Study Suggests U.S. Firms Lag in Reporting OHS Metrics

Published October 25, 2017

​A new study of sustainability reporting practices finds that companies based in the United States lag behind their counterparts in Great Britain, the European Union, and the Asia-Pacific region in the reporting of OHS metrics. For example, less than 40 percent of U.S. firms included in the study reported fatalities and lost-time injuries, compared to more than 60 percent of companies based in Great Britain and the EU, according to the report.

Coordinated by the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability, the new report, “Corporate Disclosure of Human Capital Metrics,” analyzes responses from more than 850 companies to the Corporate Sustainability Assessment conducted by the sustainability investment firm RobecoSAM. The report’s authors also reviewed publicly available information about an additional 1,100 companies that did not participate in the RobecoSAM survey.

Regardless of location, companies that responded to the RobecoSAM survey were far more likely than other companies to report human capital metrics, which include metrics related to OHS. For example, nearly 96 percent of survey respondents reported metrics related to fatalities compared to only 17 percent of publicly assessed companies.

For more information, read the press release from ASSE, which funded the study.