CSHS Calls for Standardized Sustainability Reporting

The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) has released a report on its second analysis of how recognized sustainable companies report occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The report, “The Need for Standardized Sustainability Reporting Practices,” shows that sustainable corporations made little improvement in complying with common safety and health performance indicators. The study found high variability on data collection methodology, reporting formats, and terms and definitions used in reporting. The results indicate that companies are still far from reaching a consensus on the workplace safety and health metrics that should be included in global sustainability indexes.

“A core set of safety and health metrics would help businesses measure achievements in managing human capital,” says Kathy Seabrook, CSP, CFIOSH, EurOSHM, CSHS chair. “The disclosure of data needs to be standardized to help put companies on a truly holistic path to sustainability that recognizes the well-being of workers along with the environment.”

The report calls for the adoption of two key indicators on OSH management systems: tracking how many of a company’s work locations implement such systems and how many are audited by an independent third party. Click here to read the report.

CSHS and ASSE also encourage members to comment on the proposed changes to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 403: Occupational Health and Safety. CSHS was instrumental in the formation of the working group that drafted the proposed changes, which reflect international best practices and align with recent developments in OSH management and reporting practice, including the upcoming ISO 45001 standard.

Seabrook believes the review and update of GRI 403 will “act as a lever and catalyst for change in corporate reporting practices” and Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, advisory council chair of CSHS, sees this is an excellent opportunity to advance a standardized approach to safety and health reporting. “ASSE members should make their voices heard by providing their comments and feedback,” he says.

The comment period on GRI 403 is open through Oct. 9, 2017.