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ESG and Human Capital: What’s the Role of the H&S Professional

By Tamara Parris
Published: March 18, 2022 | Last updated: March 25, 2022
Key Takeaways

What is the interdependency of Materiality and ESG? Why is Materiality important and how does it applies to us, as Health and Safety Professionals? 

Join us for our second episode in a series of three, where we speak with Kathy Seabrook, CEO and founder Global Solutions Inc. about Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) impacts and Human Capital. Missed Episode one? Listen here! Episode One

Kathy takes us on a journey to better understand the evolving business environment that is supporting workplace health and safety and environmental impact management around the world.

In this second episode we focus on: The role of the Health and Safety Professional in ESG, Materiality and Business Risk, and the value, impact and dependency of people (a company’s human capital) and their safety, health and wellbeing at work. Kathy takes us on a journey to better understand the interdependency of Materiality and ESG, why Materiality is important and how it applies to us, as Health and Safety Professionals. She also shared how to get to the decision maker's table so our insights can be heard!

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Forwards by Kathy A. Seabrook:

My hope is we will have fun, teach and learn with each other about why people are the core of every successful business and that a #True North business focus, valuing people and their health, Safety, and Well-being is evolving to be a true measure of corporate performance.

Through this series of three episodes we will look at ESG and human capital's connectivity to workplace health and safety.

The Business world and investors are talking about it! Taking care of people, the environment and having the governance structures in place within the organization to do it. This includes policies, practices, processes, clear roles and responsibilities and procedures, all very familiar to business leaders and safety professionals, to ensure the environment is looked after, our communities and people as well.


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Our Guest:


Kathy Seabrook CEO and founder of Global Solutions Inc.

Kathy Seabrook is a trusted advisor to business leaders across industry sector who are focused on their people, a company’s human capital, leveraging the value of people and their safety, health and wellbeing, to influence decisions making in their companies, resulting in sustainable, resilient safety/health excellence and corporate performance.

Kathy is a recognized global leader at the forefront of transforming the business value of people and their safety, health and wellbeing. She co-leads the Capitals Coalition ‘Valuing OSH in Human Capital’ project group, is the former chair of the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability and published author on global environmental, safety and health management, human capital and ESG/sustainability. She serves on the Chairs Advisory Group for the technical committee developing the ISO 45001 family of standards, and is past president and fellow of the American Society of Safety Professionals, fellow of the British Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, member of the GRI 403:2018 Occupational Safety and Health standard project working group and an appointee to the National Academies of Science: Gulf Research Program Risk Committee. Kathy is a chemist by education and holds professional certifications in the US, UK and Europe.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathyseabrook/
Website: https://www.globalehs.com/
Twitter: @GlobalEHS

Resources: https://www.globalehs.com/

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Written by Tamara Parris

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Tamara Parris is the VP of Community and Business Development at Safeopedia, and owner of EHS Professionals Group on LinkedIn. Her passion is working with other EHS Professionals to collaborate in thought leadership, networking and connecting our industry peers to resources that will increase profitability and safety practices within their workplaces. Tamara has been in the Health and Safety field for over 20 years, her industry experiences include the Construction sector, CCTV and Security, and Commercial Retail industries.

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