DSS named globe's top consultancy for environment, health and safety

17 December 2020 Consultancy.eu 4 min. read

For the fourth consecutive year, DuPont Sustainable Solutions has been named the top consulting brand for environment, health and safety. Among the other leading brands in Verdantix’s independent survey were Deloitte, EY, Jacobs and Accenture.

Environment, health and safety (EHS) is a methodology that studies and implements practical aspects of protection of environment, health and safety at occupation. In simple terms it is what organisations must do to make sure that their activities do not cause harm to anyone.

Consulting firms play an important role in helping companies to boost their safety policies and practice – something which has seen demand for their services in the sector grow rapidly in recent years, particularly in the developing world.

Each year, independent research firm Verdantix surveys hundreds of executives in the field to find which firms currently lead the EHS consulting industry. The 2020 incarnation of the study was completed by 300+ senior EHS executives with direct responsibilities for corporate-wide EHS management strategies and initiatives at companies located across 31 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, Gulf States and Africa, Latin America and North America.

The top EHS consulting firms by brand preference

According to these decision-makers, DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) ranks at the top of the pile, both in brand preference and reputation – marking the firm’s fourth consecutive year as the list’s highest placed consultancy.

Four-fifths (79%) of respondents rated the consultancy as either market-leading or strong in its capabilities as an EHS service provider. The firm enjoyed notably high scores in the Western markets of North America and Europe, but this year the Asia Pacific and Oceania region contributed significantly to DSS’s enhanced brand perception, where half of respondents considered its services to be market-leading.

Commenting on the recognition, DSS CEO Davide Vassallo said: “DSS is sincerely grateful to be recognised by executives across the globe as the top environment, health and safety consulting firm. Our expert consultants strive to enable each one of our clients to protect people, improve operations and build the capability of their employees. On behalf of all DSS employees, we thank our clients for their confidence in our capabilities.”

According to Vassallo, when DSS became an independent consulting firm in 2019, the company focused on bringing innovative solutions to market much faster. This enabled DSS to react quickly to the Covid-19 pandemic and develop innovative solutions like SafetyTech.ai that can help organisations improve their EHS management capabilities and achieve operational excellence, which is critical in the current challenging business environment.

This renewed focus seems to have contributed to DSS’ increased recognition for brand preference in 2020, with the 79% of respondents rating DSS as either “market-leading” or “strong” in its capabilities as an EHS service provider far outpacing the 48% DSS registered in the 2019 edition of the Verdantix study.

The top EHS consulting firms by brand awareness

DSS’ nearest rivals on the ranking came in the shape of two Big Four firms. Deloitte, the world’s largest professional services firm by revenue, received 45% of either market-leading or strong assessments, while EY received the same commendation from 39% of respondents. Jacobs and Accenture rounded off the top five of Verdantix’s index, as the last firms to be placed on it with more than 30% of strong-to-market-leading recommendations.

Despite EHS forming a small part of their total capabilities, 10% or more of respondents considered Accenture and Deloitte to be market-leading EHS service providers. According to Verdantix, both firms benefited from a growing positive brand perception in Asia Pacific, reflecting recent strategic investments made in the region.

According to one estimate, the global environment, health and safety market is worth to the tune of $5.3 billion. Demand for EHS services is anticipated to grow in the coming years, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10%, as organisations globally set out to reach new levels of efficiency, security and employee well-being.