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ACGIH® Presents Ethical EH&S: Effective Implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy Webinar

 

ACGIH® PRESENTS ETHICAL EH&S: EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY WEBINAR

Cincinnati, Ohio — May 27, 2009 — ACGIH® will present Ethical EH&S: Effective Implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy on December 10, 2009 at the following times:

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

One of the biggest ethical challenges for occupational and environmental health professionals today is ensuring that corporate supply chains in the global economy effectively protect the health of workers, surrounding communities, and the environment. Numerous reports by the media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) over the last 15 years have documented how even first-tier suppliers for international "brand name" companies have frequently operated unsafe, unhealthy, and polluting factories. The conditions in second- or third-tier suppliers' plants are worse. The current global economic crisis threatens to make matters worse as cost-cutting measures can accelerate a "race to the bottom" in factory conditions and the adjacent communities. Webinar speakers will present a comprehensive perspective on meeting industrial hygienists' ethical responsibilities in an effective, sustainable and profitable manner. Presentations will focus on:

  • how a "triple bottom line" approach fulfills companies' ethical responsibilities and adds measurable value to business operations.
  • how effective workplace safety in global supply chains is only possible with the active involvement of informed and empowered workers playing a direct role in plant-level OH&S programs.
  • the biggest failures of corporate social responsibility programs over the last decade, and on what human rights NGOs expect from occupational health professionals and the companies that employ them.

After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the challenges in leading change in thought regarding corporate social responsibility in the executive suite.
  • Understand how to create positive interactions with non-company "stakeholders" including worker, community, environmental, and human-rights organizations.
  • Identify and describe the key operational problems with "conventional" corporate social responsibility programs focused on corporate codes of conduct and monitoring systems.
  • Understand the business case for responsible global supply chain stewardship.
  • Describe the key areas where informed, empowered workers can make essential contributions to effective plant occupational health and safety programs as part of global corporate social responsibility programs.
  • Understand the point-of-view of organizations in the "global south" when they evaluate the social and environmental impacts of trans-national corporations operating in the developing world.

ACGIH® is pleased to offer webinar attendees an audio option. U.S. and Canadian attendees can connect to the audio portion of the webinar via the toll-free audio telephone link or listen to the audio portion through an audio stream directly through their computer. Other international participants can listen via the audio stream without incurring additional telephone charges.

Glenn Barbi, MS, CIH, Garrett Brown, MPH, CIH and Lynda Yanz will present this webinar.

Glenn Barbi, MS, CIH is the Director of Corporate Environment and Safety at Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD). Mr. Barbi joined BD in 1982 as the Manager of Safety and Health. Over the years, he has held positions of increasing responsibility and has been the Director of Corporate Environment and Safety since 1990. In addition to his EH&S responsibilities, in 2001 Mr. Barbi was appointed the company Chief Ethics Officer. In this capacity, he oversees a company-wide ethics helpline and drives a variety of ethics and compliance training programs throughout the organization. He holds a BS degree in biology from Wagner College and an MS degree in occupational safety and health from New York University. Mr. Barbi began his career with the Royal Insurance Company as an apprentice industrial hygienist in the late 1970s. He is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

Garrett Brown, MPH, CIH is a compliance officer in the Oakland District Office of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). In his 15 years with Cal/OSHA, Mr. Brown has conducted more than 575 safety inspections in Alameda County and as part of statewide teams inspecting California's Central Valley agricultural fields and garment sweatshops in Los Angeles and Orange County. Since 1993, he has served on a volunteer basis as coordinator of the Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network (MHSSN), which includes more than 400 occupational health and safety professionals in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The Network provides information, technical assistance, and Spanish-language training, all pro bono, to Mexican workers in the maquiladoras on the United States border, as well as ongoing projects in Central America and Asia. He holds a BA degree in United States history from the University of Chicago and an MPH degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Brown is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and in March 2009 was awarded Fellow status by the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Lynda Yanz is a founding member and coordinator of the Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN), a Canadian based labor and women's rights advocacy organization formed in 1994. For the last few years, MSN has focused on the garment industry working to support garment workers' efforts to improve working conditions through policy advocacy, corporate campaigning and engagement, participation in multi-stakeholder initiatives to promote corporate accountability, and local labor rights capacity building. In Mexico and Central America, MSN has worked closely with women's and labor rights groups for over 20 years. Ms. Yanz has a long history of activism in the women's movement and on issues related to labor rights and international solidarity. Previously she was the Executive Director of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada's largest women's organization (1993–1994) and coordinator of the Women's Program for International Council for Adult Education (1985–1991).

This webinar has been approved by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) for .5 ABIH (IH) Certification Maintenance (CM) Point and will fulfill both the applicant and Diplomat requirement for at least 2 hours of ethics education. This webinar qualifies for .15 BCSP (SP) Continuance of Certification (COC) Point for Certified Safety Professionals. Participants seeking CM or COC points must attend the live webinar or view the archive and submit a final exam and evaluation. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.

For more detailed information about the Ethical EH&S: Effective Implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy webinar, contact Tammy Vanderbilt at tvanderbilt@acgih.org or 513-742-2020.

To register for this exciting event, visit the ACGIH® website at http://acgih.webex.com.

ACGIH® is a member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health. ACGIH® is one of the industry's leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at www.acgih.org or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.

 

Amy B. Bloomhuff, Esq., CAE
Associate Executive Director
513-742-6161

abloomhuff@acgih.org