Occupational health and safety are an integral part of our corporate culture. We strive to continuously improve occupational health and safety measures to ensure a safe work environment for our employees worldwide.
Long-term goal: Zero accidents
As early as the year 2000, we underlined the high priority of occupational health and safety throughout the Company by setting a target of zero accidents. This long-term objective remains unchanged.
Through training and support measures, we were able to reduce the number of occupational accidents by 86 percent between 1998 and 2007. Building on the achieved improvements and taking 2007 as the base year, we have set ourselves a new interim target: to reduce occupational accidents by a further 20 percent by 2012 (see Our Objectives).
To facilitate the achievement of our ultimate target, we intend to integrate newly acquired companies more rapidly into our corporate structure and to further expand training and support measures relating to occupational health and safety. The early identification of risks and the prevention of accidents play a key role here. Site-specific circumstances are taken into consideration through regional and local initiatives and actions. This strategy proves to be successful: In 2009, 80 percent of our production sites worldwide operated accident-free.