ASSE Leading Efforts to Connect Safety & Sustainability

PrintEnvironmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and the risks and opportunities they present have become increasingly important to investors. Key within that mix is human capital (a primary social issue), and protecting those assets–workers–is what OSH professionals do each day across the world. That connection was the focus of GRI‘s Aug. 30 webinar that featured ASSE Fellows and former Society presidents Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CFIOSH, EurOSHM, and Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP.

During the presentation, Seabrook highlighted Center for Safety and Health Sustainability’s (CSHS) work to raise awareness of the human capital aspect of ESG issues, including its 2015 report, “The Accounting Revolution and the New Sustainability.” Hill emphasized how companies can improve operational excellence by capitalizing on the intersection between OSH and sustainability.

Hill and Seabrook also cowrote an article, “Safety & Sustainability: Understanding the Business Value,” that was published in the June 2013 issue of Professional Safety. The article takes an in-depth look at the topic and presents several case studies that highlight the business value of integrating sustainability, including safety and health, into business operations.

Also be sure to read Tom Cecich’s September 2016 President’s Message in which he talks about ASSE’s efforts to become a stronger advocate for OSH as a key component of sustainability through its role as a founding member of CSHS.