Experts Meet to Discuss Safe Business Practices at The ‘Safety in Supply Chain’ Event

Telenor Pakistan hosted a “Safety in Supply Chain” event where industry experts discussed critical issues such as policymaking, legislation, and their on-the-ground implementation in complex multi-layered supply chains.

The discussion also focused on how to improve best practices across various businesses and industries. Representatives from Nokia, Schlumberger, Attock Refinery, Nayatel, and Engro Enfrashare attended the event, which took place at Telenor Pakistan’s 345 Campus in Islamabad.

Tone Elisabeth Aastveit Skuterud, Head of GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance), HSS (Health Safety and Security), and Sustainability, Telenor Asia, said in her keynote address that Telenor’s Supplier Conduct Principles (SCP) were based on internationally recognized standards, including human rights, health and safety, labour rights, the environment, and anti-corruption.

We understand that a sophisticated Health, Safety, and Security (HSS) culture is critical to ensuring a healthy, safe, and secure working environment. Telenor’s goal is to have no injuries to employees or business partners, which includes incorporating HSS into all aspects of the business.”

“We are dedicated to increasing HSS awareness and culture among our employees and business partners.” For me, HSS practices are about more than just requirements and compliance; they are about demonstrating how you can care for those around you,” she added.

In his opening remarks, Khurrum Ashfaque, Chief Operating Officer of Telenor Pakistan, stated that safety culture was a combination of mandatory practises and procedures, strict compliance, accountability, and behaviour development through training and communication; these together comprised an organization’s commitment to health and safety management.

“As safety standards and best practises evolve in response to technological advancements and increased risk awareness, organisations must also extend their sustainable safety performance management across their supply chains.” “By initiating this dialogue, Telenor Pakistan hopes to become a practise leader and a driver of improvement by highlighting common challenges and sharing experiences to build on each other’s learnings,” he added.

According to the panellists, workplace incidents are frequently the result of a combination of underlying causes, including governance gaps, inadequate legislative frameworks, insufficient knowledge and resources, unsafe business practises, and a lack of a proactive safety culture at the national and workplace levels.

Furthermore, they believe that the government should work with the private sector to better understand the dynamics of domestic, regional, and global supply chains and how they are interconnected.

Most organisations are unaware of occupational safety and health risks and hazards, and they frequently fail to recognise the significance and urgency of addressing those risks and hazards.

According to the International Labour Organization, 2.2 million people die each year as a result of work-related accidents or illnesses, over 270 million workers are injured, and an estimated 160 million suffer from occupational diseases.

Telenor Pakistan prioritises supply chain sustainability. The organisation seeks to gain a competitive advantage by imposing stringent requirements on its suppliers, followed by inspection and risk mitigation.

Telenor Pakistan’s goal of “making zero possible” is to reduce the number of serious incidents, injuries, and illnesses to zero by focusing efforts and moving toward a proactive safety culture.

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