The international Robert W. Campbell Award
honors companies that achieve business excellence through the integration of EHS (Environment, Health and Safety
Environment, Health and Safety – also Safety, Health and Environment or HES or HSE – is often used as the name of a department in corporations and government agencies. The EHS guidelines were created by the International Finance Corporation in 1998...
) management into business operations. Built upon rigorous scientific evaluation, the Campbell Award uses an evidence-based case study
A case study is an intensive analysis of an individual unit stressing developmental factors in relation to context. The case study is common in social sciences and life sciences. Case studies may be descriptive or explanatory. The latter type is used to explore causation in order to find...
approach to serve as a catalyst toward transforming the landscape of EHS worldwide. To promote leading-edge integrated management systems, and to educate and influence leaders across national and cultural borders, exemplary Campbell Award submittals are shared with organizations and educational institutes through the Award’s network of twenty-three Global Partner organizations.
The ultimate goal of the Campbell Award is to educate leaders about the intrinsic value of EHS to the triple bottom line
The triple bottom line captures an expanded spectrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational success: economic, ecological, and social...
through rigorous, evidence-based case studies.
History and Mission
The Campbell Award was developed by the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is a 501 nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health. Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, NSC is a member organization, founded in 1913 and granted a congressional charter in 1953...
and is underwritten by the ExxonMobil
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Corporation. The National Safety Council is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1913 and given a congressional charter in 1953. Members of the Council include more than 51,000 businesses, labor organizations, schools, public agencies, private groups, and individuals. The Award was founded in 2003 by Dr. Mei-Li Lin, in collaboration with the ExxonMobil Corporation’s charitable Foundation. Dr. Lin has served as the Award’s Program Director since its inception.
The Award is named after Robert W. Campbell, an early 20th century pioneer in the safety movement of the United States and the first president of the National Safety Council. Campbell recognized the humanitarian benefit of safety, but realized that there were also economic benefits of EHS. His belief that striking a balance between these two benefits would convince a larger audience of the importance of safety serves as the basis for the ideals of the Campbell Award. The Award’s official site maintains a page with biographical informational about Campbell.
To continue Campbell’s work, the Campbell Award seeks to “collect and highlight the best examples of safety, health, and environmental management in successful business management worldwide.”
The Award’s official website lists the following mission and goals:
- Identify and provide evidence-based findings that enable current and future business leaders to effectively advance business vitality through embracing the value of environmental, health, and safety management.
- Recognize businesses that uphold EHS as a key business value and link measurable achievement in EHS performance to productivity and profitability.
- Establish a validated process by which industries can measure the performance of their EHS operations system against well-tested and internationally accepted key performance indicators.
- Use a rigorous systematic review process to capture and evaluate the successes and lessons learned.
- Share leading edge EHS management systems and best practices for educational purposes worldwide.
Award Qualifications and Criteria
Companies applying to the Campbell Award must meet several basic qualifications:
- Applicants must have an integrated EHS system tied to their overall business system
- Applicants must have at least five years of continuous EHS improvement
- Applicants must have at least five years of profitability
Beyond these qualifications, the Award is open to enterprises of any size, and to both independent and government-operated organizations. Applicants compete in two categories based upon size. Category I comprises companies with more than 1,000 employees, and independently-auditable subsidiaries of those companies. Category II comprises companies with up to 1,000 employees.
Award submittals consist of a narrative
A narrative is a constructive format that describes a sequence of non-fictional or fictional events. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, "to recount", and is related to the adjective gnarus, "knowing" or "skilled"...
discussing key points of the applicant’s environmental, health, and safety program, methods and strategies for its implementation, and the ways in which it is integrated into the applicant’s overall business model. The narrative must also demonstrate that EHS is pivotal in the applicant’s sustained growth and success.
All applications for the Campbell Award are evaluated by a panel of reviewers consisting of experts representing management, labor, academic, and government perspectives, nominated and approved by the Award’s Global Partners.
Reviewers are guided in their evaluation by a set of rigorous criteria. Based on these evaluations, Award finalists are selected. On-site assessments at finalists’ headquarters and operations sites are then conducted by a team of assessors, and after further evaluation, winner(s) are named. Objective and confidential feedback is provided to each applicant.
Award Presentation and Continuing Activity
Winners of the Robert W. Campbell Award are announced at the annual National Safety Council Congress & Expo. Winning submittals are showcased by Award Global Partners at EHS, business, and leadership conferences and events around the world.
Winning companies work with Campbell Award administrators and business schools to develop university-level case studies based on their submittals. These case studies have been utilized in business and engineering schools worldwide.
Campbell Award Business Case Studies
Currently, two Robert W. Campbell Award Business Case Studies have been produced and five are in development. The two finished Case Studies are:
- Noble Corporation – Project Windmill (Campbell Award Business Case I)
- Alcan, Inc. – Leadership Challenges in Cross-Culture Ventures (Campbell Award Business Case III)
- 2011: UTC Fire & Security
- 2010: The Dow Chemical Company
- 2009: Schneider Electric
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- 2008: Fluor
Fluor Corporation is a publicly owned engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance services organization. Fluor is headquartered in the Las Colinas area of Irving, Texas. The company employs more than 41,000 international employees and maintains offices in over 25 countries...
Hanford (Category I)
- 2008: Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (Category II)
- 2007: The Bahrain Petroleum Company BSC(C)
- 2006: Alcan
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Inc. (Category I)
- 2006: DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Company (Category II)
- 2005: Johnson & Johnson
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- 2004: Noble Corporation
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List of Award Global Partners
- The Conference Board
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- International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
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- International Safety Council
- International Social Security Association
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- National Safety Council of Australia LTD
- Minerva Canada
- Workplace Safety and Prevention Services
- China Occupational Safety and Health Association
- Institute of Safety & Health Practitioners, Hong Kong
- Occupational Safety and Health Council, Hong Kong SAR
- European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health
- BG RCI
- National Safety Council of India
- Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency
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- Bahrain Health and Safety Society
- Center for Environment, Safety and Health Technology Development
- National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
The National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, commonly referred to as NTUST or Taiwan Tech, is a public/national technological university located in the Taipei City, Republic of China. Taiwan Tech was established in 1974, as the first and the leading higher education institution of its...
- Taiwanese Institute of Occupational Health and Safety
- McAfee School of Business Administration, Union University
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- McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
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- The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
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- Whittemore School of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire
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