“Zero Accident” – Sustainable Safety Management

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We have launched a “Zero Accident” program that focuses on lowering accident rates as well as on eliminating unsafe working conditions and unsafe behaviors in all areas of our company. A fundamental element of the program is strengthening the international networking of our production companies, with the goal of establishing a faster, more comprehensive exchange of information. In implementing this we are making sure that the experience and insights we have gathered so far across differing areas of our company are shared quickly and fully via an internationally accessible platform. In addition to this, besides regular international telephone conferences and regional workshops, mutual onsite risk assessment support meetings also take place. Safety measures valid for the entire production network are derived from these. Wherever it becomes clear that shared, uniform standards need to be improved, we take appropriate steps immediately.

Several different examples of our sustainable Safety Management underscore the importance that we attach to this topic area:
In 2017 our production site in Chile received its fourth award in a row from national accident insurer Mutual de Seguridad, for its excellent occupational safety management system. Assessment of the management system was carried out under the international management system standard OHSAS 18001. We are especially proud of the fact that in Chile, only 58 out of a total 98,525 member companies of the national accident insurance scheme have received this award.

Moreover, all work was suspended for two days at our factory in Thailand in 2017. The reason: We carried out a two-day campaign on location around the topics of safety, health and environmental protection, as we had done in previous years. More than 600 employees took the opportunity to learn about topics such as healthy nutrition, waste and energy management, and occupational safety. As part of the campaign we also presented the 10 Golden Rules of Occupational Safety, which all future visitors to the factory will receive before they enter the factory premises. Our efforts are paying off, as an impressive figure shows: By the end of June 2017, the factory reported three million working hours without an occupational accident involving more than one day’s absence from work. You can find out more regarding our program on environmental protection and occupational safety standards here

At Beiersdorf, we are convinced that proactively taking responsibility for our employees and our customers is fundamental to our Core Value of Care – and this is expressed in our sustainability strategy. Within this, we also understand that the need for business travel due to the increasing globalization of our company group necessitates an upgraded Security Advisory service. Amongst other measures, this means that we provide our employees travelling abroad with up-to-the-minute security briefings in acute, sometimes highly localized crisis situations. This may even include an Executive Board Member issuing case-specific approval for a vital business-related trip. Our Security Advisory Service also covers the medical aspects, such as providing advice on required vaccinations specific to a destination country. Beyond these country-specific briefings, our business units around the world also receive onsite support through regular Security Audits. We have updated the standards underpinning these and made them accessible via a new IT platform, unless they contain information classified as confidential.