OUR ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITY
Our social responsibility [NFPS]
Challenges, risks and opportunities related to teammembers health and safety [NFPS]
For the Group, a commitment to improving safety in the workplace is a key factor for team members’ engagement, helping build loyalty among the work teams. The information presented in this chapter on health and safety in the workplace concerns all of the Group’s activities.
[NFPS Risk 4] BIC has identified the “health/safety in the workplace” risk as one of the major CSR risks resulting from its operations. BIC’s operations, both industrial and commercial, expose its workers to various professional risks (physical, chemical, psychosocial, biological, ergonomic) that differ from function to function (headquarters, factories, sales force).
TEAMMEMBERS SECURITY RELATED TO GEOPOLITICAL RISKS
For many years BIC has relied on its world-recognized partner International SOS to help its employees plan business travel under the best possible health and safety conditions, providing all necessary information and assistance prior to departure and during the completion of travel formalities. Before their arrival, employees are apprised of all the potential risks in terms of health and safety as well as political and climatic conditions. International SOS also provides immediate logistical assistance in the case of an unforeseen development affecting international travelers and expatriates’ health or safety. An emergency service is also available to inform BIC of any serious event that could be of concern to its employees. In 2020, as part of BIC’s health procedures, any employees have been instructed to check their travel conditions through the International SOS platform prior to their departure abroad. In addition, since 2018 BIC Middle East has been using Travel Tracker, a tool offered by International SOS, to pinpoint each traveler’s location without compromising any private information. These initiatives were created as part of a proactive risk reduction strategy whose bywords are safety and assistance.
Policies, action taken, results
BIC Group’s Environment, Health & Safety Policy [NFPS] BIC adopts a Health & Safety program that allows it to guarantee a working environment that protects its team members’ physical integrity. In keeping with its Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Policy, BIC strives to prevent or at least reduce health and safety risks for its team members, subcontractors and people who live or work near its production sites. The Group deploys safety management systems at its production sites. Each site has an EH&S manager in charge of the deployment of the EH&S Policy and follow-up of programs for reducing the team members’ health and safety risks, under the responsibility of the Industrial Directors. Within the Global Supply Chain business unit, the Group’s health-safety program is based on a number of tools that evolve to keep pace with the organization’s needs: the “e-EHS Suite” platform , which monitors and manages ● workers’ accidents (evaluating risks, recording and documenting accidents, defining corrective action plans), allowing each entity in the organization to define an effective action plan; safety reporting extended to all BIC sites (factories and ● headquarters); an Environment, Health & Safety reference system , also ● called the EH&S maturity reference system; safety watches (behavioral observation visits) are conducted ● in factories. Carried out with the team members, these visits consist of questioning unexpected behavior in a spirit of ongoing improvement and dialogue;
and perspectives [NFPS] Writing the Future, Together – #3 Committing to a safe work environment [NFPS] Safety in the workplace is a fundamental priority for BIC. The “Writing the Future, Together” program materializes this commitment by targeting zero accidents at all BIC sites by 2025. The Group deploys all useful means: health and safety management, ongoing improvement of working environments and the organization of working hours, and actions to raise team members’ awareness of safety issues. Inspired by the “Vision Zero” approach developed by the International Social Security Association (1) , the Group is developing a program that integrates the dimensions of safety, health, and well-being at work, at every level, with the goal of achieving zero sick leave days due to on-site accidents for everyone who works for BIC. It is based on the ISSA’s Seven Golden Rules: take leadership – demonstrate commitment; identify hazards – control risks; define targets – develop programs; ensure a safe and healthy system – be well-organized; ensure safety and health in machines, equipment and workplaces; improve qualifications – develop competence; invest in people – motivate by participation. This “zero accidents” goal implies an intensification of the Group’s safety culture and policies in all of its operations, and includes the implementation of specific local actions.
The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is an international organization uniting social security administrations and institutions around (1) the world.
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