Employee and contractor safety and health

When it comes to our safety performance, we’ve come a long way over the last 10 years. Open and honest discussions have seen a step change in the way we engage in and take responsibility for safety. But while we’re among the safety leaders in our industry, unsafe behaviour was a common factor in incidents occurring in 2018. Ultimately, if we want to turn our zero harm ambition into a reality, we need to create a safety culture where people act safely in everything they do, every day.

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  • The human cost of occupational accidents, diseases and major industrial disasters has a major global impact: the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that more than 2.78 million people die every year as a result of occupational accidents and diseases1
  • eeBeyond the impact on people, the economic burden of occupational accidents, diseases and major industrial disasters is estimated at around 4% of global GDP each year1
  • Our operations involve high-risk activities that could affect people’s safety and health. As a minimum, stakeholders expect us to apply robust risk management controls and procedures to keep people safe

1) http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/safety-and-health-at-work/lang--en/index.htm

  • It’s a moral and a business imperative that we do everything we can to avoid harm to people’s safety and health while working at Mondi – including our employees, contractors and other people who have reason to be on Mondi sites
  • We have a caring culture; when an incident occurs it can have a devastating impact on the injured and their family, as well as on their Mondi colleagues Safer operations are more efficient, profitable and successful, with employees and contractors enjoying higher levels of engagement and motivation
  • People are more likely to choose to work for us over those companies with poor safety performance or sub-standard working conditions

Our commitments

  • Avoid work-related employee and contractor fatalities
  • Prevent life-altering employee and contractor injuries
  • Reduce TRCR by 5% compared to 2015 baseline, including new acquisitions

Our performance

  • Two fatalities
  • Five life-altering injuries

  • 0.68 TRCR
In focus Embedding a 24-hour safety mindset

We introduced the 24-hour safety mindset approach in 2017, whereby safety is seen as something we do for ourselves, for our families, and for our colleagues and their families. The concept is designed to tap into people’s awareness on an emotional, unconscious level by applying safety to all aspects of their lives, not just to work. It is based on the premise that there is no difference between being safe at work or at home – the outcome is the same – and if we develop our habits so that safety becomes an unconscious behaviour, then we’ll ensure our own safety and that of those around us.

Also in 2018, we launched a hard-hitting safety communication programme to address the risk of serious injuries relating to moving and rotating equipment. The programme, which will run until March 2019, includes posters and video interviews with three employees who have suffered life-altering injuries in the past.

We are now exploring options for implementation of internal and or external programmes that will focus on the conscious as well as unconscious safety behaviour of employees. Through these efforts, we will continue to strengthen our safety culture and our engagement and training to make safe habits a way of life and in turn prevent serious incidents.

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  • Target 8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment