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New Global Benchmarking Research Shows Lack of EHS Maturity and Future-Readiness 

SYDNEY and FRISCO, Texas, Dec. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — As the working year draws to a close, new research shows 97% of workplaces in the United Kingdom are still too vulnerable to health and safety risks. Of those 8.7% are exposed to unacceptably high levels of risk.

Only 3% of organisations believe they are ready to manage their environmental health and safety (EHS) risks. This is despite increasing advocacy for zero risk in the workplace.

The research shows a central problem is the ability to capture vital data, and then action that data in time to prevent or respond to an incident or crisis. The research included more than 1,000 EHS professionals across 20 industries worldwide and was undertaken by independent analyst firm Focus Networks.

A staggering 68% of EHS leaders do not have confidence in the quality and quantity of data being captured. (See key findings below.) This is not to say EHS professionals are not keeping their workers safe, but that they believe processes could be made much better.

‘Behavioural economics tells us that executives are overconfident when assessing an organization’s ability to respond to future events. And we also know that one of the best antidotes for overconfidence is objective data. A 68% no-confidence vote by EHS professionals is very objective and very telling’, said Andrew Milroy, author of the report and lead researcher at Focus Networks, the firm HSI commissioned to undertake the survey.

‘As much as we’d like to think otherwise, risk management is in its adolescence. And ineffective or faulty evaluation of risk likelihood and severity can be extremely serious in EHS, just as it is in cybersecurity,’ said, Jose Arcilla, President & Chief Operations Officer, HSI, the company that commissioned the research.

‘From a risk perspective, we can’t keep thinking “if this happens”, but rather “when this happens”. And, if you’re not prepared to answer the “when” question, you either have a healthy appetite for risk or are extremely complacent. Neither are good,’ Arcilla added.

EHS maturity varies across industries. For example, healthcare and construction both have high risk levels, but their maturity is quite different. Healthcare has a maturity score of 63.6 out of 100 and is the best-performing industry. By contrast, the construction industry scored only 49.3 for maturity out of a possible 100, effectively a fail.

In response to the research being presented at the World Congress on Health and Safety in Sydney Australia, the Assistant Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Liam O’Brien said, ‘All working people should have the right to a safe workplace, but the HSI Donesafe research confirms the lack of health and safety capability is all too common in Australia. A key shortcoming is the failure by some businesses to consult and involve workers and their representatives in the design of their health and safety systems, despite workers being the ones who actually perform the work and understand its risks.

‘ACTU research last year supports these new findings, with 20-25 percent of workers saying that employers did not consult or involve them in decision-making about their own health and safety – that has to change.’

But there is good news.

‘There are a small number of big factors that make a difference,’ said Milroy.

‘First, many organisations are in a complexity blizzard. They can barely see the terrain they are on. This is because there are too many disconnected systems.

‘Safety data is typically time-sensitive and too many organisations cannot action data in time. Often people don’t even know where or how to report an issue. So, a simple, integrated system solves many problems,’ Milroy said.

The research also found that most organisations approached health and safety in terms of compliance, rather than as a part of risk management or as an investment in people and culture.

‘Compliance is a grudge purchase. So, it is no wonder people are not engaging with safety systems and don’t adopt better practices. The leadership team needs to change the narrative on health and safety, so it becomes part of the vision,’ Milroy said.

The research shows that best-practice organisations that have integrated technology and data dramatically reduce complexity. They also focus on the safety of the whole person, which goes beyond physical risks to include psychosocial factors such as anxiety and bullying, as well as cybersecurity and privacy.

‘Yes, technology has developed in leaps and bounds, especially in our ability to integrate and use data in real time, but ultimately this is a leadership matter. It is about risk management and corporate culture. It is about the organisation you want to be, not compliance, and if you don’t understand that you will fall further behind,’ said Jose Arcilla.

The Report was prepared by Focus Networks and commissioned by HSI.

A copy of the report can be found here.

Key Findings for Decision Makers

Compliance and engagement

75.8% of organizations are compliance-focused and struggle to engage their people

67.1% of organizations are simply ‘operational’ with limited digitisation

88.3% of organizations are vulnerable, in one way or another to risk, and falling behind in their EHS processes

70% of EHS leaders are saddled with multiple point solutions versus a multi-solution platform, increasing their lack of data integrity

68% of leaders report gaps in the security and privacy capabilities of their EHS process

Gaining executive support is the leading concern with implementing a new EHS platform

Reducing workplace incidents and injuries is the leading expected outcome of a new EHS platform, followed by the desire to reduce time spent on administrative tasks

An increasing number of respondents, 57%, are focused on consolidating vendors and costs

A major challenge for immature organizations is effectively engaging their staff and workforce on EHS issues.

Lack of connectivity

In terms of connectivity, 47% of participants cited disparate systems as a major capability gap.

The relationship between complexity and technology is misunderstood

State-of-the-art technology can dramatically simplify data collection, analysis and action, yet far too few organizations understand this relationship, instead preferring to keep adding stand-alone technology that is difficult to integrate.

Contemporary and emerging technologies will improve EHS readiness but, so far, only the most mature organizations understand this potential and have acted on it.

Largest capability gaps

The four biggest gaps overall are:

  1. Lack of engagement with staff and workforce
  2. Lack of integrated data that can be actioned in real time
  3. Low or non-existent resources allocated to psychosocial and mental health challenges
  4. Security and privacy issues

Risk Level and EHS Maturity by Industry

Industry

Risk

Maturity Level

Maturity
score out of 100

Oil and gas

Very high

Operational

57.3

Mining and metals

Very high

Operational

56.4

Healthcare

High

Progressive

63.6

Utilities

High

Progressive

61.1

Construction

High

Foundational

49.3

Transport and logistics

High

Operational

52.9

Agriculture

High

Operational

51.1

Manufacturing

Medium

Operational

56.6

Automotive

Medium

Operational

56.7

Retail

Medium

Operational

59.7

Government

Low

Progressive

61.2

Education

Low

Operational

58.2

Methodology

In the second half of 2023, Focus Network, in collaboration with HSI, conducted 1,013 interviews and surveys of EHS decision-makers across the globe, distributed across more than 20 industries.  Respondents were asked a series of questions relating to each component of the EHS function. Responses to these questions were then used to determine maturity for each component. A number of categories were determined for overall mean maturity scores in terms of readiness and in terms of risk.

Global breakdown of responses:  37% North America, 29% ANZ, 26% UK, 7% Other Countries

Organisation size: 41% greater than 1,000 total employees, 59% lower than 1,000 total employees 

About HSI Donesafe 

HSI Donesafe, a global integrated EHSQ and ESG software leader, has redefined how modern workplaces realize safer, smarter and more sustainable ways of working. Donesafe is an advanced cloud-native platform for achieving universal regulatory compliance, risk management and data reporting.

Built with next-generation no-code technology, the Donesafe platform boasts 50+ adaptive modules. This unmatched configurability empowers clients to effortlessly co-design their own modules with drag-and-drop ease, unlocking a world of possibilities, all managed within a single source platform.

Used by over 3 million people globally, the Donesafe platform is trusted by the world’s largest organizations, including governments, for its next-level security  , privacy, and authentication standards. It delivers a world-class suite of enterprise support services, integration connectivities, and business intelligence (BI) reporting capabilities, designed to keep future-ready workplaces adapting at pace.

For more information, visit: https://www.donesafe.com.

HSI Donesafe is a division of HSI, a global single-source partner for EHS, ESG, training, compliance and professional development solutions with over 40 years of experience supporting enterprises, including many Fortune 500 companies, spanning 22,000 customers across 71 countries.

For more information, visit: https://www.hsi.com.

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Shanghai’s Lujiazui adds 5 global asset management institutions

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SHANGHAI, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Five global asset management institutions, including Aspect Capital and Schroders Capital, have signed agreements to settle in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Financial City, said local authorities.

According to Xiao Jian, head of Lujiazui administration bureau under the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Lujiazui Financial City has so far attracted more than 8,000 financial institutions.

Lujiazui has become an important cluster for global asset management institutions in China. It now boasts about 80 percent of foreign-funded asset management institutions, 40 percent of foreign-funded corporate banks, nearly one-third of public fund management companies, and nearly one quarter of insurance asset management institutions of the total in the country, Xiao said.

More than 80 world-renowned financial institutions from 13 countries have established over 120 foreign asset management institutions in Lujiazui.  

“Lujiazui is an important gathering place and business expansion place for global asset management institutions in China. We are very honored to have the opportunity to join the Global Asset Management Partner Program. We also hope that through this signing, we can contribute to building Lujiazui into the core area of a global asset management center and accelerating Shanghai’s entry into the forefront of global asset management center cities,” Li You, Chief Compliance Officer of Aspect Capital (China) Limited.

Shanghai has made a great stride in pushing for financial openness and attracting more global financial institutions and investors. The next step could be to take advantage the special status of Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Lingang special area to develop an off-shore financial system, adopting the most advanced financial business models and regulatory regimes,” said Yan Hong, professor of finance of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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LAMPRO International Distributor Summit: A Feast of Gathering and Future Prospect

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-Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate

HUIZHOU, China, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2-3, right on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of LAMPRO, the International Distributor Summit was successfully concluded in Huizhou. With the theme of “Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate”, the summit attracted more than 200 partners from all over the world, sharing the industry trend and advanced leading technology. During the summit, LAMPRO held an appreciation award ceremony and signing ceremony as well for partners to co-build a partnership system and create a brighter future together.

At the summit, Sichuan opera performances, band shows, and other entertainment sessions created a warm and comfortable homey vibe, so that every guest fully enjoyed the process. One of our partners even took the initiative to sing on stage.

To share business opportunities with partners and demonstrate the vision of prosperous development, LAMPRO has elaborately planned the “Tree of Dreams” launching ceremony and the 20th-anniversary sand painting video. In the beginning, Chairman Tiger Lin thanked all partners for choosing Unilumin and LAMPRO, and he emphasized, “It is vital to choose the right brand and bind with it, which will help you become an outstanding leader locally.” Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence Liu, General Manager of LAMPRO, shared the development strategy of LAMPRO partner system. The project director introduced and demonstrated LMini and other major product series in details, which greatly boosted the confidence of global partners.

Furthermore, to thank partners for their support and seek mutual development, LAMPRO also held an awarding session, a signing ceremony, and a visiting journey to the Daya Bay intelligent manufacturing base on March 3, which demonstrated the industry-leading intelligent manufacturing capabilities of LAMPRO and high quality of products. LAMPRO sincerely expects to establish a closer cooperative relationship with global partners. Partners said that they gained valuable friendship and cooperation opportunities at the summit, and highly recognized the manufacturing strength and product capability of LAMPRO.

Meanwhile, elaborately arranged lucky draws pushed the atmosphere to a culmination, in which prizes included electronic equipment of well-known brands. At the end of the dinner party, LAMPRO prepared unique souvenirs, including the 20th-anniversary mascot of LAMPRO, hoping to leave an unforgettable impression on every guest.

Looking ahead, we expect to share greater joys of success with more partners in subsequent distributor summits, create a bright future and display a better world together.

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Aptoide launches campaign for a truly open digital market with new DMA website

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LISBON, Portugal, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aptoide, the pioneer in global alternative Android app distribution, has launched a new campaign website, Leveling the game, including an Open Letter from the Aptoide founders, to demand full compliance from gatekeepers with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) and to urge regulators to take further action against anti-competitive practices by digital gatekeepers. Since 2011, Aptoide has been a vocal advocate for fair competition in the mobile app market, consistently challenging the market dominance of tech giants like Google.

 

With the March 2024 deadline for complete DMA compliance from gatekeepers set for this week, Aptoide sees this as a critical juncture for achieving true fairness in digital markets. However, the company also points out that significant obstacles remain, particularly with Apple’s recent DMA-related proposals, which include the introduction of a Core Technology Fee (CTF) and restrictive terms that limit developers’ access to alternative platforms.

“Aptoide has always advocated for a digital marketplace where innovation thrives and fairness reigns”, said Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide’s CEO and co-founder. “The DMA is a landmark step in that direction, but it’s clear that some tech gatekeepers are reluctant to let go of their stranglehold on the mobile industry. We must continue to push for reforms that will truly level the playing field”.

Aptoide argues that Apple’s proposed changes mostly serve to preserve its market dominance rather than to foster genuine competition, maintaining control by imposing disproportionate fees on alternative app stores and discouraging users from exploring non-Apple ecosystems through complex installation processes and misleading warnings.

Álvaro Pinto, co-founder and COO of Aptoide, added, “We’re at a crucial moment where the actions of regulators will determine the future of digital markets. Apple’s half-hearted reforms under the DMA are simply not enough. We need to ensure that the spirit of the DMA is not lost in loopholes and half-measures”.

In response to these challenges, Aptoide calls on EU authorities to hold Apple accountable and to demand that they:

  • Eliminate or significantly reduce the CTF to reflect actual costs.
  • Offer developers the freedom to choose between distribution models without restrictions.
  • Simplify the app installation process for a better user experience.
  • Apply the CTF fairly across all market participants.
  • Remove misleading warnings about alternative payment systems.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of data from competing marketplaces.

Aptoide believes that real competition can only emerge if the EU takes decisive action to enforce open market principles, leading to a digital marketplace that values fairness and innovation. And that the fight for an open digital marketplace is far from over and requires a united front. That’s why the company urges developers, consumers and regulators to join in demanding more from both Apple and Google.

Aptoide invites all stakeholders to visit their new DMA advocacy landing page, Leveling the game, to learn more about the ongoing struggle for an open digital world and to join the movement against the outdated monopolistic tactics of dominant gatekeepers.

Read the Aptoide Founders’ Open Letter about the DMA and what we need for real digital freedom here:

Open Letter from the Aptoide Founders

About Aptoide

Aptoide is a game-changing app distribution and payment processing platform, with over 430 million users, 10 billion downloads and 1 million apps. Available on multiple channels including Android, Web, TV and automotive, Aptoide offers developers a trusted, experienced partnership with a deep understanding of all ecosystems.

Please contact: press@aptoide.com 

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