I read three company presentations this week for this column and each began with a slide on safety performance. Each company’s headline achievement was not profit growth or earnings but the fact that high safety standards were maintained.
It was just another anecdote about the culture change towards industry safety. In fact, the focus on safety from boardrooms to front-line staff, particularly in heavy industries, and constant communication about it, is a lesson for other parts of industry that need change.
I write extensively about boards and directors often talk about safety from an environmental, social and governance (ESG) perspective. Some directors chair safety committees and consider safety standards across the supply chain as part of their risk-management duties.