incorporate the standard in the operational functions and strategic direction of the business

“Globally, many organizations have come a long way from retroactively reporting on benchmarks to more proactive thinking on environmental management, and this tool should help all environmental professionals brush up on the latest methods,” said Bill Gill, AVP environmental affairs, Smithfield Foods, and chair, GEMI.

GEMI provides a forum for its members to work together to identify and develop new solutions for current and emerging sustainability issues. GEMI’s ISO 14001:2015 self-assessment checklist was developed in a collaborative process by GEMI members.  The development of this new GEMI checklist was led by Mark Johnson of Gannett Fleming with support from Steve Rowley and the Gannett Fleming compliance and management team.

GEMI’s ISO 14001:2015 Self-Assessment Checklist can be found here: http://gemi.org/14001

About GEMI 

GEMI (www.gemi.org) is the global leader in developing insights, networking, and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business. For 25 years, GEMI has captured the vision and experience of global corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability leaders from diverse business sectors through the development of a wide range of publicly-available, solutions-based tools designed to help companies improve the environment, their operations and add business value.

GEMI summer meeting addresses resource efficiency strategies

GEMI summer meeting addresses resource efficiency strategies

Members share case studies and insights to close loops in supply chains, recover and recondition materials and integrate sustainability throughout the lifecycles of materials

Washington, DC – The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), the global leader in developing insights, networking and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business, gathered for its summer meeting to focus on resource efficiency on July 27-28 in St. Paul, Minn. Hosted by GEMI member Tenant Company and held at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Environment (IonE), the meeting began with Lewis Gilbert, managing director of the IonE, sharing insights from the organization’s projects about valuing natural capital, supply chain sustainability, water conservation in agriculture and sustainability communications.

“Hearing from those who are making progress in resource efficiency efforts within their companies and organizations helps all of us think of ways we can implement those insights for our own business solutions,” said Stan Mierzejewski, senior manager, sustainability, Tennant Company. “Whether it’s determining financial and natural capital opportunities for closed-loop systems, designing for circularity, materials recovery and reconditioning or value chain approaches to developing resource efficiency solutions, we can learn from each other and connect our efforts for better supply chain efficiency outcomes and healthier environmental impacts.”

   

Pictured: Kathleen Salyer, US EPA; Chad Pregracke, Living Lands and Waters

Leading business and environment experts joined GEMI membership to share case studies, projects, research and new ways evaluate the risks and opportunities. Speakers included representatives from the University of Minnesota, the U.S. EPA, Trucost, the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, 3M, Johnson Controls, Steelcase, General Motors, Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council, Resource Recycling Systems, Living Lands and Waters, Koch Industries, GE Water and the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition.

“Sustainability has evolved from businesses retroactively reporting on goals and outcomes to enhancing reputation to proactively managing materials and resources and measuring that performance daily,” said Steve Hellem, executive director, GEMI. “Global and U.S.-based initiatives are driving the push toward a circular economy, but there are many regulatory, standardization, chemical make-up, process and communication, packaging and financial roadblocks that stand in the way shifting from a recycling-heavy mindset to true systematic supply chain development.”

   

Pictured: John Bradburn, General Motors; Sheryl Corrigan, Koch Industries

As part of GEMI’s meetings, GEMI members work together to identify and develop new solutions related to the meeting topic. As a follow up to this meeting, GEMI will develop a Quick Guide on Resource Efficiency to serve as a primer for all business leaders who are interested in implementing circular economy concepts. The Quick Guide is planned for late 2016. All current GEMI Quick Guides are available to the public: http://gemi.org/solutions/solutions-quick-guides/.

The next GEMI meeting will be held in November 2016, and will address supply chain sustainability. Nonmember companies considering membership may request attendance at one meeting on a complimentary basis. For more information about GEMI, membership benefits and upcoming meetings, visit www.gemi.org or email GEMI’s Executive Director, Steve Hellem: shellem@navista.net.

About GEMI

GEMI is the global leader in developing insights, networking, and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business. For 25 years, GEMI has captured the vision and experience of global corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability leaders from diverse business sectors through the development of a wide range of publicly-available, solutions-based tools designed to help companies improve the environment, their operations and add business value.

sustainability 101 quick guide

Sustainability 101

GEMI develops ‘Sustainability 101’ guide for corporate responsibility professionals

New free resource offers practical guidance for building a sustainability program and earning executive leadership support

Washington, DC – The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), the global leader in developing insights, networking and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business, today announced the publication of its Sustainability 101 Quick Guide. The guide offers a comprehensive overview of how companies today are creating business value from sustainability plus guidance to help sustainability professionals develop, manage and grow their programs.

“A successful corporate sustainability strategy requires senior management support, and GEMI’s new Sustainability 101 resource will help environmental, health and safety professionals facilitate that discussion and earn critical leadership buy-in,” said Roland Mostovy, Sustainability Program manager, Ashland Inc., and GEMI’s membership chair. “Whether a company is talking about sustainability for the first time or wants to better align an existing program with the larger business strategy, this primer will show how to navigate the complexities, gather feedback, research the right opportunities and set goals and measurements.”

The Sustainability 101 guide provides a baseline understanding of the subject; offers a simple approach to tackling an often complex, sometimes vague topic; and supports discussion within an organization about how to build greater business value from a company’s approach to sustainability. It charts five important action steps for EHS professionals and executives to consider as they determine how sustainability can bring value to their businesses. It also includes supporting case studies from GEMI members and an index of recommended external resources.

“Sustainability isn’t an easy topic, and that’s why GEMI exists – to collaborate on sustainability solutions, tools and resources as well as leveraging our own experiences to help others solve these challenges,” said Bill Gill, assistant vice president, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, and chair, GEMI. “Our organization has been working on this latest resource for three months, and we’re proud to offer it for free on our website.”

The Sustainability 101 guide is part of GEMI’s larger Quick Guide series that features practices to address real-time issues and sustainability concepts, supported with mini case studies from member companies. To download the free guide, visit http://gemi.org/solutions/solutions-quick-guides/sustainability-101/ 

For more information about GEMI and to view all Quick Guide materials, visit www.gemi.org.

About GEMI

GEMI is the global leader in developing insights, networking, and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business. For 25 years, GEMI has captured the vision and experience of global corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability leaders from diverse business sectors through the development of a wide range of publicly-available, solutions-based tools designed to help companies improve the environment, their operations and add business value.