Corporate Responsibility and health and safety
Sheila Pantry OBE
Corporate responsibility covers a wide range of topics, including the effects that an organisation's business has on the environment, human rights and third world poverty. Health and safety in the workplace is an important corporate responsibility.
Corporate responsibility has various definitions. However, broadly speaking it covers the ways in which organisations manage their core business to add social, environmental and economic value in order to produce a positive, sustainable impact for both society and for the business itself. Terms such as 'corporate social responsibility', 'socially responsible business', and 'corporate citizenship' all refer to this concept.
All organisations need to ensure that the risks to health and safety of workers are properly controlled. In terms of corporate responsibility this will mean:
- improve management systems to reduce injuries and ill health;
- demonstrate the importance of health and safety at board level;
- report publicly on health and safety within their organisation, including performance against targets.
Effective management of health and safety:
- is vital to employee well-being;
- has a role to play in enhancing the reputation of businesses and helping them achieve high-performance teams;
- is financially beneficial to business.
Good health and safety = good business. Some people ask what does "good" look like. There are many examples to be found in various publications and websites e.g. see www.hse.gov.uk/business/casestudy.htm
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Don't work harder - work smarter! Be ahead of the game.
Well did you have a zero accident, incident-free and healthy year in 2008 in your workplace? Some would argue that this is not possible! But keep on trying again in 2009!
And do continue to make plans for your campaigns for 2009 and beyond!