Updated: Jan 31, 2019
"Proactivity is a process that can be applied to any set of actions through anticipating, planning, and striving to have an impact."
Source: Research in Organizational Behavior, "The dynamics of proactivity at work", Adam Grant, Susan Ashford
To help meet your quality, safety, environmental, and regulatory compliance objectives being proactive is essential and best done by incorporating feed-forward processes between functions as well as implementing learn / improve cycles in your feed-back path.
These become proactive mechanisms when used to achieve goal-directed objectives where progress is made over time by advancing process capabilities not by conformance to prescriptive requirements.