Many companies are making dedicated efforts toward addressing and mitigating environmental risks. A particular challenge facing many multinational companies is that of oversight. Although it may be relatively easy to have environmental controls and standards in place, it's often difficult to maintain close supervision of all locations to make sure policies are being followed by local and regional employees or contractors and in line with local and regional requirements.
Certain exposures also can be challenging to predict, specifically industrial environmental accidents, which can range from explosions and chemical leaks to oil spills and more. These situations can unfortunately even occur with a robust risk prevention and mitigation plan in place. For example, a severe weather event or earthquake could cause damage to a manufacturing plant that otherwise had risks managed, leading to a chemical spill or explosion. Under these circumstances, it's in a company’s best interest to have a well-developed emergency response plan and the support of trusted environmental risk advisors.