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Sustainable Work Environment

Articles on a sustainable work environment.

Working hours: a hot topic for the Labour Inspection Authority director

Working hours: a hot topic for the Labour Inspection Authority director

(Feb 11, 2011) Ingrid Finboe Svendsen's dream is to create a popular drive for a better work environment. The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority has often been in the spotlight for dealing with cases of social dumbing, but the Authority's director wants to showcase the full scope of what the organisation does. And this is where Facebook comes in.

Hillevi Engström: more social responsibility needed in working life

Hillevi Engström: more social responsibility needed in working life

(Nov 24, 2010) Once the leading star of Swedish Police, Hillevi Engström is now in charge of whipping working life into line. She wants to use her role as Minister for Employment to challenge businesses to take social responsibility. In return she offers economical incentives and an improved education system.

Nordic measures for sustainable working life

(May 07, 2010) In the last analysis, the great challenge for the Nordic countries is the survival of the welfare state. To meet this challenge, more people must be in work, and they must work for longer than before. The employment rate must be sufficiently high to meet productivity requirements, but also to reduce the escalating cost of increasing ill-health, invalidity pensions and early retirements. This is not a new problem, but it is now higher on the Nordic countries’ agenda than ever before.

Not only green, but good

Not only green, but good

(Oct 26, 2009) The Nordic countries and their companies will try to present themselves as environmentally friendly as possible during the Copenhagen Climate Summit. But what does it mean to be green? As huge investments are made in renewable energy, it’s important that other values are not sacrificed.

Copenhagen turning green

Copenhagen turning green

(Oct 26, 2009) Copenhagen is aiming to turn into a green capital for business ahead of the UN climate change conference it will host in December.

Finland hopes for green jobs too

Finland hopes for green jobs too

(Oct 26, 2009) Finland has long made a living from its "green gold" - the forests - even though its pulp mills and paper production plants hardly can be called environmentally friendly.

Tomra – safe and green

Tomra – safe and green

(Oct 26, 2009) The global production of bottles, cans and other drink containers tops 800 billion. Half of them end up on landfills. Recycling all this would save large amounts of energy, and cut CO2 emissions.

Work place health promotion - a double-edged sword

Work place health promotion - a double-edged sword

(Oct 26, 2009) Pedometers, weight clubs, gym memberships - more and more companies invest in their employees' health. For most the results are good. But work place health promotion can also create second-class workers, according to a new study from Umeå Universitet.

Norwegian Point Carbon has its finger on the pulse of emission trading

Norwegian Point Carbon has its finger on the pulse of emission trading

(Oct 24, 2009) A smiling Barack Obama adorns Per Otto Wold's office coffee mug. Mr Wold is CEO at Point Carbon, a Norwegian provider of news, analysis and consulting services for the global power, gas and carbon markets. President Obama doesn't sit on his desktop by chance. The American President is on everybody's mind here.

Positive factors at work – a new perspective

(Aug 01, 2009) What makes workers happy and content, and what keeps organisations healthy and productive? What makes workers resilient and good at adapting when more and more is demanded of them in an ever changing environment?

The best research has people-focus

(Dec 03, 2008) Working life research in the Nordic region has highlighted big changes in how businesses are run. So-called borderless working life offers flexible working hours and less division between work and leisure. But what are the long-term consequences?

Striking the right work-life balance

(Mar 03, 2008) There's a lot of focus on finding a balance between work and private life these days. Despite all the good intentions, it is hard to imagine real change will come about before we seriously address the difficulties in getting the right mix of family and working life. There is now considerable scientific documentation showing heavy work loads and unsociable working hours make it hard to find time for family life.

Committing to a sustainable corporate life

Committing to a sustainable corporate life

(Oct 01, 2006) Danish business leaders to be coursed in social responsibility - known as CSR. This autumn sees the beginning of a major project, which involves sending 12.000 business leaders from small and medium sized companies on a course. They're to be taught how to be considerate and how to be better at showing local social responsibility in a voluntary and systematic way. It's called CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility, and it's the largest project of its kind in Europe.

Integrity - a new term in Norwegian labour law

Integrity - a new term in Norwegian labour law

(Mar 01, 2006) The Nordic countries set up labour inspection authorities to protect workers against accidents, dangerous chemicals and excessive spells of work. But how do labour inspection work when the work place is in transformation? During times of change so many things happen simultaneously that the employees’ integrity is threatened.

Making production sustainable: The Danish experience

Making production sustainable: The Danish experience

(Mar 01, 2006) When Danes talked about 'sustainable' production in the past, they were most likely thinking of organic farming products. During the 1980s and l990s the expression was given a wider meaning. Today it is associated with production, economy and working life.

Sustainability - a strategy for the future

(Mar 01, 2006) Can society be sustainable if working life isn't? By valuing working life in terms of sustainability, we add a new perspective of forward thinking and inclusiveness which concerns people. Sustainability puts work in a context which challenges traditional solutions and players, and it mobilises fresh thinking. This is one conclusion from a report written by professor Bjørg Aase Sørensen and Christin Thea Wathne at the Norwegian Work Research Institute. The report will be published this spring.

Older workers: A mental change for Finland

Older workers: A mental change for Finland

(Mar 01, 2006) The number of employed people over 55 years of age has increased more in Finland than in most other European countries in recent years. A full three quarters of the 300.000 jobs created between 1999 and 2001 were taken by older men and women.

Chaos within safe borders

Chaos within safe borders

(Nov 03, 2005) You feel it as soon as you step inside Norwegian Snøhetta’s offices; something exciting is happening here. In what used to be a big harbour authority storage hall, overlooking the ravishing Oslo fjord through a huge glass window, 50 people are sat drawing the future.

Sustainable work for a sustainable development

Sustainable work for a sustainable development

(Mar 01, 2005) There doesn’t seem to be any national characteristics, which define a good work place. The Nordic countries don’t particularly stand out when you focus on what factors create a sustainable work place. It’s all about being seen and being heard. It’s about working at a speed you can live with, and with resources and tools good enough for the task at hand. And not least – the work must be meaningful. But in a time when working life is in perpetual change, is it really possible to create sustainable work places?

In search of a sustainable work place

In search of a sustainable work place

(Mar 01, 2005)  

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Danish: bæredygtig arbejdsliv

Norwegian: bærekraftig arbeidsliv

Swedish: hållbar arbetsmiljö

 

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