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Standardized OHS Sustainability Reporting

OHS sustainability reportingA new guide aims to standardize occupational health and safety sustainability reporting, providing OHS professionals with metrics and best reporting practices.

The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability’s (CSHS) Best Practice Guide for Occupational Health and Safety in Sustainability Reports allows for comparison among organizations worldwide.

CSHS, which represents more than 100,000 OHS professionals in 70 countries, says standardizing OHS reporting will improve company performance and help prevent worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

“Investors and other key stakeholders are demanding more transparency, which translates to higher expectations for reporting on corporate performance, including materiality,” said CSHS chair Kathy Seabrook. “This presents important implications for OHS performance reporting.”

CSHS says the metrics, developed through collaboration among the largest occupational health and safety professional bodies globally, are currently being used in some format by a multitude of organizations around the world.

The guide supplements other sustainability reporting guidelines and requirements from organizations including the Global Reporting Initiative, the new EU Directive on Disclosure of Non-Financial and Diversity Information, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the United Nations Global Compact and the International Integrated Reporting Council, among others.

The metrics are also scalable, and provide the recommended minimum level of OHS performance reporting that is applicable to all organizations, CSHS says.

In other sustainability reporting news, earlier this month the Global Reporting Initiative released the second set of draft GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards for public comment until July 17.

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