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Executive Brief - Feb 6 2014 - The Holy Grail of Safety
NAEM Executive Brief Feb. 6, 2014

"I have always admired the ability to bite off more than one can chew and then chew it." - William C. deMille, (1878 - 1955) American screenwriter and playwright

The Holy Grail of Safety: A Single, All-Encompassing Safety Leading Indicator
Good and bad news on the topic of leading indicators for safety. First, the bad news: A single, all-encompassing safety leading indicator is like the fountain of youth - it probably does not exist. However, there is some good news: There is a single leading indicator that seems to stand above all the rest with regard to its ability to explain and predict workplace injuries. Read more....

Training in Native Language Makes Workplaces Safer
If you have ever visited a foreign country where you speak little or none of the language, you know how confusing it can be. In terms of safety training, comprehension increases when learners can give their complete attention to the content without first needing to mentally convert the information into their first language. Read more....

Firms Must 'Prioritize Resource Efficiency Or Die'
Companies could face a 40 percent gap between available water supplies and water needs by 2030, and some critical materials could be in short supply as soon as 2016. The Carbon Trust says these challenges remain largely unaddressed, leading to disruptions to supply, growing regulatory requirements, volatile fluctuation of prices, and threatening the viability of existing business models. Read more....

How Intuit Innovates by Challenging Itself
We know that questioning can trigger innovative thinking. But the key - and challenge - to truly changing the status quo is identifying the right question. Read more....

Global Warming Battle Is Over Market Share, Not Science
This debate is no longer about whether global warming is real (it is) or whether humans are the most likely cause (you are), but rather, some very interesting and different questions that might be more professionally relevant to finance: How is this going to affect business? What are the investing consequences? Who will be the financial winners and losers of climate change? Read more....

Business Leaders in Davos Keen To Mainstream Circular Economy
The concept of the circular economy is so simple and attractive, but because the economy has been built on the false notion that there is an endless supply of cheap materials, moving towards a cradle to cradle system is proving fiendishly difficult. Read more....

Burberry Commits to Phasing Out Toxic Chemicals from Supply Chain
The luxury brand Burberry Group PLC announced its commitment this week to removing all hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by Jan. 1, 2020. To achieve this goal, Burberry will set up "mechanisms for disclosure and transparency" for the hazardous chemicals used in its supply chain. Read more....

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