Safety, Health and Environmental Management
Group Five’s updated safety, health and environment (SHE) policy clearly states that the group aspires to zero harm in terms of people, host communities and the environment. Although the group operates in countries with differing governance standards, we enforce a standard approach to SHE and will not compromise our standards of conduct when operating in countries with lower requirements.
The group’s disabling frequency rates and number of working days lost have shown a decreasing trend for a number of years.
The group drives a Stop for Safety programme at every level within all its operations. The programme has contributed to a notable annual decrease in the disabling injury frequency rate. However, the few fatalities which have occurred are still a great concern. The group considers any fatalities of employees as unacceptable and will strive to eliminate all fatalities to meet our objective of zero harm.
The group has implemented a number of wellness programmes, including pre-employment medicals, risk or occupation-based routine medicals, wellness days, voluntary counselling, case management and exit medicals.
The group does voluntary counselling and testing every two years. Currently, 18% of the group’s employees are HIV positive or living with Aids.
Malaria is another of the main employee wellness challenges faced by the group. The group therefore runs regular educational and preventative programmes.
The group’s environmental focus is centred on:
- Continuously identifying and assessing occupational and environmental hazards with a view to implementing measures to mitigate or control
- Establishing ongoing communication and training programmes to increase individual awareness levels of environmental issues, responsibilities and accountabilities
- Promoting responsible actions to exercise care in conserving the natural environment
The group has created a “green committee”, consisting of representatives from each business unit. The focus areas of the committee include:
- Implementation of the group’s integrated environmental strategy
- Raising awareness through the group
- Implementing energy-saving and conservation programmes
The group’s three main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions are electricity, diesel consumption and employee travel. The group has focused programmes in place to minimise its carbon footprint.