ISO 45001 Is Bound To Make Sustainable Business Impact

One of the key components of Social Sustainability is the management of the health and safety of workers, visitors and all other people within the control and influence of an organisation. Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) is a fundamental part of any organization’s risk management and sustainability strategy.

According to a recent study by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), over 7 600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – that’s over 2.78 million every year. The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums.

Implementing an OHSMS is crucial to business sustainability as it enables an organization to:

  • Protect its workforce and others under its control
  • Comply with legal requirements
  • Facilitate continual improvement

ISO 45001 is the new international standard for an OHSMS. While it is similar to OHSAS 18001, the new ISO 45001 standard adopts the Annex SL top-level framework of all new and revised ISO management system standards. ISO 45001 can be aligned with other management systems standards, such as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.  ISO 45001 was published in March 2018.

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Next Step in Your Environmental Sustainability Career

Skills in sustainability, environmental management and environmental health are in demand like never before. Now is the ideal time to develop your skills and put yourself ahead of your peers.

The University of Derby is pleased to offer a series of environmental management courses that provide the skills needed to meet and understand organisational environmental responsibilities.

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Guide to Environmental Sustainability Leadership

The globally accepted framework for environmental sustainability – ISO 14001:2015 – has a key change from the 2004 version. The new standard requires top management to demonstrate leadership and commitment to the environmental management system.

Digging deeper, we see that clause 5 of the ISO 14001:2015 is a significant innovation as this clause provides guidance needed by organisations in demonstrating leadership and commitment in relation to the environmental sustainability processes. As this is one of the new clauses in the recent high-level structure of all management systems, this clause cuts across all management systems in all disciplines.

In all honesty, this is a unique opportunity to enhance the environmental sustainability system and place the SUSTAINABILITY role at the center of business.

ISO 14001:2015 defines top management as:

“a person or group of people who directs and controls an organisation at the highest level”.

No longer would a “management rep” need to be appointed and the standard states that top management must take accountability for the “effectiveness of the EMS.”

This key requirement of the environmental sustainability framework sets the tone for the whole management system. It is important to note that if the defined scope of an environmental management system is limited to a particular function or section of the organisation, top management will therefore be those who direct and control that particular function or section.

Early implementers and forward-thinking leaders in organisations that have effective environmental sustainability systems are seen to be performing the following (even beyond the systems audit):

• Demonstrating leadership commitment via accountability and active support,
• Ensuring an environmental policy around material issues is established,
• Integrating environmental objectives with core business strategy,
• Outlining roles, responsibilities, resources and authorities for environmental sustainability processes,
• Promoting process approach, risk-based thinking and ensuring continual improvement.

Top Management can demonstrate leadership commitment by:

• Incorporating an environmental sustainability committee;
• Attending and leading environmental sustainability committee meetings;
• Encourage continual improvement and ensure this culture exists as a result of leadership;
• Publish articles and period newsletters relating to environmental performance and environmental management practices internally within the organisation;
• Encouraging employees and other relevant interested parties in improving environmental performance
• Involvement in internal audits of the environmental systems and processes;
• Allocating adequate budgets for environmental initiatives and training;
• Setting and communicating environmental objectives and intended outcomes of the system.

In conclusion, leadership commitment and visible environmental responsibility from top management are critical for the success of environmental sustainability systems and for the achievement of its intended outcomes.


Long-term Shared Value for DFM Stakeholders

A roadmap to advance Environmental, social and Governance (ESG) priorities has been put together for the listed entities on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM).

This roadmap comes with a promise to aid Dubai’s plans to become the region’s leading sustainable financial market by 2025.

The blueprint “Sustainability Strategic Plan 2025” is in line with Dubai’s trade endeavors to advance ESG best practice among PLCs and different equity partners.

The plan is hinged on the following fundamentals:
1.Sustainability Reporting and Disclosures;
2. Sustainable Investment Education;
3. Green Products and Listings;
4. Gender Balance and Empowering People.

These have been mapped out as the four (4) critical pillars in line with the objective to solidify Dubai’s position as a regional investment hub and contribute to the UAE’s agenda for sustainable development.

To implement the strategy, a high-level sustainability committee has been setup with the following key responsibilities:
1. Create awareness of ESG practices among local and regional investors.
2. Embed sustainability policy and processes across the Dubai Financial Market’s operations.
3. Ensure long-term corporate survival of the market.
4. Conduct material risk mapping, along with environmental and social development initiatives.
5. Launch initiatives to promote the importance of ESG investing and
6. Encourage listed firms to adopt ESG reporting practices.

The Dubai Financial Market leaders assure that these factors will be beneficial in aiding:

1. Adopters’ ability to attract investments
2. Access to finance
3. New markets and products
4. Robust sustainable governance practices.

DFM is prioritising these plans and programs (sustainability and environmental protection) as a commitment to align efforts with Dubai’s Sustainability and green economy drive.

Source: Halal Reports