Sustainability: The Role of SH&E Professionals
- Michael G. Knott (Liberty Utilities) | Joseph Rosenbeck (Rochester Institute of Technology) | Michael Burnham (Riggs Distler & Co.)
- Document ID
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- Professional Safety
- Publication Date
- September 2014
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 35 - 41
- 2014. American Society of Safety Engineers
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•With the publication of ISO 26000, U.S. corporations are examining corporate social responsibility as never before. However, roles and responsibilities for professionals in various functional units have not yet been defined.
•Two surveys were conducted in 2010 and 2011 to gain insight about perceived responsibilities for corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. This article presents the extent to which safety and health professionals believed they could play a role in sustainability as well as what other professionals believed that role should be.
•Three suggested implications are identified: 1) the lack of understanding about sustainability, especially regarding clearly defined roles and responsibilities within an organization; 2) the convergence of once clearly separate functions under the umbrella of sustainability; 3) an opportunity for safety and health professionals to play a prominent role in an organization’s sustainability efforts.
Publication of ISO 26000 has led U.S. corporations to attempt to define roles and responsibilities for safety and health professionals in various functional units. In November 2010, ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on Social Responsibility, became an official standard from International Organization on Standardization (ISO), culminating years of work by people across the globe looking to raise the level of awareness for social responsibility (SR). This standard is not a compliance standard, rather it is a guidance standard, and the concept is still evolving. As a result, many professionals are unclear about their role or that of fellow employees regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental sustainability (ES).
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