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Creating Value: How OHS Is Being Integrated into Financial Reporting and Why You Should Care

January 11, 2015
EHS Today - Sandy Smith

More and more businesses are integrating health and safety data into reports about financial performance, even in countries like the United States, where the Securities and Exchange Commission doesn’t mandate including it.

Terms like “sustainability” and “corporate social responsibility” are not new. They’ve been around for 20 years or more. What is new is the financial investment community’s recognition of the value of collecting and reporting material non-financial information as part of the measurement of organizational value.

More and more, corporations are recognizing that material non-financial information is important to investors and analysts. While they may have declined to participate in sustainability reporting a few years ago, corporations are discovering that the long-term viability of their operations is being judged not only on profitability, but on non-financial factors as well. This means that a growing number of organizations are including occupational safety and health data in “integrated” reports that include financial and non-financial information.

Read more: http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/creating-value-how-occupational-health-and-safety-being-integrated-financial-repor


2015 CEOs Who “Get it”

January 26, 2015
National Safety Council,  Safety & Health Magazine -  Deborah A.P. Hersman

While this is my first opportunity to introduce CEOs Who “Get It” to ourSafety+Health readers, the reason for the recognition is just as vital as it was more than a decade ago when the first class of CEOs was selected. We continue to recognize these individuals for their accomplishments because we know that strong safety cultures thrive in organizations where leaders take an active role.

At the 2014 NSC Congress & Expo, we asked visitors to the NSC booth to vote for their greatest safety challenge. The biggest challenge by far was leadership commitment and engaging employees (62 percent), followed by reducing risk (18 percent), safety management systems (11 percent) and measuring performance (9 percent). It takes effort and commitment to lead from the top, but employees will tell you that it makes a difference. So we remain committed to spotlighting success, sharing stories and hopefully inspiring others to step up to the challenge.

Read more: http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/11666-ceos-who-get-it?utm_content=11470954&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Safety Culture or Culture of Safety, what is the difference?

December 8, 2014
Blog - Nuala Gage, Senior Consultant, Sub-Saharan Africa, Intertek Consulting and Training 

Does your organisation recognise the importance of culture and do you have a safety culture or a culture of safety? Are they not one in the same? Every organisation has a safety culture, it doesn't mean it is a good one. The safety culture may be one where it is acceptable to err on the wrong side of safety, where short cuts are encouraged, production is put before safety, and where safety becomes lip service and not lived.

So what is a culture of safety and how do our behaviours influence it?

In the words of Michael Henderson "Your {organisations} culture is a vehicle through which you deliver your brand promise. Brand is the promise, culture is the delivery." In high risk and high hazard industries we promise our teams and our customers that they can and will work in a safe environment, this is the 'safety brand' we promise. Is it then fair to say that having a true culture of safety is the delivery?

Read more at: http://www.intertek.com/blog/2014-12-02-safety/

NSC 2014: Campbell Institute Paper Reveals the Predictive Power of Leading Indicators

September 22, 2014
EHS Today - Sandy Smith

The Campbell Institute – the National Safety Council center of excellence for environmental, health and safety management – released a new white paper titled, "Practical Guide to Leading Indicators: Metrics, Case Studies & Strategies" at the 2014 NSC Congress & Expo.

In addition to the standardized set of best practices and benchmarks for leading indicators used by Campbell Institute member companies, the white paper contains a matrix of leading indicators that includes their definitions and metrics for how each indicator can be tracked. Short case studies also are included showing how leading indicators are being put into practice with Campbell Institute member companies, who demonstrate world-class EHS performance.

View the EHS Today article and access the "Practical Guide to Leading Indicators: Metrics, Case Studies & Strategies" paper here: http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/nsc-2014-campbell-institute-paper-reveals-predictive-power-leading-indicators