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The Environment, Health and Safety Academy

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Environment, Health and Safety Academy

Guangdong and Jiangsu Province have helped a lot in Chinese national economic miracle, and the average annual GDP growth rate are 11% and 12 respectively, they are the powerful engines for Chinese economy growth, but at the same time, these two provinces face energy shortages and many environmental challenges.

The Chinese government has set ambitious targets for environmental protection, occupational health & safety, energy use and carbon intensity. However, due to the large number of factories, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, the two provinces faced big pressure on EHS management in factories, and it brings buge risk to the supply chains of multinational companies.

In order to help boost compliance and reduce risk, ISC has established two Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Academies, the first in Guangzhou (Guangdong) in 2008, and the second in Suzhou (Jiangsu) in 2011. These academies will expand the pool of qualified EHS and Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) managers serving factories in China. The EHSA-GD located in Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, and this is the first time that Chinese and U.S. experts from major brands have joined together to create world-class, independent, Chinese-owned and Chinese-staffed EHS training center, becsause of the the big success of EHSA-GD, three years later in 2011, the EHSA-JS was founded in Suzhou which is the industrial powerhouses of Jiangsu province with Nanjing University. ISC wants to improve the industrail development of Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta areas of China, to found a good platform for Chinese industrail sustainable development.

Through systematic and scientifi training sessions, the trainees can learn not only professional EHS sklls but also international EHS management models and ideas, they can enabl their companies to increase compliance with Chinese standards; decrease workflow interruptions due to injury; and reduce greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions; lower energy consumption. These initiatives help companies improve worker performance and product quality, lower operating costs, decrease the risk of fines, and provide a competitive advantage in the global marketplace as well as decrease overall enterprise risk.

In 2009, the Guangdong Bureau of Labor and Social Security officially endorsed the Academy and is working with Academy experts to develop China's professional, government sanctioned EHS certification protocols, and EHSA-GD is aiming to become the center of professional EHS managers training in south China.

The objective of the Academies is to build the capacity of Chinese practitioners to meet and exceed the standards demanded by the national agencies and the multinational brands, and contribute to the positive transformation of future China. A core group of highly qualified Chinese and international master trainers oversee continual curriculum development, in-step with Chinese EHS regulatory policy as well as mentoring Academy lectures.

There are total 66 curriculums in three different modules-EHS, Energy and GHG, and curriculums in each module can be devided into three levels-foundation, skill-building and capstone. In addition, EHS academies can develop tailored courses base on the exiting ones to fulfill the practical requirement. For further information or to register for courses, please visit the EHS academies' websites or contact by emails:

Guangdong EHS Academy

Jiangsu EHS Academy

You also can download the course list here.

ISC is actively cooperating with many international brands to enhance the exiting curriculums and we try to expand the successful concept of EHS Academy to more regions and industries. For information on how your organization can play a role in the future development, please contact Mr. Matthew DeGroot, Director-Asia at mdegroot@iscvt.org and Mr. Bill Gong, Industry Program Manager, at bgong@iscchina.org.

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