New Center for Safety and Health Sustainability launched at Safety 2011
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The new Center for Safety and Health Sustainability, a collaborative effort among ASSE, AIHA and IOSH, was launched on Monday, June 13th at 4:00 PM at the PDC. The Center is an organizational stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a network-based organization that pioneered the world’s most widely-used sustainability reporting framework. Mike Wallace, the Director of GRI’s Focal Point USA, will be attending the launch and presenting at the conference.
The Center came about after it became apparent that safety professionals were in need of a voice in the shaping of sustainability policies. It will provide new insights into the measurement, management, and impact of safety and health sustainability, with the goal of being a recognized thought leader for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. It will seek to educate the business community on the importance of safety in good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. The hope is that, through the work of the Center, all organizations will recognize their responsibility to protect the health and well-being of workers, customers, and neighboring communities in any business practices, operations, or development.
GRI’s vast experience in sustainability reporting and their existing network of stakeholders will allow the Center to work toward a standardized framework for measuring and reporting safety and health performance. ASSE is also a stakeholder of GRI and was recently recognized as an example of how associations can work with GRI to advance sustainability issues.
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