The workshop also looked at the CSHS's role in influencing how the sustainability field combines occupational safety and health (OSH) with the evolving definitions of sustainability and human capital. CSHS joined delegates in signing a commitment to position people's safety, health and wellbeing at the centre of the sustainable business agenda.
Take a look at how organisations globally are investing more time and energy into the sustainability agenda and then consider your own definition of what sustainability means. Now think about the growing list of the world's most sustainable companies. Sustainability is much more than environmental issues. It's about people, the planet and profit. How can a company be labelled "the most sustainable" when its workers or its suppliers' workers are not safely managed? Is the safety field about helping its professionals to survive in their workplace? Or is it about helping them to thrive? When a company can show how it is taking care of its workers' wellbeing, its suppliers and its customers, might this have a positive impact on the bottom line, employee and customer loyalty, retention and attraction of talent? These were a few of the issues discussed in Paris.
How can a company be labelled 'the most sustainable' when its workers are not safely managed?
So how can others become involved? How can you make it relevant to your own OSH expertise and organisation? More companies are actively measuring, managing and reporting on their overall sustainability performance. Your OSH expertise is crucial to the human capital conversation.