We strive to reduce or eliminate risks of harm to our employees, contractors, and all others affected by our business.
Our global health and safety programme, Safety Around Beverages, sets minimum standards for all businesses. Our group-wide health and safety governance system has standardised reporting across the group, and enables us to target improvements and share best practice.
It is therefore with the deepest regret that we report that 27 employees and contractors lost their lives at work this year (2015: 29). Eight of these fatalities resulted from accidents during on-site maintenance or repairs, 10 from road traffic accidents, and nine were the result of robberies or assaults on employees during sales or trade visits. Our businesses investigated each case and, where applicable, put in place measures to reduce the likelihood of these incidents recurring.
During the year we recorded 8,357 days lost through injury (2015: 13,028) and 142 major injuries (2015: 490). Road traffic accidents accounted for a significant proportion of fatalities, and road safety remains a top priority worldwide.
Our South African business has launched a new campaign, called ACT10N, to reinforce the 10 global safety standards in the Safety Around Beverages programme in simple and engaging ways. The campaign emphasises personal responsibility, while making line managers accountable for giving their teams the knowledge and skills needed to behave safely. Powerful docu-drama films and other communications are capturing employees’ attention and making sure that the safety message resonates.
We aim to create a healthy and positive work environment for all our employees, acknowledging the benefits this provides in terms of productivity. In Africa, our Wellness Development Programme focuses on HIV/AIDS, malaria, sexually-transmitted infections, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis. Our focus is to train employees to educate their peers at work, at home and in their wider communities, by promoting prevention, testing and treatment of these diseases. In countries where HIV/AIDS has a high prevalence (defined as greater than 5% of the population), we provided free voluntary counselling and testing for 56% of employees in the last year. In addition, we train peer educators - on average one for every 11 employees - who work to reduce the stigma attached to the disease among their colleagues.
Middle-income countries have just half of the world’s vehicles but 80% of its road traffic deaths. With many of our employees on the road in these countries, we aim to minimise this risk.
As challenges vary by country, we have developed driver safety training programmes tailored to specific local risks. In Africa, a new Respect the Road driver safety campaign trained sales and distribution employees over five weeks in such themes as vehicle inspection, pedestrian awareness and driver attitude. It gave practical tips, from how to drive on gravel roads and understanding and managing blind spots to safe long-distance and bad weather driving.
Road safety is not an issue we can solve on our own. In Colombia, El Salvador, Panama and Peru we are driving Por un buen camino (On the right path) alliances, partnering with NGOs, government and other businesses to improve road safety data and knowledge and promote behaviour changes and effective law enforcement. This approach is being rolled-out across the region.