Biggest Influences of Health, Safety and Environment practices by 2030

13 May 2019 ,  —


New ‘HSE 2030’ report reveals drivers of change, the impact of wellness programmes and HSE at board level

The most recent paper from the International SOS Foundation, Ambassadors for Duty of Care, reveals that regulatory compliance is predicted to be the leading cause of change for HSE professionals by 2030, with 72% of placing this top.

The visionary ‘HSE 2030’ paper and survey, also found that:
• the biggest positive impact will come from wellness programmes (59%)
• investment will be most influenced by data analysis (55%)
• the scope of the HSE professional will change significantly (by more than 25%) in the next decade (64%) and that HSE will be Board level or C-Suite (56%)

Dr Mark Parrish, Senior Medical Ambassador, International SOS Foundation said: “There is no doubt that there is a busy time ahead for HSE professionals. New regulation and standards are always going to cause some growing pains. If businesses succeed in finding the best practices for them, while adhering to new global standards of health and safety, the future looks bright.”

"Significantly, because of the increasing complexity HSE professionals face, many believe the topic should find its way to the boardroom. There are many reasons why there could be an HSE board member; one being that we are in the era of sustainable development goals."



The HSE 2030 report, which surveyed 230 industry professionals, uncovers the most significant occupational health and safety changes they need to prepare for. It also looked ahead at the impact these changes will have by 2030 on various different aspects of health and wellbeing at work.
Following the impact of regulatory compliance, just over half of respondents believe that industry best practice compliance (53%) and data management (43%) will be the next biggest influencers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 84% of respondents felt that this will lead to an increase in the complexity of health and safety requirements.

The four biggest global influencers on compliance are expected to be:

• UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)
• Revised GRI 403: Occupational Health & Safety Global Reporting Initiative GRI Standard
• BSI ISO 45001: International Occupational Health and Safety Standard
• International Labour Organisation (ILO) Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems

Along with compliance, the study also revealed that wellness and mental health programmes are coming to the fore. 

Dr Parrish explains, “Organisations are becoming increasingly aware of the link between wellness, with its serious associated non-communicable diseases, and business resilience. With the increase in focus on meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), it is expected that more countries could enact regulations that affect worker health positively.

Both these trends will lead to more companies considering optimising and extending wellbeing programme delivery. There is going to be a lot of change for HSE professionals to juggle in the next ten years but, with the right relationships and partnerships in place, the opportunities for success are clear.”

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Notes to Editors

About International SOS Foundation - Ambassadors for Duty of Care

The International SOS Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation, established in 2011 with registered charity status. The International SOS Foundation commissions and shares research and best practice for a greater understanding and mitigation of risks in areas of Duty of Care for the global workforce. Key topics supported via thought-leadership programmes are: risk management, sustainability, prevention and work health. For more information: