Late-Stage Cancer Is the Top Driver of Employer Health Care Costs

Employers continue to have concerns about such issues as health equity and the affordability of health care, and plan to continue to invest strategically in their health and well-being offerings.

Cancer has overtaken musculoskeletal conditions as the top driver of large companies’ health care costs, according to the Business Group on Health’s 2023 Large Employers’ Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey.

While the top three conditions fueling health care costs remained the same from last year – cardiovascular disease, cancer and musculoskeletal conditions – 13% of employers said they have seen more late-stage cancers and another 44% anticipate seeing such an increase in the future, likely due to pandemic-related delays in care.

The research uncovered that as employers continued to have concerns about such issues as health equity and the affordability of health care, they plan to continue to invest strategically in their health and well-being offerings.

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Look for the “Believers” to Evangelize Your Safety Culture

Occupational health and safety, like anything, needs to be imbedded into culture and culture is created by the employees.

Safety cultures should be created by employees for each other – empowered, invested and supported by the company – as opposed to forced down and then begrudgingly adopted or ignored.

That’s the view of Neil Bedwell, a council member of Forbes magazine who heads up a consultancy that focuses on culture called Local Industries, based in Atlanta. Employees represent the most important stakeholders in any workplace initiative, he says. In the context of health and safety, guidelines may be created by a small group of senior people, but it is the employees on the floor who bring these principles to life day-by-day and minute-by-minute.

“Occupational health and safety, like anything, needs to be imbedded into culture and culture is created by the employees,” Bedwell says. “Health and safety … Read more...

Learn How Leading Brand Estée Lauder Succeeds with ESG Management

The world of ESG can be intimidating when it comes to regulations, reporting and executive support. How does leading brand Estée Lauder achieve ESG management success?

The Environment and Energy Leader Solutions Summit took place online on July 19, 20 and 21, 2022. Leaders from many different industries came together for a series of candid conversations on the importance of ESG in creating a sustainable future and the challenges that come with meeting increasingly complex reporting requirements around the world. There were discussions about the ESG regulatory environment, ESG management software, the importance of data for ESG reporting and many other topics that are at the forefront of today’s strategic business discussions.  

The opening keynote session featured Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy, VP of ESG at The Estée Lauder Companies. The conversation began with a look at how organizations are managing the rapid advance of ESG as a critical strategic priority over the … Read more...

EHS Software and Technologies Help Businesses Keep Pace with Transforming Work

The speed and the pace of work is creating new challenges and opportunities for health and safety in the massive volumes of data that can be captured by EHS management systems and how it can be used to improve performance.

Technology is the driving force behind workplace transformations and will be the engine powering environmental health and safety or EHS management to ensure it keeps pace with the ever-changing and increased speed of work.

An article in the Houston Chronicle (CHRON) reports that technology’s impact on work has exponentially increased the rate of production and speed at which business occurs, adding that, “technology in the workplace has helped workers become more efficient than ever before. What used to take hours now can take minutes.”

The World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risks Report says 73 percent of executives predict significant industry disruption in the next three years due to technological changes, … Read more...

How ESG Management Builds Resilient Organizations

While many organizations view ESG and ESG management as simply another reporting obligation, ESG principles and frameworks provide better understanding of people, processes and tools. 

Organizations need to do more than know their product lines, research their customers and balance the books. They also need to understand the threats and opportunities that are part of the world in which they operate. Understanding the nature of risk might not be the most exciting part of running an organization, but it’s the one that will help to ensure you have an organization to work at in the years to come. 

The last few years have completely upended our ideas of what is required to build a resilient organization. In 2019, no one was thinking about how to react to a pandemic that would shut down the entire world, a supply chain that threatens to crumble under the weight of constant disruption, the … Read more...

Is an EHS Management and Sustainability Approach Right for Your Business?

Sustainability and EHS software may be just the thing your organization needs to help keep your workers safe and protected.

Keeping workers protected and workplaces safe needs the commitment and involvement of all divisions within a business. It also requires an integrated approach to what might be described as EHS&S or environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability. One that includes:

  • Steps to define and prepare for risk,
  • Aligns a stronger and safer workplace culture,
  • Maps EHS and sustainability goals and objectives, and,
  • Consolidates for consistency across all business segments.

An EHS&S information management system may be just the thing your organization needs, but how would you know? Check out this four-phased approach, below, for answers and guidance.

Phase 1. Step Back and Evaluate Your Needs:

Are you only managing permits and compliance deadlines? If so and your business is small, simpler could be better.

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Leaders 2 Leaders The Network: Successful Mobile Rollout 

The adoption of mobile technology allows Wizz Air to immediately report on and record flight information and incidents, even when employees are off-line.

Akos Steigervald, System Administrator and FDM manager, is the main point of contact at Wizz Air for Intelex Technologies. Wizz Air, with its 6,400+ employees, is a Central-Eastern European airline with its head office in Budapest, Hungary. The airline, which carried 21.7 million customers in 2021, serves many cities across Europe, as well as some destinations in North Africa and the Middle East. 

Steigervald recently shared information about Wizz Air’s successful mobile rollout during a Leaders2Leaders The Network session with other Intelex customers. These sessions feature a series of interactive, customer-led sessions that encourage best practice sharing, networking and collaboration with our Intelex European customers. The sessions – for users by users – offer insight, pro tips and more to help you get the most from our … Read more...

How ESG Technology Supports Innovation 

Much of the ground-breaking innovation in ESG technology is taking place in the energy sector.

From a certain perspective, the global market appears grim. Take, for example, the following: 

  • Experts predict that while supply chain pressures will ease by 2023, the recovery won’t reach pre-pandemic levels any time soon. 
  • Climate scientists believe that Earth’s climate could develop into a chaotic system that experiences rapid fluctuations of severe weather. 
  • By 2050, 87 percent of Americans will live in cities, which will put significant strain on infrastructure and resource consumption.  

Our perspective of risk has been radically altered by events like the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly escalating threats caused by the climate crisis. At one time, we though of risk as something we could anticipate and manage. Today, however, we know that not only can cataclysmic disruption occur overnight, but threats from climate change can extend decades into the future and … Read more...

EHS ROI Should Be the Endgame, Rather than the Start of Your Investment Pitch

The inherent value of occupational health and safety (OHS) for every business and organization makes it seem unimaginable that anyone would argue the importance or necessity of protecting workers on the job. 

So why can it be so difficult to obtain additional and necessary investment to improve safety performance? Perhaps the answer lies in the capitalist axiom that business is business, after all, and any investment made must be measured by a resulting payback.  

When it’s necessary to quantify environmental, health and safety (EHS) investment dollar benefits, return on investment (ROI) comes into play. And, while there are many tools and calculators available to help construct an ROI, before spending the time and effort to build a business case, it’s necessary to understand a couple of fundamental things – namely, for whom ROI is important and whether it is truly how a business thinks about safety.  

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Managing Carbon Emissions Data in Five Steps

Before organizations can think about reporting, however, they need to think about data. Accessing and analyzing data is the key to an effective approach to ESG.
Before organizations can think about reporting, however, they need to think about data. Accessing and analyzing data is the key to an effective approach to ESG.

For years, industries such as oil and gas have used emissions monitoring systems to measure emissions for carbon and methane to report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, in the last few years, environment, social and governance (ESG) frameworks that consider the material impact of emissions on both organizations and community stakeholders have moved beyond emissions-heavy industries to include all organizations that touch the supply chain. Proposed rule changes from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will mean that many organizations will soon be responsible for reporting Scope 1 (emissions resulting from direct operations), Scope 2 (emissions created indirectly as a result of purchased energy) and Scope 3 emissions (emissions further down the supply chain, such as those generated by suppliers or from … Read more...