ERIS released findings from its ‘Snap Survey’ of customers conducted between April 30 and May 15, 2020. The results show a resilient and adaptable environmental due diligence industry doing what they must to maintain essential service while ensuring their employees’ safety and moving their businesses through these difficult times.
The survey explores the actions companies are taking and their expectations regarding future business and practices for environmental due diligence work. The Canadian survey results reflect that:
- Companies report significant impacts to their workforces including 3 out 5 respondents saying that offices have been closed temporarily with all or most employees working from home.
- Half report layoffs of full-time staff, two in 5 report salaries of some or all staff has been reduced, and one third say that some or all contract/part-time employees have been laid off or let go.
- The outlook for the third quarter (July, August and September) regarding the volume of business expected compared to the first quarter of the year, is mildly optimistic with just over half (57%) believing their volume will be about the same or higher.
- Also, 3 in 5 are optimistic about their expectations for business returning to pre-pandemic levels within 6 months – or within the 2020 calendar year.
- Not surprisingly, the most common practices are/will be physical distancing (92%) and the use of personal protective equipment (84%). The use of virtual technology options, for example, video capture and surveillance, was identified as a possible solution by almost two third (64%) of respondents and the use of drones by only 12%.
More detailed findings can be found on our website, here.