At Encamp, we’re dedicated to taking a proactive approach to security, compliance, and data privacy for businesses and their environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance operations, particularly given the volume of EHS data entrusted to us by our customers. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and Tier II reporting requirements specified in EPCRA Section 312, facilities storing or using chemicals determined to be hazardous substances by the EPA are required to file their chemical inventory data annually via a Tier II form.

The purpose of a Tier II report is to provide each State, local officials, and the public with specific information on the potential hazards chemicals can pose within a facility. Tier II reporting also encompasses hazardous materials stored elsewhere on site. As of 2022, Encamp has filed more than 13,000 Tier II reports for our customers, a number that continues to grow exponentially. Therefore, we’re excited to share Encamp’s EHS environmental data management software has reached another important milestone and is now SOC 2 Type 2 certified.

 

For EHS Data, What Does it Mean to be SOC 2 Type 2 Compliant?

Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type 2 is a voluntary compliance standard set by the American Institute of CPAs for leading technology companies that offer cloud-based products. It also specifies how an organization should manage customer data defined by a rigorous set of criteria called the five trust service principles: Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy.

In Encamp’s case, these criteria were used by independent auditor Schellman & Company LLC to evaluate how well Encamp manages its customer data and ensures that we have strong security controls in place to protect the EHS data they report. 

Being SOC 2 (Type 1 and 2) compliant means we have successfully demonstrated, as independently verified by a third-party audit, that Encamp’s EHS compliance software has the gold standard of privacy and security controls in place to ensure our customers their most important data is kept safe and secure from all threats.

 

“Encamp prides itself on our core value of being customer obsessed. Our customers’ trust is essential and is rooted in everything we do. Achieving our SOC 2 Compliance directly aligns with that core value, providing proof and confidence to our customers that Encamp is committed to ensuring that their data is kept secure and private.”

Brandon Muller, Sr. Security and DevOps Engineer at Encamp


What does this SOC 2 Certification mean for Encamp’s EHS Compliance Software?

Encamp chooses to view our SOC 2 Compliance as an investment, rather than a “necessary evil.” Maintaining our SOC 2 compliance assures current and prospective customers of our commitment to protecting both their EHS data and associated corporate information, improves our employee’s vigilance, and reduces the risk of a security event or data breach.

In meeting Tier II reporting requirements for EPCRA and environmental compliance, businesses who work with Encamp can be confident their EHS data maintains the highest levels of completeness, accuracy, and safety throughout the Tier II filing process. Learn more about Encamp’s Security Statement.

 

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

Encamp has raised $30M in a round led by Drive Capital, with participation from existing investors OpenView, High Alpha Capital, Allos Ventures, and more. The round follows on the back of a 500% increase in ARR in 2021 and rapid people growth, and values the company at $150 million. 

I’m grateful for these investors’ conviction in Encamp, for the employees that have gotten us to this point, and for our incredible clients, who make all of this possible.

We started Encamp four years ago with a dream of a future where businesses are able to automate environmental compliance data tracking and reporting at every facility to all the right regulatory agencies across all jurisdictions for every requirement — in one unified system.

However, that’s not how it works today.

Compliance and Sustainability

Facility environmental data is typically spread across a vast number of unrelated internal enterprise systems. Maintaining the integrity of facility environmental data across all these disconnected and constantly changing systems makes it challenging for companies to sustain robust and streamlined environmental compliance programs.

Encamp’s core thesis is that facility environmental data is essential to enable high performing environmental and social governance (ESG) initiatives and protect companies from compliance risks — and that unifying this data in a single system will help companies grow while protecting the environment.

Technology that Transforms Compliance

Encamp provides companies and environmental health and safety (EHS) teams a single system to track facility environmental data, assess compliance requirements based on that data, and automate compliance reporting to all the right regulatory agencies across a rapidly growing number of regulations

This system doesn’t just eliminate the complexity, cost, and constraints inherent with approaches involving billable hours and manual work—we believe it will be a critical foundation for driving environmental initiatives and sustainable growth in the world’s largest companies going forward.

We’ve been humbled to see our customers join our vision and transform their environmental compliance programs. Enterprises that invest in EHS software and a data-first approach to their environmental initiatives aren’t just more efficient. They are better environmental stewards—with more intelligent workflows, more robust compliance reporting processes, and more powerful analytics to achieve environmental and operational goals. This is also why we have seen a 500% revenue growth in 2021 and have many of the Fortune 1000 companies as customers.

What’s Next?

We’re on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. 

Looking ahead, and with this funding, we will be laser focused on building the environmental operating system that allows companies across the globe to use data to not only comply with environmental regulations, but to also unlock their potential for sustainable growth to build a better future. We believe that economic growth and environmental sustainability can fuel one another through technology—and we are looking for remarkable people who believe the same to help us build this future. 

Sic Parvis Magna (thus great things from small things).

Read the full press release here.

Does this mission excite you? Are you an exceptional individual looking to make an impact on the environment using technology? Check out our open job postings and apply today!

When our CEO and co-founder Luke Jacobs was asked recently what surprised him most about starting Encamp, his response was this:

“I’ve learned that starting and growing a company and innovating in a specific field takes years — but that, in time, it’s possible to make incredible progress.”

After introducing the groundbreaking Encamp technology in 2018 to make environmental compliance data management more efficient and reporting more accurate, our company’s trajectory has indeed been “incredible.” And in 2021, delivering for our customer’s success has never been more evident. 

2021 By the Numbers

For EPCRA compliance and Tier II reporting, customers used our solutions to prepare and file 3,761 reports for reporting year 2020… and collectively saved 32,047 hours in people hours to do it.

More impressively, our company’s growth in 2021 was marked by a 500% increase in ARR and 200% increase in people growth, setting the stage to more than double both areas by the end of 2022. Additionally on the growth front, Encamp expanded its customer scope throughout 2021 by closing four Fortune 500 customers, two customers from the Fortune 1000, two Global 500 customers, and one new customer from the Global 1000.

“Encamp is fortunate to have an elite team of experts who are passionate about creating software that supports our customers’ environmental endeavors with next-generation technology,” Jacobs said in announcing Encamp’s 2021 accomplishments. “Environmental compliance is essential, yet the need for efficient, purposeful, and data-driven technology for regulatory reporting continually goes unnoticed. We are trailblazing a solution for this untouched space, and our continued growth is a testament to closing the gap in compliance reporting.”

In all, Encamp’s success throughout 2021 reinforced our position as a
premier technology-driven system for environmental compliance and reporting. We also made definitive strides in our mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment.

Notable Encamp Achievements in 2021

Funding and leadership

In April, Encamp secured $12M in our Series B funding to further develop our technology platform and add key members to our strategic teams for leadership, engineering, customer experience, compliance, sales, marketing, and others. 

Key additions in 2021 included Ki Moon as Vice President of Revenue Operations, Samantha Strube as Head of People, Pauline Chen as Head of Product, and industry veteran Heather Shanahan, CPA as Chief Financial Officer. Heather in particular brings an 18-year track record from accounting and finance roles at tech firms including Wistia, Venture Advisors, and inStream, and will focus on strategic planning and financial reporting to scale Encamp’s operations.

“Encamp created a software to help modernize the way companies think about environmental compliance, and I’m excited to use my background in finance leadership to help the company grow and scale to further solve the needs of Encamp’s customers,” Shanahan said.

More trees planted thanks to Encamp customers

In 2019, we aligned with the non-profit organization One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every Tier II compliance report our customers file through the Encamp system. With the 3,761 Tier II reports submitted in 2021 (for reporting year 2020), the total number of new saplings planted via Encamp reached 11,159 — a number that will continue to grow substantially as our number of happy customers increases. Many Encamp employees also donated to the One Tree Planted cause in 2021, with our particular efforts aiding in the reforestation of areas of California affected by recent wildfires. (Look for the number of trees planted to increase even more dramatically once we wrap up Tier II reporting year 2021.)

Awards and recognitions

We’re extremely proud of the awards and recognitions we’ve received since Encamp started, and in 2021 we added a few more. They include:

Technology enhancements

All of us at Encamp are committed to continually developing our technology to encompass all regulations and requirements for environmental compliance reporting within an enterprise, with customer success constantly in mind. In 2021, our amazing team of Encampers took more steps in that direction with the following feature enhancements:

  • Tier II workflow improvements for California-based facilities, to cut through that state’s complex reporting requirements and mitigate potential inconsistencies in compliance reporting data.
  • EPCRA year-round chemical inventory, which allows regional and corporate EHS and Operations teams to add, track inventories, and proactively manage chemical inventories at the facility level.
  • Single sign-on, to reduce a login to just one set of credentials. SSO provides an added layer of enterprise security for regulatory compliance by ensuring that sensitive data remains protected from cyber threats.  

Encamp’s Strengths Entering 2022 

According to Jacobs, “From a financial perspective, our net revenue retention is absolutely amazing. The fact that Encamp has 6- and 7-figure deals as a startup that’s only had employees for three years is a strong underlying signal of the enterprise value we deliver. As environmental regulators continue to transition towards digital compliance systems, large enterprises will start to invest more heavily in the digital transformation of their environmental compliance programs at scale. Therefore, we believe the next year will be defined more prominently by the continued digitization of the environmental compliance lifecycle. 

“In 2022,” Jacobs added, “we’re excited to further leverage modern computer science techniques to not only drive the next generation of environmental compliance technology, but most importantly to provide transformational efficiency increases for our customers. Moreover with our enhanced Guided Environmental Compliance method, we’ll blend digitization, Encamp’s high-tech software, and the high-touch support of our customer experience and compliance experts to drive these increases for customers and promote compliance program unification for enterprises of all kinds.”  

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

Add Encamp CEO and co-founder Luke Jacobs to the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2022, where he’s been recognized in the category for Enterprise Technology

Members of the 30 Under 30 lists in their respective categories are selected based on factors ranging from funding and company revenue to social consciousness and impact, climate awareness, inventiveness in technology and services, and personal and business potential. Nominee shortlists are reviewed by each category’s four-judge panel of Forbes reporters, editors and invited experts, who then select the final 30 listees in their assigned category.

In marking the 10th year of the 30 Under 30 list, 70% of the 2022 members are founders or co-founders of companies — joining alumni like Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO of Spotify, Whitney Wolfe Herd, who started Bumble, and Drew Houston, who co-founded Dropbox. Others on the 2022 list have introduced notable innovations that will seed emerging companies in the future. Collectively, the class of 2022 has also raised over $1 billion in funding for their entrepreneurial efforts.

Imagining a “new world” 

“Much of 2022 was being freshly created by this group back in 2012,” said Alexandra Wilson, the editor of Forbes Under 30. “Ten years from today, it’s a good bet we’ll all be living in a new world being imagined today by the entrepreneurs, innovators and entertainers that make up our 10th Anniversary class.”

As Jacobs said of his 30 Under 30 recognition, “It takes a village at Encamp. I appreciate everyone’s hard work to make the company successful and continue obsessing about our customers. We’re only at the beginning of this journey and I’m so proud of the work that we’re accomplishing together.”

Jacobs was also recently appointed to the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only organization for senior-level executives who are selected for their knowledge of and diverse experience in the tech industry.

Here in large part is why Forbes included Jacobs as a member of its prestigious 30 Under 30 list for 2022. 

The initial vision for Encamp

Jacobs, who earned his B.S. in Environmental Science, co-founded Encamp in 2017 after working as an EHS consultant for Fortune 10 companies and experiencing the inefficient processes of environmental compliance reporting. For decades, such reporting had been performed manually — and often inaccurately — using spreadsheets, paper records, and disjointed data management systems. Compliance data itself had also historically been questionable and poorly managed. 

The aim of Encamp was therefore to create technology to digitize reporting data, centralize and validate it, and automate the report submission process.  

“My thinking was,” Jacobs said, “If we could make large enterprises even 1% more efficient in the way they manage compliance reporting, the impact of that is vast at scale.” Just as he envisioned, Encamp has become an operations company born from the compliance management technology it created. 

Using the Encamp platform, companies efficiently move packets of data from their regulated facilities to their environmental operations teams and compliance professionals for reporting. Encamp further creates a traceable “paper trail” to know where data comes from and increase data visibility to gauge and ensure its quality. 

In effect, Encamp’s technology is the unifying data speck that enables companies to mitigate the risks of reporting errors and non-compliance violations, a claim supported by the EHS analysts at Verdantix in their recently published Encamp Case Study Report

Encamp’s ongoing mission is to create a world where
good for business can equal good for the environment. 

On environmental sustainability and ESG

Some of the other reasons Forbes selected Jacobs for their 30 Under 30 2022 list are his views on how enterprise technology, the environment, sustainability, and compliance reporting intersect in the business world. We asked him about his thoughts on sustainability and ESG in particular.

What important message do you think should businesses share when it comes to environmental sustainability?

Jacobs: Businesses should definitely focus on transparent reporting and knowing where their data comes from and where it lives. The ability to measure the progress of their sustainability initiatives offers greater clarity for investors and better decision making for the business itself, especially ones that are consciously addressing their impact on the climate. 

How can companies make their data accessible for environmental sustainability? 

Jacobs: Sustainability and making data readily accessible is a must, which in turn makes digitizing sustainability data vital. When environmental compliance data pipelines are digitized and standardized, it improves data collaboration and accessibility. Ultimately this lets businesses provide transparent, honest data to investors and consumers as well as the general public.

Do you think there’s a lag in making this data accessible, and if so, why?

Jacobs: Sustainability starts by knowing where your data comes from and where it lives. A business’s holy grail is the data they collect, manage, and interpret, and the data accessibility issues we see most at Encamp are businesses not knowing where their data is. When this happens, it typically results in inconsistent reporting metrics across the organization, and data that’s inaccurate and of poor quality.

How can businesses use ESG sentiments to measure sustainability or evolve their brand?

Jacobs: Organizations can benefit from ESG sentiments in their brand by empowering the company and employees to get involved with sustainability initiatives, both internally and externally. At Encamp, for instance, we’ve aligned with non-profits such as One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every Tier II compliance report we file on behalf of our customers. We’ve already surpassed 18,000 trees, and we know the number will continue to grow substantially as we increase our customer base. Many of our employees even donate to the One Tree Planted cause, and we constantly encourage them to volunteer for other similar mission-driven environmental efforts. 

Measuring these efforts and making them visible adds to the momentum necessary for effective sustainability programs. It also evolves a company’s brand to genuinely reflect the desire to make an impact on an individual and corporate level. 

Would you say environmental compliance is the backbone of beating climate change?

Jacobs: Environmental compliance is essential to combating climate change, particularly in making large-scale action involving corporations possible to protect the environment. We must continue to translate global climate initiatives into regulations that establish compliance requirements for businesses and countries to abide by, track towards, and regularly report on.

At the same time, companies and their EHS and Operations teams must take a more proactive approach to compliance itself, which we talk about in Encamp’s eBook on Proactive Environmental Compliance.

On starting Encamp, its strengths, and staying inspired

What surprised you most about starting a company? 

Jacobs: One of my mentors told me early into building Encamp that you’re always going to overestimate what you can accomplish in one year, and underestimate what you can accomplish in five years. I’ve been surprised by how true that has been. A year after co-founding Encamp, we had achieved less than I had expected. Now we’re four years in, and we’ve accomplished more for our customers and as a company. I’ve really learned that growing a company and really innovating in a field takes years — but after multiple years it’s possible to make incredible progress.

What do you feel is Encamp’s biggest strength right now? 

Jacobs: From a financial perspective, our net revenue retention is absolutely amazing. The fact that Encamp has 6- and 7-figure deals as a startup (that’s only had employees for three years) is a strong underlying signal of the enterprise value we deliver. From a solutions perspective, Encamp has process power in how we’re thinking about environmental compliance from a first principles perspective and leveraging next generation technology to create order of magnitude efficiency increases at scale for our customers.

Guided Environmental Compliance eBookWe’re a technology company competing in a managed service provider space, and by automating compliance reporting and building digital transformation tools and practices into the process, we have a lot of competitive differentiating abilities compared to a consulting firm. Those two aspects of Encamp are extremely strong and provide a ton of value to our customers, as does our Guided Environmental Compliance method that blends our high-tech software with the high-touch support of our compliance and technology experts. We explain the method in our Guided Environmental Compliance eBook.

What qualities and skills do you look for in emerging leaders?

Jacobs: In a startup, being a self starter is the most important trait of a leader. It’s not corporate. There’s not an established playbook. Lots of things are ambiguous because you’re continuing to ideate them out and make them real. Another principal quality of an emerging leader is a real desire to lead, not because you want to be “the leader” or have a title, but because you sincerely want to help guide and grow organizational functions. Being a good communicator and listener and possessing general intelligence never hurts, either.

Many entrepreneurs turn to mentors at some point in their journey. How do you view mentorship?

Jacobs: Most people, especially if they’re further along in their career, love to help entrepreneurs who are putting themselves out there. Even before starting Encamp, I’ve always focused on getting mentors to discuss my ideas with them and hear their thoughts. The knowledge they have is invaluable, and mentors are vital to your own self-discovery and self-drive. 

Final question. How do you stay inspired?

Jacobs: I try to find the things I really enjoy about the process of building Encamp and changing how companies manage their compliance operations and the process of compliance reporting. We truly have introduced a better way of managing data and reporting that for decades was an archaic manual process. So I always try to see this bigger picture and realize I’m much more satisfied being on this journey than not. Building a company is a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s changed how I prioritize my life and my day.

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

Thank you Park City, Utah, for having us. Your mountains were breathtaking, the weather was perfect… and our time at Encamp’s Fall Summit 2021 was pretty awesome!  (We all followed the Covid-19 protocols set by Encamp and by Park City officials, by the way.)

The view in and around Park City, Utah

 

After all, who gets to hang with your work friends, hike, ride horses, go trap shooting, build catapults, chill by a fire, eat, drink, and forget about the daily routine for a few days? Call it camaraderie, fellowship, whatever. Because at Encamp, it’s genuine — and it’s special. 

Like our Summer Camp in Indianapolis earlier this year, Fall Summit 2021 served as a gathering place for Encamp’s fully remote workforce. The Summit gave us the chance to catch up with our fellow Encampers in person, and meet all the new faces who’ve come on board since Summer Camp. To all the new Encampers, welcome!

Experiencing Encamp’s culture in person and not just virtually is why our CEO and co-founder Luke Jacobs and the Encamp leadership team started these seasonal happenings. And they only promise to get more adventurous.

What Encamp is all about

Encamp CEO and Co-founder Luke Jacobs
Encamp CEO and Co-founder Luke Jacobs

The Fall Summit was a time to remind everyone what Encamp’s values are as an organization and where we’re headed as a technology innovator in the environmental compliance industry. 

The first item was reviewing Encamp’s Core Values and announcing our quarterly Core Value Award winners.

 

Encamp departments and their missions

Next on the agenda was an introduction to all the Encamp teams and their respective missions. (Reach out the respective department leaders on LinkedIn.) In a nutshell:

Engineering, headed by Ben Jacobs | Mission: “To end copy and paste reporting by building the Iron Man suit for EHS professionals.”

Product, headed by Pauline Chen | Mission: “Become the go-to environmental compliance platform for compliance professionals and executives.” 

Customer Success, headed by Megan Walters | Mission: “To provide support and expertise to our external and internal customers to keep them in compliance, make their lives easier when it comes to EHS, and create raving Encamp fans.”

Sales, headed by Sam Jacobs | Mission: “To deliver meaningful experiences through the entirety of the prospect lifecycle, with the end goal in mind… driving revenue to the company.”

Marketing, headed by Jessica Engel | Mission: “To drive brand awareness and demand for Encamp as the go-to environmental compliance solution for EHS professionals and executives.”

Finance, headed by Heather Shanahan | Mission: “To manage the financial needs of our customers and the business, serve and support outside stakeholders, and serve and support each department in the operations of Encamp.”

People, headed by Samantha Strube | Mission: “To enable a healthy, high performing culture that scales.” 

The time for being reactive is over

Everyone at Fall Summit was additionally reminded of how truly innovative the Encamp platform is in making compliance reporting faster, easier, and more accurate. It’s the crux of why Encamp exists — an end-to-end solution to make environmental compliance simple

To get every Encamper on the same solution messaging page, we highlighted how our solution works and why it makes for Happy Encamper customers. 

  • Get started quickly by way of onboarding and putting the Encamp solution to work
  • A single pane of glass to keep EHS teams and distributed facilities on the same page
  • Near real-time monitoring to keep reporting tasks on track and moving forward
  • Management review to involve all stakeholders in compliance and reporting QA/QC 
  • Automated reporting for Tier II submissions and fee payments across states, territories, and local agencies
  • Business continuity through a single source of truth, standardized processes, visibility and knowledge sharing to ensure compliance year-round 

At this point, the Encamp platform is the environmental compliance and reporting solution for more than 8,000 Tier II reports filed, upwards of 5,000 facilities managed, over 20,000 compliance dates tracked, and 11,157 new trees planted on behalf of Encamp customers and employees. (In conjunction with the non-profit group, One Tree Planted, trees are planted for every Tier II report customers file using Encamp.)

A fireside chat 

The Fall Summit’s first day agenda wrapped up with guest speaker Ricky Pellitier of OpenView Partners and a group Q&A with Ricky and Encamp CEO Luke Jacobs. OpenView invests in rising tech companies like Encamp, and as Ricky pointed out, they see the Encamp platform and it’s automation capabilities for environmental compliance reporting as a significant differentiator in the EHS market.

The key to Encamp’s continued growth, Ricky added, will be its expanding solution roadmap and new products for compliance reporting in other regulatory disciplines like RCRA, air, and water. The takeaway from the fireside chat is that Encamp’s future is “very promising.”

Within the Encamp culture, it’s widely embraced to appreciate nature and the environment — and we’re doing our collective part to protect it. When we say what’s good for business is good for the environment, we stand by it. 

We’ll do this all again soon at our spring gathering in March 2022. We haven’t decided on the destination yet, but we know it’ll be another adventure.

Join us!

Are you ready to join us at the next Encamp event? We’re still growing, and we welcome new folks who share our passion for the environment and believe in Encamp’s mission to reimagine how environmental compliance works. Visit our Careers page to see the positions we have open. And while you’re there, download and browse our Culture Handbook to learn what Encamp is really all about.

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

Staying in compliance with regulatory requirements is one of the most important concerns for companies who want to reach their sustainability goals. Ever-evolving regulatory standards, coupled with the rapid rise of ESG investing, has put more pressure on environmental professionals to build proactive compliance reporting strategies. Such strategies must encompass collecting data for hazardous chemicals, tracking it for reporting, and ensuring its accuracy and timeliness to avoid non-compliance.

Encamp recently hosted “The Path To Proactive Environmental Compliance” live event featuring a panel of compliance experts to discuss these issues. The panel included Encamp CEO and co-founder Luke Jacobs, together with Bill Pennington, EHS Research Director for Verdantix, and Renee Decker, EH&S Program Engineer at Hexion. The panelists shared their thoughts on the significance of proactive environmental compliance as well as operational excellence and business continuity. Following are five key takeaways from the event.

Environmental compliance: expert insights 

On being proactive about compliance issues

“You need to have a system that allows you to collect that information before it’s a fire drill.”

  • Luke Jacobs, Encamp

As Luke pointed out, the EHS industry has typically always been reactive to potential compliance issues. If you or your team spend more time putting out fires rather than making sure there aren’t any flammable materials to start one, it’s time to explore more proactive strategies in your approach to environmental compliance management. 

Being proactive goes beyond just knowing what to do. It also means knowing which information you need and where it will come from. Compliance management software (such as Encamp)  aids EHS teams by centralizing their information streams into a single source of truth so that when EPCRA and Tier II season comes along, they are confident and ready to submit their reports.

On tackling business continuity challenges

“It’s reputational damage, it’s loss on advertising that we’ve spent years building to establish a brand, it’s loss of stakeholder trust, and it’s operationally specific costs like stoppage time.”

  • Luke Jacobs, Encamp

Ever since the pandemic started, “business continuity” and “resilience” has been the buzzword around the C-suite and their organizations. How can you make sure your business can tackle daily business continuity challenges head-on? More importantly, is there a way to proactively protect your business? 

Being in a highly-regulated industry, non-compliance risks are not only considered blockers to business continuity but they can also be company killers. Whether it’s not managing your data sufficiently or failing to submit required compliance reports, once the EPA determines your business is in violation of its regulations, you can incur hefty fines. More than the financial burden and potential reputational damage, stakeholder trust may also be lost. 

As the panel discussed, many EHS professionals go through this nightmare day in and day out, since staying in compliance plays a big part in ensuring their business continues for many generations to come.

On the rise of ESG

“It helps ensure that we are adequately weighing the EHS part and not just how much product we are pushing out. As an ethical company, we really want to be focused on the environment and sustainability as well.”

  • Renee Decker, Hexion

As Health and Safety Compliance continues to forge its own path, we are also seeing Environmental Compliance pave a path of its own in the form of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). ESG criteria has allowed environmental professionals to take a well-earned seat at the corporate table equal to other stakeholders because of their quantifiable environmental goals. In particular, an organization’s ESG score is important for investors to measure potential growth, ethical impact, and sustainability. 

As Renee Decker shared, as an ethical company, Hexion, Inc. maintains a blueprint of their environmental goals to ensure that each and every one of  its employees are aware of what the level of sustainability the company wants to achieve. As we’ve always said, what’s good for business is good for the environment. 

On digital transformation and operational excellence

“I’m an environmental person but I need my facilities person to collect data that I need. Being able to communicate to that person why this matters and how you do it and to make it really easy for them to be able to do it and do it right is critical.”

  • Luke Jacobs, Encamp

Digital transformation to achieve operational excellence has always gone hand-in-hand. Technology is meant to aid human workers by streamlining and automating labor-intensive tasks. 

EHS software is a dime a dozen in this market, but as an environmental compliance professional, you need a system that addresses your particular need. During the event, the panel discussed that this particular solution for environmental compliance will allow you to collaborate with different stakeholders and give visibility to the data you need. Such solutions would alleviate you and your team from complex spreadsheet formulas and having to constantly retrain new hires on non-standardized systems. 

On State-level regulatory complexities

“The Biden Administration has really signalled that enforcement is going to increase pretty drastically over the next four years. Some states are proactively leading the charge in enforcing environmental regulations.”

  • Bill Pennington, Verdantix

As our CEO Luke Jacobs mentioned during the event, Encamp will also continue to see a continued complexity with environmental regulations, specifically state-level regulations. This scenario makes it harder for companies, such as yours, that have multiple facilities across multiple states and would need to compile their data into one place. Not only that, you would also need to know which specific data or form to report for which state. In addition, more states are slowly adopting digital technologies, so we will be seeing more regulatory agencies requiring digital submissions for reports.

Standardized, simplified reporting wins proactive environmental compliance

Staying proactive with your environmental compliance management goes beyond due diligence when some things go wrong. Again, it’s not about eliminating things that could go wrong, it’s about being prepared and understanding what is needed for compliance management to go right. Streamlined and simplified environmental reporting translates into confident and proactive environmental compliance. 

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

We call it Better for You, Better for Nature. PR campaign? Nah. Encamp is just doing its part to help replenish the environment by planting trees. The initiative actually stems from Encamp’s  ongoing mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment.

And while it’s only one tree at a time, approximately 18,289 new saplings have been planted since 2018 on behalf of Encamp, our customers, and our employees. It’s a count we intend to grow as our company and base of loyal customers does.

How it works, and why we’re doing it

The gist is, for every Tier II report that gets filed through our environmental management system, Encamp makes a donation to have a tree planted somewhere in the 50 states. So first, thank you to every one of our customers who file a Tier II report from those states. Knowing every report is better for nature, please keep them coming.

The next big thanks go to our friends at One Tree Planted, who do all the critical work. They grow new saplings, plant them, maintain them, and then tell how these new trees are benefitting our planet. One Tree Planted is definitely better for nature…

From One Tree’s website: Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. They also absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines. Trees even provide jobs to more than 1.6 billion people around the world.

About One Tree Planted

They’re an environmental charity “dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment.” Their mission is to let companies like Encamp help create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity, and aid reforestation efforts around the world. “All by planting trees!”

Recently, Diana Chaplin, who’s the Canopy Director at One Tree Planted, was nice enough to host a lunch & learn for everyone at Encamp. She filled us in on the non-profit’s six new pillars of reforestation — Air, Water, Biodiversity, Social Impact, Health, Climate — as well as some updated stats.

Since One Tree Planted started in 2014 and planted 150,000 trees its first full year, their numbers have grown significantly. By 2019, for instance, they were able to get 4 million additional trees in the ground worldwide. In 2020, the count was more than 10 million trees planted in 28 countries. And by year-end 2021, the number was well over 23.5 million trees in 42 countries.

Restoring the ecosystem

As Chaplin said, “One Tree’s efforts serve as prep work to restore the ecosystem after wild fires, floods, other natural disasters, and especially after mining sites are closed.” The process has also become increasingly sophisticated, she said.

For reforestation, as one example, One Tree staff now use drones and work with local authorities to more closely to match tree species to geographic areas and climates. Species are also determined based on criteria such as changes in land use, expansion, mining, and, of course, climate change.

Where Encamp fits in

In just one example according to Chaplin, Encamp’s backing led to nearly 3,300 trees being planted for forest recovery efforts in California’s San Joaquin Valley after fires and related disasters in the latter part of 2021. Mostly, the recovery is helping landowners in the Valley to both restore their land and reestablish healthy forests. Beyond that, Chaplin noted, the new trees will also help stabilize the local climate, improve water and soil quality, reduce the risk of future fires, and improve habitat connectivity for native wildlife.

“We’ve been committed to aligning our business goals with environmental goals from the very beginning,” said Luke Jacobs, Encamp’s CEO and co-founder. “Even before we had paying customers, we were committed to the idea of planting a tree for every Tier II report we file.”

“Our mission at Encamp aligns well with the goals of One Tree Planted,” Jacobs added, “and we’re excited to keep striving towards a world where good for business can equal good for the environment.”

One tree at a time and better for nature. We’re proud to be contributing to One Tree’s total.

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

Verdantix is an independent research and advisory firm with expertise in EHS software, technology, and digital strategies for Environment, Health & Safety, ESG & Sustainability, and Operational Excellence. Encamp recently worked with the analyst firm to compile a case study report reviewing automated reporting capabilities for EPCRA compliance and Tier II reporting.

An EHS technology Q&A

 

We sat down with Bill Pennington, Verdantix’s Director of EHS Research, to discuss the rapidly evolving technology market for the EHS industry. Bill was formerly a compliance manager before joining Verdantix as a senior analyst in the firm’s EHStech Practice Group. As both a senior analyst and now director of research at Verdantix, he conducts research and advises corporate and vendor firms on EHS market strategy, technologies and digitization for compliance operations and reporting, sustainability, and product stewardship for enterprises and their EHS teams.

For the following Q&A, Encamp’s questions are in bold. Bill’s responses have not been edited.

How have you seen the EHS software and technology market evolve since you joined Verdantix? 

Bill Pennington: Over the last several years I have seen a rapid growth of EHS technology readily available for EHS departments targeted towards improving health and safety. EHS software has been a common factor over the last 6-7 years, but advances in technology have allowed these platforms to greatly expand their capabilities, and the growth of new technology, such as wearables, has pushed this even more.

Are you seeing EHS departments embrace digital transformation or Industry 4.0 today, or is there still internal resistance to change?

Bill: EHS has historically been a slow moving department when it comes to change of any sort. We still do see some resistance to digitization in the EHS department, but that is quickly fading as more firms recognize the value of digitizing EHS processes and incoming demographics do not see any other way of doing business.

What’s the biggest challenge in EHS that technology hasn’t been able to solve to date? 

Bill: One of the biggest challenges that EHS technology is running into is the large volumes of unstructured and typically low quality data that the EHS function has been leveraging for decades. To get the most value out of new technology, you need to be able to leverage data quickly and accurately. Analytics and compliance thrive on high-quality data, and without careful entry and thoughtfulness on the user side, you can easily derail promising technology.

Where are you seeing the most interest in EHS software and technology solutions since the pandemic began? 

Bill: We have seen a growing interest in wearable technology, primarily around areas concerning location tracking and social distancing. Additionally, as COVID-19 pressures begin to decrease, firms are recognizing the benefits these technologies can offer for granular insights into a range of use cases like ergonomics, at-risk behavior, fatigue monitoring or augmented reality.

What’s one piece of advice that you give to someone looking for EHS software and technology solutions? 

Bill: Make sure you roadmap out your technology initiatives before you dive into a new technology. While it is important to adopt a new solution for an old problem, firms need to make sure they understand the direction EHS technology is moving and develop a strong foundation to add on to.

Any other parting words you’d like to share with readers today?

Bill: Technology is empowering EHS managers like never before, but it should be treated as a means of digitally transforming the function, not a band-aid. Make sure that you understand your problems, gather requirements from front-line workers, run pilots and map out how this technology will fit into your digital strategy before you adopt the newest craze.

Guided Environmental Compliance

 

To guide enterprises and EHS professionals looking to transform their environmental compliance programs via a digital approach, Encamp provides a blended method of high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support we call Guided Environmental Compliance — five steps that give structure to complex regulatory programs and build compliance confidence. Learn more about our method and all five steps in our new eBook, Guided Environmental Compliance. And of course, don’t forget to also download the Verdantix Encamp Case Study report to read more about how technology continues to disrupt the EHS industry.

 

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

Fellow EHS Professionals,

You know in the movie Field of Dreams when the voice tells Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to “Build it and he will come”? That’s my plan for the webinar Encamp is co-presenting with leading environmental compliance experts from chemical company Hexion and EHS research firm Verdantix on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11 am ET (8 am PT).  

We’ve titled the event “The Path to Proactive Environmental Compliance,” and as CEO and Co-founder of Encamp, this is my invitation for you to join in the conversation.  

If you’ve ever had to deal with the complexities of environmental compliance reporting, like I did before Encamp took shape, this webinar can help you avoid them. After all, it’s time to stop losing sleep over non-compliance — and to start being confident with proactive environmental compliance management.

You’ll learn how to

  • Minimize non-compliance risks proactively through digital transformation
  • Increase data transparency across teams and facilities to streamline and standardize compliance management
  • Collaborate better with key internal stakeholders for increased compliance confidence, company-wide
  • Improve EHS workforce productivity, institutional knowledge sharing, and employee empowerment
  • Contribute to and optimize sustainability efforts with improved visibility into reporting processes and data

Who you are

Whether you’re a corporate buyer, technical leader, or someone who plays a role in your company’s EHS and compliance operations, we’re reserving a virtual front-row seat for you. 

Who our webinar panelists are

Renee Decker, Hexion 

As EH&S Development Program Engineer at Hexion, Renee is focused on Tier II, TRI, and other environmental reporting. She’s also working with colleagues to transform Hexion’s compliance practices by streamlining and standardizing their reporting processes. Renee graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering.  

Bill Pennington, Verdantix

Bill is the Research Director in the Verdantix EHS practice covering EHS software, best practices and innovative technologies, including emerging solutions like industrial wearables and mobile EHS apps. Prior to Verdantix, he worked in corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. Bill holds an MBS degree in Sustainability from Rutgers University.

Luke Jacobs, Encamp 

Before I co-founded Encamp in 2017 and got the title of CEO, I was an Environmental Scientist at GDH. That’s when I decided environmental compliance reporting had to be faster and easier — thus Encamp. Also as I’ve always been, I’m still an active researcher, writer and speaker. I earned a BS in Environmental Science from Indiana University, along with a Certificate of Underwater Resource Management from IU.

Join us for an hour

Register Now!

Protecting the environment is important to all of us in the EHS realm, and one way to do it is through a sustainable best-in-class compliance program. 

Please join us on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11 am ET (8 am PT), and we’ll discuss how we can all do our part — faster, easier, and better.

Chat later,

Luke

“I really enjoyed getting to meet and hang-out with my co-workers. I found it really invigorating and gave me a better glimpse into what Encamp is like for others outside of my department.”

Steve Cadwallader, Engineering

With everybody working remotely, it took a year to finally get all of us Encampers together around the Encamp-fire. But that’s what we did at Summer Camp 2021, when Encamp folks from around the country trekked to our home base of Indianapolis. And yes, the Summer Camp event really was invigorating. 

(Shout out to all the Encamp volunteers who pulled the Summer Camp together! Also thanks to our friends at High Alpha Innovation for the campsite space for the day.)

The goal of Summer Camp 2021 was to spend time together face to face and welcome all the new team members who’ve come on board this year. But the bigger mission was to get everyone on the Encamp trail and excited for the future of where our platform is going.

Mission accomplished.

Summer Camp 2021 was a day to hear how our co-founders — Luke Jacobs (CEO), Sam Jacobs (Operations Manager) and Dan Smedema (Senior Software Engineer) — started the company, and to learn more about Encamp’s innovative solutions and the markets that need them.

To kick things off, Luke told the story of how Encamp was created, which did in fact start on a camping trip. As he explained, the idea was to create modern technology to replace all the manual tasks that took time away from the real work of environmental compliance and stewardship. “I started in EHS as a consultant” Luke said, “and couldn’t believe all the time it took just to prepare Tier II reports.”

The solution he envisioned would instead automate and streamline compliance and reporting from end to end to make the process faster, easier, and more accurate — which our platform has done since it launched in 2018.

“Where do we go from here?” The answer was, as far as we want. Luke outlined Encamp’s next steps to continue executing its product roadmap, launch new platform modules and functions as planned, and capitalize on the tremendous opportunities in other compliance disciplines. 

It all adds up to a promising future.

“What an experience! It was truly inspiring learning about where
we started and where we’re going. The energy was electric,
and it helped set the stage for us newcomers.”

Hallie Knudsen, Compliance-COE

After Luke kicked things off for Summer Camp 2021, the Sales and Marketing team got together to delve into Encamp’s new value framework and ideas for how to keep spreading the Encamp message. Watch for more content, campaigns and events to come.

Our COE (“Center of Excellence”) team then showed why our customers love us, and how we’ll continue to delight as new ones come into the Encamp fold. The COE team is all about customer success and support, and they’ve added several skilled professionals in those areas to make sure Encamp keeps getting positive reviews from our customers

Lastly, the Engineering team wowed everyone at Summer Camp with a few new innovations. Among them: A new digital “Forest Report” for all the trees Encamp has had planted on behalf of our customers, which tells what those trees do for the environment. A dashboard for the Sales team that overviews the regulatory programs of prospective customers, based on government data. And another dashboard to share the progress of key Engineering activities with all Encampers, plus visual workflows to better illustrate the underlying Encamp software. 

Mostly, Summer Camp 2021 was a day to experience Encamp’s culture first-hand and share the company’s vision.

Luke’s closing message for Summer Camp 2021 was to “Get excited for what’s to come! We’re gaining recognition and market share in the EHS space, and will continue to. We’re making our solutions more functional by the day. And we’re scaling our team pretty significantly, adding new Encampers from all over the country since they can work from anywhere.”

“But here’s my final takeaway to all of you,” Luke said. “Be sure to take care of yourselves… mentally, physically, and emotionally. Life is about staying balanced. It’s about exploring new places and trying new things and enjoying everything you do, not just working all the time.”     

If Encampers (old and new) didn’t quite get our company’s culture and Core Values before, they were on full display throughout Summer Camp 2021 — including recognizing the latest Core Values award winners. As Luke said, it’s up to him and Encamp’s leaders to keep our culture intact as the Encampment grows, but it’s up to all of us to sustain it and keep making Encamp the special place it is.

“It was awesome to get to meet so many of you
personally. Encamp has built such a strong culture
already and I can’t wait to help continue fostering it.”

Samantha Strube, People Team

Final thought. Top Golf was the perfect venue to wrap up Summer Camp 2021. Comradery, great food, cold drinks, tons of laughs and even lots of hugs and handshakes when everyone had to leave. But man, there were some lousy golf swings, too.

We’ll do this all again soon!

Join us!

Are you ready to join us at the next Encamp event? We’re still growing, and we welcome new folks who share our passion for the environment and believe in Encamp’s mission to reimagine how environmental compliance works. 

Visit our careers page to see the positions we have open. And while you’re there, download and browse our Culture Handbook to learn what Encamp is really all about.

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

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