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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015
Occupational safety (OHS) is one of our highest priorities. We remain focused on our long-term objective of “zero accidents.” Our new interim target is to reduce our worldwide occupational accident rate by 40 percent by the end of 2020 (base year 2010).
With this objective in mind, we are working continuously to improve our occupational safety levels through awareness-raising training events; investments to enhance technical safety; and by monitoring the strict compliance with our Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Standards. We also want to improve occupational health and safety with our subcontractors. Therefore, in 2016, we will draft initial OHS key performance indicators and develop them gradually.
Regular training sessions are held at all sites to raise employees’ awareness and enable them to develop safety-conscious behavior. We also conduct training sessions for the staff of contractors working at our sites.
The Laundry & Home Care business unit trained its employees using various methods, including seminars by external experts, and by defining global focal topics every two months, on which the sites then conducted a series of events.
In addition to the regular safety training sessions, the Beauty Care business unit introduced a new program in Tunisia that is based on recognizing and honoring employees who exhibit outstanding safety-consciousness.
The Adhesive Technologies business unit is focusing more strongly on positive dialog on safety in day-to-day work situations. The focus here is on mutual encouragement to develop a safety culture and constructive feedback on unsafe behaviors.
The Safety Day at Adhesive Technologies in 2015 centered on culture-based safety: remaining alert and pointing out potential hazards to colleagues. Here, Walter Gondek (center) of Engineering Process Safety explains how to secure electrical drives using multiple hasps.
In 2015, we recorded 0.8 occupational accidents per million hours worked. That is an improvement of 33 percent relative to the base year 2010 and means that we exceeded our 2015 target of 20 percent.
Despite our continuous focus on health and safety, an employee in Lianyungang, China, suffered a fatal accident in a warehouse. An employee of an external contractor was fatally injured during construction work in our factory in Perm, Russia. These accidents show that we must intensify our global safety training efforts still further.
In addition, we also mourn the passing of an employee who died in the Germanwings plane crash in France during a business trip.
We care about the health and performance capability of our employees. We offer targeted health and preventive programs to guard against workplacerelated risks that might lead to illnesses.
Henkel underlined its commitment to this holistic health and safety philosophy by joining the Unternehmen für Gesundheit (companies for health) network. As long ago as 2002, Henkel signed the European Union’s “Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion in the European Union.”
The recently introduced Health Procedure describes the minimum global standards for health protection and health promotion. In the regions Europe, Asia, Africa/Middle East and Latin America, local physicians also support the sites with implementing internal guidelines, programs and legal requirements acting as health managers who provide professional knowledge, understanding of local conditions as well as local language skills. In designing these programs, our sites determine different priorities based on local requirements.
Since 2014, all Henkel sites worldwide have reported on four key figures each quarter: availability of first aiders and emergency medical care, the conducting of occupational health exams, and the occurrence of occupational illness. The achievement rate of common targets attached to these indicators has been greatly improved since then. Currently, our production sites in particular fulfill these targets almost completely. With our standardized programs for promoting a healthy lifestyle and one global campaign per year, we want to reach more than 90 percent of our employees worldwide in the future.
As part of the company’s efforts to continuously improve preventive health care measures, an annual conference takes place enabling the physicians of all Henkel companies in Germany, as well as the Human Resources departments, to compare notes. Corporate Health Düsseldorf maintains weekly contact with colleagues from the regions. The findings are made available to all sites worldwide. An annual survey of all Henkel sites on health programs and local requirements provides Corporate Health with an overview of its global health management. This is the foundation for global and regional coordination activities as well as for site planning.
Henkel offers targeted health programs to its employees. To promote and coordinate these activities Henkel started the initiative “Germany – healthy and vital.” German sites conducted campaigns to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent chronic and infectious diseases. Afterwards, employees evaluated the programs. The site with the greatest commitment and the most successful initiatives will receive an award in spring 2016.
Expert consultants from the health insurance provider AOK taught employees at the Henkel site in Viersen-Dülken, Germany techniques for a healthy back during a back pain and injury prevention training. Carina Hoffmann (left), Institut für Betriebliche Gesundheitsförderung (institute for workplace health promotion) demonstrates muscle loosening and strengthening exercises.
In a world with ever growing demands that is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic operational measures to maintain mental health are becoming more and more important. That is why Henkel offers support to its employees. Many countries now have programs that offer all employees the opportunity to seek advice on the subjects of time, stress, and conflict management. As of 2015, employees who move to other locations have access worldwide to these employee assistance programs. Initiatives on a more flexible organization of working time should also help our employees to improve the balance between work and leisure and to reduce stress factors.
Against the background of the demographic shift, companies must look for options in order to offer employees long-term employment possibilities until retirement. After a successful pilot phase between 2010 and 2012, Henkel has been participating in the Demography Project Workability Index (WAI) since 2013. The integrated concept encompasses a combination of preventive occupational health care, a medical check-up, Workability Index and an interview. Through this, each organizational unit as well as individual employees are able to compile a strengths and weaknesses profile. Employees are then provided with tailor-made requirements for action in terms of improvement and preservation of health and productivity. Identifying the needs for operational measures in terms of workplace design, trainings, organization optimization and working atmosphere helps the plant managers further develop their organizational unit. This year, some plants repeated the WAI for the first time, thus enabling an evaluation of the effectiveness of the measures. Noticeable, positive effects in terms of preservation of productivity, a healthier lifestyle and a reduction of improvement needs became evident.