A small group of industry leaders within the food and beverage processing and manufacturing industry in BC determined that injury rates in their industry and throughout the province were too high and they decided to do something about it.
It was decided that the solution must come from industry leaders taking the initiative to establish a culture of health and safety throughout the industry and at their own companies.
The Charter represents that first step in that journey. By committing to the principles enshrined in the Charter, the CEOS and Senior Executives at Leading Performance 2011, a day-long conference on health and safety that included speakers and attendees from Rio Tinto Alcan, Pacific Environmental Consulting, Andrew Peller Ltd., Agropur, Soprema, Tinhorn Creek Winery, as well as many of the province’s top leaders from the manufacturing sector, committed themselves to solving the issue.
The Conference was organized and hosted by the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC, a non-profit association representing BC’s food and beverage processing and manufacturing industries.
“I believe that it is possible to achieve ‘zero injury’ in the workplace and the path towards this is our focus at Rio Tinto Alcan in British Columbia. By demonstrating, on a daily basis, clear ‘leadership in action’ and employee engagement we are able to instill a mindset that each and every element of a work action is an opportunity to improve. No task is so urgent or important that it cannot be done safely.”
“We have made premium savings of six figures since embarking on our health & safety initiative to continually improve our performance.”
“We went through hell on wheels, but the trust we developed through our drive to reduce accidents paid off in a hundred different ways.”
“As senior business leaders, we have the most incentive to re-orient the punitive dynamic of traditional health and safety regimes to one based on prevention. Forward-thinking companies will recognize that the time has come to apply the success found in other areas of modern enterprise to the culture of Health & Safety programs.”
The purpose of the Charter is to bring together CEOs who understand the principle that the effective management of health and safety is essential to the long term profitability and sustainability of their companies and spread the message to as many leaders in the corporate world.
The business case for health and safe is well documented. By working together we hope, not only to drive profits and productivity up but bring injury rates down, establishing ourselves as corporately responsible citizens and making a difference in the shape of health and safety in BC industry.
We Believe That Together We Can: Reduce Injury Rates, Reduce Workplace Insurance Premiums, Increase Productivity, Increase Profits, Demonstrate Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Stewardship.
Start the Journey
Now that you know more about the BC Safety Charter and what the commitment involves, we’d like to meet you and help to you to begin your journey with us.
When you complete this form a Charter Member or representative will be in touch with you to help get things going.
If you have any further questions about signing the BC Safety Charter please give George W. Higgins a call at 604.802.7315 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.