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Title: International Development Days

International Development Days Vancouver, BC
October 2 4, 2002
Sustainable Cities Initiative
Opportunities for the Canadian Private Sector
Maureen C. Shaw Industrial Accident Prevention
Association October 3, 2002 Email Website
"A World where risks are controlled because
everyone believes suffering and loss are morally,
socially and economically unacceptable."
To improve the quality of life in workplaces and
communities we serve by being an internationally
recognized leader in providing effective
programs, products and services for the
prevention of injury and illness.
Industrial Accident Prevention Association
Formed 85 years ago by industrial leaders with
the Canadian Manufacturers Association, we have
evolved as a non-governmental not-for-profit
corporation to 225 professional staff with the
following integrated menu of offerings
  • Consulting Services (High Impact Solutions,
    Integrated Management System and Occupational
  • Technical Services (Ergonomists, Engineers,
    Occupational Hygienists)
  • Training/Education Services (Public, In-house,
    Internet, CD-Rom)
  • Products (more than 100 products)
  • Partnerships and alliances locally, nationally
    and internationally (e.g. Canadian Manufacturers
    and Exporters, Ontario Furniture, Canadian
    Foundry Assoc., Hong Kong Council, ILO, ISSA,
    WHO, PAHO)
  • Community-based programs through a network of 900
    industry volunteers

Essential Components of Sustainable Cities
Economic Security
Environmental Integrity
  • local, regional economic viability
  • opportunities for employment
  • economic justice/equity
  • reduce gap between rich and poor
  • economic security
  • appropriate technology and economics
  • long term view not short term gains
  • living within ecological limits
  • protecting natural resources
  • responsible consumption patterns re-use
  • measurable carrying capacity indicators

Quality of Life
Democratic Participation
  • communication, education, information,
  • all stakeholders represented and involved
  • power from within the community
  • belief in the possibility of change
  • democracy
  • accountability
  • personal dignity
  • grassroots organizations
  • efficient, affordable, accessible transportation
  • linking jobs to housing and communities
  • honouring culture
  • pluralism and tolerance
  • diversity
  • cooperation
  • health
  • education
  • communication
  • compassion

Source Dr. Warren Flint Five Es Unlimited
Sustainable Cities
Based on European Sustainable Cities Report
Sustainable Cities
Canada was the first country to use the workplace
as the catalyst for developing coalitions and
partnerships for prevention of injuries in
  • Skilled experts and practitioners in workplace
    injury and illness prevention
  • Framework of legislation and standards (including
    International Standards)
  • Belief in the need to generate greater social
    awareness of the magnitude of the unacceptable
    injury problem
  • Economic Political benefits of prevention
  • Bringing together leaders in communities with
    knowledge and expertise in business, government,
    planning, public health and social sciences,
    education, epidemiology, crime prevention, fire
    prevention, transportation safety, childhood
    safety, seniors safety and more!

Helping make Canada the safest country in the
world to live, learn, work and play.
  • The Safe Communities Foundation has a practical
    plan for workplace and community-wide safety with
    the following outcomes
  • protecting lives
  • reducing the cost of losses
  • creating a healthy climate for investment

In Canada we now have 31 communities designated
by the Safe Communities Foundation
  • World Health Organization (WHO) has
    internationally designated three communities in
    Canada Fort McMurray, Alberta Brockville,
    Ontario and Fort Frances, Ontario
  • There are 65 WHO designated communities
  • Communities such as, Hong Kong, New Zealand,
    Brazil, South Africa, Bangladesh, South Korea,
    Sweden, Finland and more are working on WHO
  • Canada encourages them all to make the workplace
    and small business a priority to business and
    human sustainability

For more information contact WHO Collaborating
Centre on Community Safety Promotion (Karolinska
Institutet at
Community Injury Prevention
  • Data Collection
  • Measurement
  • Evaluation

Traffic Safety
Farm Safety
Fire Safety
Special Needs Groups
Service Clubs
Fire Fighters
Health Units
Financial Costs
Recreational Safety
Childhood Safety
  • boating
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Safety Assns.

International Partners
Workplace Safety
Small Medium Enterprises
Local, Provincial and National Government
Source M. Shaw, IAPA Carol Eamer
Corporate International Imperative
Work is an indispensable basis of society, and
furthermore the process of work should be
optimized by guaranteeing decent working
conditions for all.
The goal of the global community should be to
guarantee a universal minimum level in working
conditions and in occupational safety and health
for all working people with the help of global
strategies. The goal should be especially, to
protect the most vulnerable groups, such as
children, migrant workers, disabled people, aging
workers, women and illiterate workers.
Dr. Professor Jorma Rantanen, Finnish Institute
of Occupational Health
Closing Thoughts.Cities contain many Communities
  • In our globalized economies, if we are to be
    successful in business and as a society we must,
    above all else, care for people. Human
    sustainability must be the core of what we do.
  • Healthy, safe and environmentally sound
    workplaces are integral to successfully achieving
    sustainable cities.
  • We need to collaborate, communicate and
    coordinate our knowledge, experience and
    resources toward this shared goal. The Safe
    Community model and its experience is
    transferable as well as transformational.

The bottom line is compelling and real
Estimated Global Occupational Losses
  • More than 5,000 people die every day because of
    the work they do for a living
  • 2 million global work related fatalities every
    year (estimated for year 2000)
  • 250 million accidents per year worldwide
  • 160 million diseases are caused by peoples jobs
  • World economic losses are equal to 4 of worlds

Source ILO report, 2002)