01/16/2017

Occupational safety and health can play a key role in business sustainability

Although "sustainability" has been traditionally associated with environmental
activities, there is a growing movement to expand the definition. The Campbell
Institute at the US National Safety Council recently released a white paper,
Profiles in Sustainability: Business, Community, and Environment, describing
how member companies are integrating worker safety and health into their
overall sustainability planning. Safety and health professionals can use the
information to define, drive, measure and report their own sustainability
efforts.

The paper investigates the best practices for developing and managing
sustainability efforts by analyzing the content of interviews with eight
Campbell Institute members. The commonalities among these organizations
regarding sustainability were in five areas:


  1. 1. Defining sustainability according to a "triple bottom line” approach of

  2. people, planet, and profit.

  3. 2. Using recognized standards to report on sustainability, such as the Global

  4. Reporting Initiative.

  5. 3. Expressing a need for calculating more and better metrics for return on

  6. sustainability efforts.

  7. 4. Finding better leading metrics for sustainability and more ways to correlate

  8. environmental sustainability with occupational safety.

  9. 5. Developing aspirational yet attainable sustainability goals


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In addition to outlining and explaining these five areas of commonality among
the research participants, this paper describes these organizations'
sustainability initiatives in greater detail through reviews of their most
recent sustainability reports. The overall aim of this white paper is to draw a
tighter connection between safety and sustainability by describing the current
state of sustainability efforts of Campbell Institute members - what they are
doing well and how they plan on becoming even better.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration