"Organizations face environmental, health, and safety challenges on a daily basis. Be it due to unique operating conditions, challenges in process efficiency and continuity, human resource management, public relations, or the ever-changing economic climate, business leaders must optimize the intrinsic value of EHS to the triple bottom line. This conference offers a unique platform for researchers and practitioners to jointly explore evidence-based practices in achieving this goal."

• Mei-Li Lin, National Safety Council

"We encourage all leaders from business, government, academia and non-government organizations to attend the first annual Economics of Stewardship and Sustainability Conference at Xavier University. This will be a truly unique forum to learn about the latest developments and future trends in the areas of: product stewardship, sustainability, health, safety and the environment."

• Rick Hackman, Procter and Gamble

Location: Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
Dates: October 28-29, 2010

Sponsors: Xavier University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Campbell Institute are sponsoring the Economics of Sustainability - Health, Safety and the Environment Conference of 2010. Presenters at the conference will include researchers and practitioners. The event sessions promote the ideas of R2P: "Research to Practice" initiated through NIOSH programs.

More information will follow on conference registration and the call for papers. Contact Ginny W. Frings, Ph.D. for more information.

This conference qualifies for Continuance of Certification (COC) credit for certified safety professionals (CSPs) who attend. This conference qualifies for Certification Maintenance (CM) credit for Occupational Health and Safety Technologists (OHSTs) and Construction Health and Safety Technicians (CHSTs).


According to Andrew Savitz (author of The Triple Bottom Line: How Today's Best-Run Companies are Achieving Economic, Social, and Environmental Success - And How You Can Too, 2006) "a sustainable corporation is one that creates profit for its shareholders while protecting the environment and improving the lives of those with whom it interacts." Michael Porter and Mark Kramer (Strategy and Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility, HBR 2006), explain the significant positive correlation between a company's attention to the triple bottom line and sustainable success.

The concept of sustainability in the business sense has been evolving since 1987 when introduced by the Brundtland Commission of the UN. Today, when working to achieve organizational sustainability, companies are faced with the challenge of how to measure each triple bottom line (TBL) component: people, planet, and profit. The SEC and accounting regulations provide guidance for measuring accounting profit, but how do we define and report metrics for human capital and natural capital - both vital to the sustainability of every company.

During the Economics of Stewardship and Sustainability - Health, Safety, and the Environment Conference 2010, participants will come away with:
  • Increased cognizance of the importance of focusing on organizational sustainability
  • Knowledge of the current research and trends in safety, health care, and sustainability
  • Interaction and connections with industry leaders
  • Accessibility to tested sustainability models and metrics
  • Realization of ways to put industry research into practice (R2P) when designing and implementing TBL measurements for safety, health, wellness, and environmental programs
  • Most effective methods of reporting TBL information to stakeholders and consumers
  • Cognizance of the value-added importance of product safety from the prevention-through-design brand development stage through the distribution and market-driven product modification stages
  • Understanding of the New Frontier in health care decision-making correlated with effectiveness and efficiency.