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Safety at Work

Everyone at Firmenich has a role to play in fulfilling our vision of Health and Safety Excellence. We strive to maintain the highest standards of sustainable health, safety and environmental care.

Our employees and contractors health and safety are of utmost importance to Firmenich. We are committed to achieving and maintaining world-class safety performance in our operations.

We are proud of our track record in safety. In FY18, we saw our Lost Time Cases (LTC) rate fall by 22% while our Total Recordable Cases (TRC) rate remained unchanged. When measured against our rolling five-year FY13 baseline, our TRC and LTC rates fell by 51% and 50%.


In FY18, we widened the scope of our Safety Roadmap to include security, to be overseen by a new Global Security Director. We also developed security codes and standards, improved traveler safety and security and overhauled our approach to crisis management. We are now exploring how we will integrate security technology into the design of new buildings and significant expansion projects, while at the same time aligning to EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


A team of specialists regularly audit our manufacturing sites for safety, quality and security. Audits involve a review of management systems against our mandatory principles and operational codes. Any corrective action plans are tracked by Firmenich at a regional and global level, with findings shared internally to continually raise the bar on site safety.


Our Occupational Health network includes health experts from within and outside our business, including doctors, toxicologists, industrial hygienists and regulatory affairs, as well as health, safety and environment specialists. The network coordinates global projects to improve how we assess and control well-being risks. It meets every quarter and now has its own website to share best practices and supporting materials.

More information on the projects conducted in 2018 to improve Health and Safety (H&S) are available in our Performance and Sustainability Report 2018.

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