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Workplace health, safety and well-being

Happy employees


Just as we aim to be a force for good in society, we are also committed to enhancing the safety, health and well-being of our own employees. 

We recognize that employee health is critical to a successful business – healthier people tend to be happier, more engaged and more productive. We work hard to understand the health risks of our employees in order to build strategic, targeted and evidence-based interventions. Ultimately, we want to inspire our people and their families to choose a healthier future for themselves.

Taking steps toward a healthier future


Providing a healthy working environment

Our new vision for health provides the means to monitor the evolving risks we face and to measure progress against them, with specific programs to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and good mental health. Employees can access training and digital content focused on mental health, as well as telemedicine and employee assistance programs. We encourage employees to monitor their own body mass index, blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol on an ongoing basis, and continue to collaborate with workers’ representatives to ensure our people’s needs are met.

Our employee health strategy

Our employee health vision aims to inspire and empower our people to choose a healthier future for themselves, their families and our business.

Our approach involves:

  • Protecting our people through anticipation and management of workplace health risks
  • Promoting health and well-being by offering programs and solutions that encourage our people to take responsibility and adopt an approach of ‘learn, feel and choose’
  • Supporting our people during and after injuries and/or illnesses, helping to create optimum health outcomes
  • Fostering an environment where employees experience caring leadership

This approach is underpinned by the principles of respecting privacy and personal choices, enabling informed decision making and supporting a healthy working environment and working conditions.

Employees exercising

Living healthier lives

Our vision for employee health and well-being is a key component of our overall business strategy and is laid out in our Roadmap for Employee Health. It provides targets related to physical activity, healthy eating and mental health, and for how those objectives should be monitored to measure progress and deliver improvements. #HealthyLives, our global training program includes guidance and interactive exercises across four dimensions: physical activity, sleep, nutrition and mental health and is available in 16 languages.

A strengthened focus on mental health

The increase in remote working associated with the COVID-19 pandemic is well known to have contributed to reduced physical activity. In turn, that reduction is known to impact mental health. In response, we now focus more on mental health, offering online training in topics covering physical activity, active breaks, sleep, relationships and parenting. We also mark World Mental Health Day with an entire week dedicated to the topic.

Employee in home office

Responding to concerns over safety

We believe in cultivating a ‘Speak Up’ culture where employees feel empowered to raise concerns around their safety, without fear of consequences. This helps ensure we are making a positive contribution to society. We encourage the reporting of abuse of power, harassment/bullying, fraud and safety. These structures and policies have helped to reduce the number of health and safety incidents.

Recognizing worker safety as a human right

Safety and health at work is one of 10 priority human rights areas we address across our business. The importance of the issue and our approach is included in our Human Rights Framework (pdf, 11Mb), covering our own offices, factories and distribution centers, as well as the businesses of partners who supply us with raw materials and the communities that serve them.

Employee in lab
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