IOSH and EBRD Partnership

IOSH and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are working together to ensure that safety and health is at the forefront of business operations in emerging Europe and beyond.

The EBRD is a multilateral bank committed to the development of market-oriented economies and the promotion of private and entrepreneurial initiatives. Some of the countries it operates in include Albania, Estonia, Georgia, Greece and Kosovo.

The organisations signed a memorandum of understanding at the EBRD’s London headquarters in June 2016.

IOSH and EBRD share the vision of effecting positive change by helping build professional and organisational capability, through professional knowledge and experience exchange in the world of work.

We agreed to combine efforts to influence policy and practice in occupational safety and health. We also agreed to work on a programme of joint activities aimed at protecting workers in the 30-plus countries that the EBRD invests in.

With that in mind, we will work side by side in projects with local and regional impact, matching IOSH’s industry-based members’ expertise with businesses identified by EBRD who would benefit from capacity building in occupational safety and health.

Our partnership goals are:

  1. Exchange good practice, information and expertise in pre-identified priority sectors (eg. railway, construction, shipping, transport, etc.), among safety and health professionals, the industry and others involved in influencing the health and safety agenda;
  2. Advance the position and reputation of professionals in occupational safety and health;
  3. Promote regional cooperation and engagement at all levels, with particular focus on developing countries with priority needs in the Western Balkans and transitional countries, both within and outside the region;
  4. Support the improved positioning of occupational safety and health as a lead non-financial indicator within organisational sustainability strategies including management of supply chains;
  5. Support businesses, in particular SMEs, by means of advisory support and free resources.