Being a manufacturing company, we have made the health and safety of people one of our core principles. We strive to deliver leading performance in health, safety, environment and security (HSE&S) with a vision to deliver zero injuries, waste and harm through operational excellence.
In our role as responsible employer, AkzoNobel has implemented a global people, process and product safety management program, through which we strive to ensure that the highest safety standards are applied to our activities and sites. In addition, our Life-Saving Rules program embeds eight key safety rules that must be applied with zero tolerance, along with one golden rule – all our employees are empowered to stop work that they recognize as being unsafe. In 2020, 72% of our locations have been reportable injury-free for more than one year, and our total reportable injury rate (TRR) is 0.23, reduced by 19% compared with 2016.
In 2020, due diligence has been focused on our internal operations, and it has shown that there are effective and suitable controls in place for our own employees and contractors. This is evidenced by our strong safety record. A description of our health and safety controls is provided in our annual report. We continue to monitor the effectiveness of our controls, and are committed to achieving zero injuries.
In our role as business partner, we are screening and monitoring our business partners through formal processes, of which health and safety is an integral part.
2021 Due Diligence Actions
In our roles as a manufacturer and a community member, we realize that the health and safety risks across our value chain require more due diligence. The human rights risk assessment has identified areas for further due diligence:
- Sale of products: Due to the nature of our products, we acknowledge there is an inherent risk of impacting the human rights of the end users of our products. In 2021, we will continue with our proactive approach to the review and management of hazardous substances in our products
- Raw materials: a new Raw Materials Sustainability Group (RMSG) representing the different functions in the company determines the sustainability strategy for raw materials use.