Plans to support companies who focus on health and safety performance have been announced by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC).

Research has revealed a growing recognition by socially responsible investors of the importance of having accurate information about company health and safety performance for investment decision-making.

HSC has agreed an action plan to take the research results forward with the aim of publishing a guidance document later this year.

It says it will help companies which show a commitment on the issues to implement health and safety programmes.