The declaration, which was unveiled at the recent XVII World Congress of Safety and Health at Work, calls for participating companies "to affect real-world change to achieve an attainable goal of increased safety and injury reduction." One of the declaration's goals is to recognize that safety enhancements in workplaces and homes are achievable objectives that can be defined, evaluated and measured despite the differences of geographies and environments around the world. The companies also committed to reporting their progress, successes and challenges over the next three years at the 2008 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.
The global coalition of the "World Safety Declaration" includes 15 founding companies, headquartered in various countries and representing a broad range of industries. Founding companies include DuPont, General Electric, British Petroleum, TATA Steel, BE&K services, Calvert, Fluor services, Rohm & Haas, TATA Chemicals, Evergreen Aviation Technologies, Aker Kvaerner services, Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes, Hindustan Lever, CEMEX, and Reliance Industries.