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Creating a safe place to work

Ten Priorities. One Future.

First and foremost, we aim to ensure that our employees, contractors and visitors to our breweries, bottling plants and offices are safe. Systems to minimise risks include regular audits and the robust monitoring and reporting of incidents.

It is with regret that we report 14 employee and contractor fatalities this year. Two of these related to accidents while undertaking maintenance or repair activities, nine related to accidents involving vehicles and three related to robberies or assaults on our staff while on sales or trade visits. In each case we have undertaken an investigation and, where applicable, have implemented measures to minimise the likelihood of such an incident recurring.

During the year, we recorded 15,695 days lost through injury – a 12% decrease on 2012. However, we also recorded 1,788 industrial injuries, which represents a slight increase on last year (2012: 1,713).

This year we've undertaken a detailed review of our global health and safety practices, the results of which have been shared with the group CARAC. A working group is now looking at strengthening our health and safety management and reporting structures across all of our operational functions. This review has a high priority within the business and we aim to implement any changes in the coming financial year.

Encouraging the wellbeing of employees

We know that absent or unmotivated employees can damage productivity. We want to create a healthy and positive work environment. Employers are well positioned to help improve the health of their workforces and reduce the likelihood of certain non-communicable diseases (NCDs). We support the World Economic Forum's alliance on workplace wellness and share information about our programmes with other members – one example being our Employee Alcohol Policy.

Following successful pilots in Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania, we're rolling out our new Wellness Development Programme which focuses on HIV/Aids, malaria, sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis. Under the programme, we train employees to become peer educators engaging with their colleagues and the surrounding community to promote prevention, testing and treatment.

As we tackle HIV/Aids in countries of high prevalence (defined as greater than 5% of the population), this approach has proved effective in reducing the associated stigma and increasing voluntary testing and counselling rates for employees and their dependants. On 31 March 2013 we had 1,733 HIV/Aids peer educators – one for every 12 employees – in high prevalence countries. In countries with prevalence greater than 1%, we provide access to voluntary counselling and testing and managed healthcare programmes for our employees and their immediate dependants if they need it.

Sustainable Development Report

Our 2013 Sustainable Development Summary Report, covering progress on our 10 priorities.

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Front cover of Sustainable Development Report 2013