Givaudan acknowledges that environmental issues as well as health and safety concerns shape the current and future sustainability of its business. As part of this awareness, our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) organisation has launched a number of initiatives to ensure the Company continues to innovate and perform without compromising the safety of our people, products, assets, and the environment. To support these initiatives, the EHS organisation has been strengthened by implementing a regional EHS network that ensures the effective management of all EHS activities, risks, and programmes. The EHS organisation benefits also from the unique know-how and support of a reinforced team of global experts in the areas of safety, hazardous materials, dangerous goods, reporting, auditing, and change management.
Key among the initiatives in 2010 has been the development of the first Global EHS Strategy and the strengthening of a safety culture that is starting to result in tangible advances and improved key performance indicators. The strategy has been designed to be easily actionable at regional and local levels and reflects various priorities, challenges and plans. It will be implemented worldwide in 2011.
During the year Givaudan continued to take actions as part of its behaviouralbased safety initiative, ‘Zero is Possible’, with the introduction of SafeStart™ to raise the awareness among employees and further enhance a sounder safety culture. The SafeStart™ methodology is based on simple concepts that can be related to and applied to situations in everyday contexts. Our goal is to use SafeStart™ throughout our organisation and during the on-boarding process of new employees. Givaudan’s overarching aspiration is to reach zero accidents. In line with our Sustainability targets, we have set a major milestone of less than one accident involving a lost time injury per 1,000 employees by 2020. In 2010, we have already achieved more than 16% reduction of lost time injury rate in our manufacturing sites worldwide compared to a year ago.
Givaudan has also expanded its audit programme beyond internal audit and major facility risk audit to include a global approach providing a comprehensive EHS external audit review of best practices, local regulations and compliance. The new programme formally started in October 2010 and will provide Givaudan with objective viewpoints on areas requiring further improvement and link them to the Company’s EHS directives and policies. All locations are scheduled to be audited by the end of 2011, and each site will then be re-audited every two to four years, depending on a risk evaluation and outcomes from the initial audit.
Givaudan has successfully implemented in 2010 the United Nations mandated chemicals classification system called ‘Globally Harmonized System’. This programme is globally recognised and includes new compatible labelling of products, redesigned safety data sheets and easily understandable hazard symbols. Givaudan successfully implemented these requirements, starting in Europe.
Givaudan’s EHS organisation is part of the Sustainability initiative and is proud of their contribution in the everyday activities happening at the site level focused on employees’ health, our products, everyone’s safety and environmental protection. We believe that the decisive steps taken in 2010 will enable Givaudan to even better meet the environmental, health and safety needs of employees, customers and society.
Givaudan’s sustainable development principles and values are detailed in our 2010 Sustainability Report, published separately and available from March 2011 on www.givaudan.com – [sustainability] – [publications]