Workers representation in formal joint management-worker health and safety communities
All Symrise AG employees are entitled to a workplace where they do not have to worry about their health and safety. A large number of programs and measures are held globally every year to help ensure safety at work. Because local situations and needs vary, the specific measures to be implemented at the individual sites are guided by on-site systems and working groups.
Health & safety committees can be found at all our sites where we have production facilities. The committees meet regularly and share ideas about safety measures and preventing workplace accidents. The heads of the production facilities are members of these bodies. Minutes from the meetings are regularly distributed to management.
Our subsidiary TESIUM bundles our competence in the areas of technology, safety and the environment. It ensures that the highest environmental standards are fulfilled in all business divisions. All our sites worldwide follow obligatory Corporate Guidelines that contain an approach to the safety of systems, the protection of employees and the environment, which have been coordinated with the Executive Board. Regular training courses in occupational safety are compulsory Group-wide (see also management approach).
In order to improve worldwide performance in the area of occupational health and safety, the concept of a zero-accident culture was introduced in 2017. Upper and midlevel managers are trained in the methods and programs of a zero-accident culture in special workshops. The programs and measures are discussed in monthly meetings. The program is initially designed for a period of two years. Essential components of this program are workshops on zero-accident culture for upper and midlevel managers as well as management safety visits for the first and second management level of the entire organization.