What we do.

For the last 25 years, Enhesa has covered and continued to cover 270+ jurisdictions around the world, with our 75+ in-house EHS regulatory analysts from more than 40 different countries.

The starting point is our Regulatory Foundations. Enhesa has more than 65,000 EHS regulations (aka laws) in its database, including National/Federal and State/Regional/Provincial level regulations.

This feeds into our Compliance Intelligence service. There are (as of August 2017) a staggering total of 154,611 auditable compliance requirements across all jurisdictions covered.

Here are some examples of regulations vs. requirements in the Enhesa database:

  • China: 4,241 Regulations → 5,236 Requirements
  • Canada: 1,470 Regulations → 8,487 Requirements
  • Argentina: 1,119 Regulations → 1,940 Requirements
  • Belgium: 1,416 Regulations → 2,180 Requirements
  • Brazil: 1,931 Regulations → 2,620 Requirements
  • France: 1,470 Regulations → 1,236 Requirements
  • Germany: 1,801 Regulations → 2,430 Requirements
  • India: 598 Regulations → 4,444 Requirements
  • Mexico: 1,475 Regulations → 4,647 Requirements
  • USA: 7,416 Regulations → 36,991 Requirements
  • UK: 1,748 Regulations → 4,577 Requirements

We keep this information up to date regularly using our Regulatory Forecaster service. We currently have approximately 50,000 regulatory monitoring reports in our database on EHS regulatory and policy developments.

In 2016 alone, we wrote or updated 4,000 monitoring reports.

Why we do it.

74 percent of Corporate EHS Executives had an enforcement action in the last five years (more than half of which were in 2016 or 2017).

43 percent of Corporate EHS managers have little or no confidence that their corporate compliance program ensures regulatory compliance.

During 2016, the U.S. EPA required/imposed:

  • More than USD $13.7 billion in investments by companies in actions and equipment to control pollution.
  • More than one billion dollars in commitments from responsible parties to clean up Superfund sites.
  • Six billion dollars in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties and criminal fines.

The U.S. EPA also reported the imposition of 93 combined years of incarceration for sentenced defendants.

In the UK, HSE imposed an average of £58,000 (approx. $77,664) in fines, for being found guilty of a health and safety breach in 2015 and 2016[1]. The 20 largest fines in 2016 were three times more than in 2015, and eight times higher than in 2014[2].

In the U.S., employers’ costs associated with workers’ compensation totaled $29.5 billion in 2014.

NASCI estimates employers spent more than $91.8 billion in workers’ compensation costs.[3]   

Direct costs (fines, revenue loss, etc.) only account for less than 33 percent of the total costs of non-compliance.

Indirect and opportunity costs are often six to ten times more than direct costs[4].

Other studies have found that:

  • on average, the cost of non-compliance is 2.65 times the cost of compliance;
  • On average, fines for health and safety infringements are 65 percent higher than the cost of complying[5].
  • One dollar invested in injury prevention returns between two and six dollars[6].

How we do it.

Across the top 35 most active countries Enhesa covers– the average time our analysts spend is 100 hours per month/country (for both compliance intelligence and regulatory forecaster combined), the equivalent of 0.625 full time employees (FTE)/country.

If you operate in those 35 countries that equates to 22 FTEs around the world.

For example, if you paid a salary of $50,000, as a rough marker, to each of those FTEs, this would equate to $1.1 million annually for your company to simply stay on top of the regulations that apply to you to the same level of detail, quality and consistency as Enhesa.

We systematically translate our regulatory analysis into over 30 languages.

In our database we have more than 11 million words translated. Yet in offering continual updates to our clients, we are translating an additional 1.75 million words every year into these 30 languages. All translations of Enhesa’s regulatory analysis are carried out by professionals and reviewed by native speakers.

What this means for our clients.

Efficiency & Effectiveness

One central resource. One standardized approach. One quality standard. No. 1 market leader. One peace of mind.

A typical multinational manufacturing corporation will save between 25 – 50 percent of the cost, for Enhesa’s services covering 35 countries, by working with Enhesa compared to them locating/researching and analyzing this information to the same standard (in English and local language) on their own – to the same level of consistency and quality.

You would free up the work of approximately 22 FTEs globally to focus on other aspects of EHS management.

With an on-going compliance management approach there is less need for audits. Think of the savings when you move it to once every four or five years, instead of every one or two years.

Up to the end of November 2017, Enhesa has covered, monitored, analyzed and reported on 3,900 changes in EHS law or upcoming EHS law, aka developments, for our clients. By the end of 2017 there will have been in the region of 4,200 individual EHS developments. This would represent an eight percent increase over the 3,874 regulatory developments we covered in 2016.

 

With the continuously changing and growing environment behind EHS law it is important for you to get a grip on these numbers before start to weigh on your numbers.