It’s A Wrap! 2021 Symposium: A Virtual Experience

This was the first time the Campbell Institute hosted its annual Symposium virtually! This new opportunity allowed attendees to tune in from around the globe. Speakers presented from locations like New Hampshire to Amsterdam to the local Chicagoland area. Read some presentation highlights and get a preview of the Future of EHS.


  • Is Artificial Intelligence the Answer to Fatality Prevention?: The use of computer vision to reduce the chance of warehouse collisions. Computer vision can take a video, identify what and who is in it, locate people and objects in real space, track them over time and identify behaviors (for example, whether or not someone is using PPE) to help create a safer environment. Keith Bowers, Bowers Management Analytics
  • Culture Shifts When Crisis Hits: My belief is that people inherently care about safety. When we run into pockets where someone is displaying behavior deemed unsafe, many times we find disconnects between the organizational approach and the employees’ perception of what is safe. The way to remove that disconnect between organization and employee is to bring employees through the entire lifecycle process of that management system. When you build a program, have employees take ownership of some of those elements. The process doesn’t need to be over technical and difficult. Employees want to be safe, it’s drawing the connection between the activity and the consequence. It’s making that connection and going forward. Jason Townsell, Netflix
  • In Conversation with the 2020 Robert W. Campbell Award Winner: If you look at the job of CEO, they don’t have a lot of time or opportunity to mull things over for hours at a time. The challenge for technical people is to be direct, you have to understand what you’re coming forward with and why you’re coming forward with it. Ask yourself – “why do I want to do it? What’s going on, what do we need to do differently?” The role of the EHS professionals is to be the leaders to bring the case forward in a compelling way that convinces senior leadership that what they propose is the right thing to do. Joc O’Rourke, The Mosaic Company
  • Managing through Social Disruption: Communication, communication, communication! And providing that communication in many different formats so no matter what, they are receiving information. Create a central repository of information. The most successful part of our communications were the health and wellbeing town halls, where we really were inundated by questions from employees. Have multi-channel communication. The Swiss cheese model really shows the multiple stages of keeping people safe and how it’s everyone’s responsibility to do that. Dr. Paul Gannon, Corteva 
  • Lasting Improvement through Technological Investment: There is a lot of value in partnering with the business, and not just go it alone from a safety function perspective. There are likely safety benefits that all groups need to achieve, so if you can expand the view, it’s going to help you build a compelling business case. Additionally, identify the meaningful use cases. You need to understand the target audience, how they will use technology, and how it will make their life better. Pete Sullivan, Accenture


  • Business Continuity and Sustainability in Partnership: Business continuity is vital. Even though we know people are a company’s greatest asset, we need to be able to react to pandemics and to be agile and resilient. Health and safety doesn’t always get into enterprise risk management and I think people are in the center of that as well. Malc Staves, L’Oréal
  • Keynote Speaker – How to Go from “Crazy Busy Mode:” to “Ready Mode”: We are strong enough to face whatever comes our way. We have the raw materials we need, we just need the right toolkit. These are learned tactics, not inborn traits. But ultimately, it is our choice how we handle stress and the feeling of “crazy busy”. Dr. Darria, Emergency Physician, National Bestselling Author, National TV/media health expert


The Campbell Institute and Work to Zero will be in Louisville, Kentucky on February 15-18 in 2022! Join fellow thought leaders, EHS professionals and decision-makers to learn about the Future of EHS.

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