Many organizations are working on long-term sustainable growth. While there are differences between sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR), working on one typically means that you are working on the other. Sustainability requires a balance of environment, economic and social aspects, often referred to as the triple bottom line. While environment has a large and natural foundation in sustainability, the strategic role of safety is less visible.
Once the context of the "big picture" is understood, the challenges and opportunities of better integrating safety into the bigger picture are explored. Both sustainability and CSR have significant focus on societal impacts, suggesting that safety must expand its focus beyond the workplace.
The constraints of current metrics, the "safety silo" and limited safety focus are discussed. Turning those constraints into opportunities offers exciting challenges for SH&E professionals. Proven methodologies to improve operational excellence built upon safety as a core value are presented.