GRI 403: Occupational health and safety
Explanation of the material topic and its boundary
Givaudan’s ongoing success depends on the health and safety of our people and our efforts to always improve their well-being in and outside the workplace. Providing a safe and healthy working environment and encouraging responsible employee behaviours is essential.
We look to reduce the number of health and safety incidents by improving the workplace environment, safety behaviour and awareness through a number of measures.
Ensuring the safety, health and wellness of our staff are an essential part of being a responsible company and employer and we actively promote safe and secure working environments for all.
We strive to manage risks associated with working in industrial environments and with hazardous chemicals. Our goal at Givaudan is to eliminate accidents and get ‘Everyone Home Safe, Everyday’. We engage our employees to actively contribute to this target through awareness campaigns and specific training programmes and look to ingrain these reflexes into our very culture.
Our primary means of achieving this is through a behavioural-based safety awareness programme designed to reinforce a strong culture in which every employee takes responsibility for his or her own safety, the safety of the people around them and the safety of the environments in which we operate. Our approaches consist of safety leadership training for line managers, a set of Safety Ground Rules and globally rolled-out employee awareness training that covers the behavioural aspects of occupational health and safety.
Every location receives a yearly pre-defined local safety target that is aligned with and contributes to the global objective in accident reductions. In this way, our Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) mission goes beyond rules and processes by aiming to empower all employees to take shared responsibility in safeguarding the environment and protecting their own health and safety as well as that of their colleagues. Our goal is to enhance this EHS mindset in the daily activities of all employees so it becomes second nature as well as the right thing to do.
Safety underlies everything we do and we are now building on our commitments with two recently introduced purpose goals. We will reduce total cases of recordable injuries by 50% and ensure access to mental and physical health initiatives, tools and training for everyone on our sites.
We continue to make good progress towards our ambitious target of less than 0.1 Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR) by 2020. In 2019, our LTIR – the measure of the number of occupational incidents with at least one day of work lost relative to 200,000 hours of work – was 0.22, down from 1.03 in 2009, and there were no fatal injuries.
This improvement in LTIR is the result of the sustained engagement by employees in safety issues. This success is supported by the championing of safety best practices, continuous improvement in our safety management system, and a range of other programmes helping to embed a culture of safety at work and at home.
This year, we have been particularly successful in driving safety contacts, which are quality conversations correcting safety issues and reinforcing good safety behaviour: we achieved a record level of more than 30,000 such contacts in 2019.
Our EHS group launched two global safety campaigns in particular areas needing particular attention: forklifts and fire. The forklift safety campaign, which was linked to our Safety Ground Rules, has already resulted in a reduction in incidents. Our global fire safety campaign, launched to improve employee awareness of fire safety and to minimise fire risks, aims to build a proactive, preventative fire safety culture and fill any technical gaps in fire prevention measures. The campaign, which focuses on the top three causes of fire in the workplace, will continue through 2020.
Our health and safety activities have traditionally focused exclusively on our production sites, but we are now expanding our scope to include non-production sites such as commercial offices and laboratories. This will mean the reporting of health and safety data from all Givaudan sites and the subsequent public disclosure of performance. The programme, which includes training EHS people at our non-production sites, is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 and our aim is to provide EHS coverage for the whole organisation.
Finally, with the growth of the Company through recent acquisitions, we are gradually bringing new businesses into the Givaudan EHS reporting system. We expect this to be completed for all recent acquisitions from 2020.
Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities