How can enterprises improve workplace safety, reduce environmental damage, and ensure the rights and interests of internal and external stakeholders?

How can enterprises improve workplace safety, reduce environmental damage, and ensure the rights and interests of internal and external stakeholders?

In the past, enterprises focused on the “function” of talents, while corporate ethics explored “quality and energy”, which means “quality” plus “function”. Quality includes the attitude and behavior of employees. Through corporate education and training, the behavior (behavior) and attitude (attitude) of organizational members can be changed for the better, thereby creating a positive cycle for the organization and society. In order to support the organization to strengthen its operating system and establish the spirit of corporate ethics, Social Enterprise Stream joins hands with Xinyi Housing and Xinyi Cultural Foundation to launch the project “Entrepreneurship is on the way, ethics must be done – small and micro enterprises’ ethics long-term training class”, which focuses on economic and social aspects respectively. 、Environment 3 Oriented to planning training courses to help organizational leaders better understand the spirit of corporate ethics, and then be able to lead the organization to exert social influence. In the environment-oriented course, Qiu Zhongben, chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Association of the Republic of China, and Cai Chengzhang, CEO of Uleland Sustainability, were invited to share the learning and practice of corporate ethics in the environment-oriented course.

A safe labor environment leads to a safe social environment

Occupational accidents may lead to physical and mental injuries of workers, loss of working ability, and even social problems or family destruction in severe cases. According to the 2020 statistical report of the Ministry of Labor, the top 5 occupational accidents are traffic accidents (46%); being pinched and rolled by machines (10.2%); stabbing, cutting, and bruising (9.8%); falling (8.9%) and falling ( 6.5%). According to the report, in 2020, an average of 1 person will die from occupational accidents every day. Only a safe labor environment can have a safe social environment. In terms of the environment of the ethics course, Qiu Zhongben, director of the Occupational Safety and Health Association of the Republic of China, introduced health and safety laws and regulations, as well as possible practices for organizations to comply with occupational safety and health laws. It is expected that the trainees will increase their awareness of occupational safety and health laws and regulations, examine the internal legal compliance status of the organization, and formulate the next action plan. The spirit of the Occupational Safety and Health Act is to protect the safety and health of workers and prevent occupational accidents. The decree is also in line with the spirit of the United Nations’ International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Employment rights including gender equality and the occupational safety of temporary contractors are all within the scope of legal protection. Prevention has always been a priority in promoting occupational safety, but it has been difficult to fully implement. Causes of occupational accidents include unsafe conditions and behaviors. According to statistics from the Ministry of Labor, on average, employers report “unsafe conditions” each year accounting for 10% of the cases, and “unsafe behaviors” account for 88%. situation. Qiu Zhongben said that if we think about occupational disasters from the perspective of the environment, business organizations and employers should strive to minimize the unsafe factors in the environment, so that even if uncontrollable human errors occur, they will not be too serious or even irreversible. workplace accidents. Qiu Zhongben further explained that occupational safety can be gradually implemented in three aspects. First, recognize and prevent occupational accidents through awareness, assessment, and control; second, employers should be familiar with occupational accident response methods, including first aid, notification, and investigation, to minimize occupational injuries and also strive to avoid recurrence thirdly, employees should be aware of occupational safety relief channels, and through complaints or application for assistance, on the one hand, they can supervise their employers to implement occupational safety, and on the other hand, they can also protect their own occupational safety.

Create sustainable DNA of organizational environment, starting from managing carbon emissions

According to the global risk matrix proposed by the 2021 World Economic Forum Risk Report. The world’s top five disasters are extreme weather (floods, storms, etc.), failure of climate adjustment measures, human-caused environmental disasters, infectious diseases, and loss of biodiversity. Cai Chengzhang, CEO of Uland Sustainability, shared in the Chief Ethics and Environmental Course that companies can follow the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations to examine the improvement within the organization and incorporate SDGs as DNA into the organization’s operations. Gradually upgrade from the organizational level to the entire city, and even the national level, to continue and expand sustainable action. The course focuses on the verification and management of carbon emissions. The management process includes greenhouse gas inventory, product life cycle carbon footprint disclosure, carbon neutrality and reduction offset trading, and national and urban greenhouse gas emission management. Cai Chengzhang explained that the first step in carbon reduction management for an organization is to take stock of the high-carbon emission processes within the organization, set a 10-year carbon reduction plan, and set 3-year and 5-year acceptance checkpoints to gradually promote the ultimate goal of carbon reduction Target. In addition, Cai Chengzhang shared that research and development of low-carbon business models is also a future market opportunity. The world’s first climate supermarket, Sweden’s Felix (Felix), promotes the concept of “carbon emission currency” for consumption. Beginning in August 2020, affix a low-carbon footprint label to its own products, measure the product from raw material production, processing, to packaging, and refer to the carbon data of the Swedish National Research Institute (RISE) to mark “per serving” and “per gram” carbon dioxide emissions, and differentiated by 4-color scales, so as to encourage consumers to practice carbon reduction actions at the moment of shopping. What are the key factors for the sound operation of the organization? Because many organizations focus too much on customer service and product development, they tend to ignore the most basic safety, hygiene, or compliance with laws and regulations in the occupational environment, resulting in occupational accidents, which may lead to physical and mental injuries of organizational members, family destruction, or even irreparable social problems. In the general course, Yang Zhengxue, CEO of the Xinyi Cultural Foundation, mentioned that the spirit of corporate ethics lies in taking into account all stakeholders and not favoring any party. The unethical phenomenon of many enterprises may be caused by favoring a certain stakeholder, for example, the supremacy of profit, which may sacrifice the interests of employees or customers. The process of understanding and practicing corporate ethics is like walking on a road of practice. The results cannot be seen immediately, but through continuous learning and accumulation, a good corporate ethics physique can be established, so that the organization can go far and steadily.   How can enterprises improve workplace safety, reduce environmental damage, and ensure the rights and interests of internal and external stakeholders?

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