How IOM is delivering on UN Sustainable Development Goals

Committed to our purpose of protecting and improving health through the workplace and wider environment IOM delivers on the UNSDG's.

Externally, our work has influenced policy for more than 50 years and continues to do so. Guiding governments, regulators and trade associations to making more informed decisions for the good of the wider public.

Internally we have challenged ourselves to improve our own level of sustainability. Consistently investing in staff, equipment and new practices which improve the wider ecosystem in which we operate.

Below are the goals in which we have been able to have the largest impact on as we collaborate and work with others who share our vision for a more sustainable future.


  • Taking on apprentices and developing them throughout their career
  • Historically have run the IOM MSc at the University of Aberdeen
  • Offering monthly training for staff with continual opportunities for them to grow

  • Delivering research which drives more sustainable infrastructure
  • Researching to improve the ventilation for London Underground
  • Improving processes for clients to be more effective and efficient e.g. remote monitoring
  • Growing our research team to increase the number of those involved in scientific research
  • Improving the environment through our research by linking activities to adverse human health which makes them a higher priority for policy makers
  • Reducing the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities through guiding policy
  • Working with individual cities to tackle local pollution problems, providing advice and guidance as we did with Beijing 
  • Sharing our story and being transparent about how we’re seeking to be more sustainable in our work towards Net-zero
  • Working with those who share the same goals and purpose to increase our collective impact
  • Showing industry how changing working practices is beneficial to them and holding them to account
  • Working with learning legacy partners such as HS2 to educate more people about more effective and efficient practices to lessen their environmental impact