Internal audit sustainability and employee health & safety compliance

May 2011
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Internal audit sustainability and employee health & safety compliance

At a glance

Many companies establish sustainability strategies to increase long-term shareholder and social value while mitigating negative environmental impacts. As sustainability becomes part of the business model, internal audit should support the business in addressing emerging risks and exposures beyond traditional employee health & safety (EH&S) compliance.

Internal Audit 2.0: Sustainability was developed to help our clients better understand the environmental, safety and social risks associated with the changing business models and the new sustainability regulations and trends likely to impact businesses in 2011 and 2012.

We discuss several emerging trends and regulations likely to impact businesses in 2011 and 2012 that deserve internal audit attention:

  • Employee health and safety
  • Corporate social responsibility reporting
  • Conflict minerals
  • Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act greenhouse gas permitting and mandatory reporting regulations
  • California cap-and-trade

What are the priority sustainability challenges for your organization? What are the exposures that may be created if the current response is uncoordinated? Are you ready?