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NonMember - $205.00
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.
- 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.
This webinar is 2.5 hours in length and may be eligible for certification maintenance points.