Our commitment: Ensure all Nestlé units have basic safety and health protection systems for all employees
By 2016 – Ensure that robust safety and health management systems are in place, covering all employee populations so there is the same level of safety and protection across all businesses.
At the end of 2014, OHSAS18001 certified safety and health management systems were in place for 444 factories, 119 distribution centres, 26 R&D centres, 30 offices and 30 field sales forces (2013: 442 factories, 130 distribution facilities and 25 R&D centres).
A global network of safety and health specialists was set up to help office and sales communities to implement this commitment. This network shares information and practices between markets and helps identify good practice. In 2014, action plans were put in place to close remaining certification gaps and a robust monitoring system was established to track company-wide progress.
All industries must deal with inherent hazards and dangers. At Nestlé, the significance of these hazards is increased by the scale of our global operations. While we are already among the leaders in safety & health in our industry, our aim is to strive for true excellence, with the ultimate goal of zero injuries and work-related illnesses. This ambitious goal, which is fully aligned with our Corporate Business Principles, is supported by various programmes and initiatives set out in our Safety & Health Roadmap. One of our most important initiatives is to expand the scope of our safety & health programme beyond our manufacturing and distribution activities, to include our colleagues working in R&D, sales and office-based functions. It is this objective that is reflected in our commitment to put 18001 certified management systems in place across all our employee populations.