Occupational safety has in recent years become an ever more important part of the activities of both the private and public sector. Big international organisations in particular have adopted a high-standard safety culture and they have indeed achieved remarkable results in accident prevention through the ”vision zero” approach and the top management’s and personnel’s commitment to it.
More and more enterprises are applying strategies dealing with social responsibility as an answer to different kinds of social, ecological and economic pressures. Occupational safety is a key component of social responsibility. The European Union wishes to open a lively debate on the social responsibility of enterprises. For this purpose the Commission published in July 2001 a Green Paper on the promotion of the European framework of social responsibility.