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No shortcuts on world day for safety and health at work

, By: Heleen Vanhoudt, CSR & External Communications Officer Europe
No shortcuts on world day for safety and health at work

Here at AB InBev, safety is at the heart of our culture.

It ranks before results and targets – before anything else. Nothing should compromise the safety of our colleagues, consumers and stakeholders.

Our Dream of zero accidents has not yet been achieved, but we are getting closer. And today, World Day for Safety and Health at Work, is the perfect time to assess progress across our operations and highlight our safety priorities for the future.

“It’s our responsibility to ensure a culture in which safe behaviors are observed, and where people don't cut corners – even with the best intentions.” Carlos Brito, AB InBev CEO

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is organised by the UN-backed International Labour Organization. It focuses on ensuring the safest possible working environments around the globe.

We have already made great progress in terms of safety, with 4,000 fewer days lost to injury in 2016 compared with 20131. Meanwhile, the number of injuries requiring time off work fell by 37% between 2015 and 20162.

Improving road safety is a particular priority.

Twenty-five percent of global crashes are work-related and, with this in mind, we’re again proud to be part of the global Together for Safer Roads (TSR) campaign. TSR is a coalition of private sector companies, including AT&T, Facebook, PepsiCo and Walmart. It has one aim – to share knowledge, data, technology and networks to help reduce road collisions around the world.

However, more can always be done and this year we are upping our commitment to safety on the roads by encouraging all our 200,000 colleagues to sign a group-wide pledge.

This pledge includes:

  • Always wear your seat belt – and make sure any passengers do, too
  • Respect the speed limits
  • Do not text or use other electronic devices while driving
  • Reduce your speed
  • Do not drink and drive
  • Be a responsible road user at all times – whether walking, cycling or driving.

A number of technologies are also being introduced across our sites to help drivers prepare, navigate and monitor road safety indicators.

We are committed to training our colleagues to do the right thing – the safe thing – at all times, for themselves and for others.

Whether delivering our products, operating machinery, driving for work in any vehicle, or commuting, safety must always come first at AB InBev.

Please click here for more information on the TSR Road Safety pledge, or click here to read the TSR Technology Report.

 

 

1. AB InBev supply employees – AB InBev Better World Report 2016
2. Own and Contractor for all operations – supply, distribution, sales and support
3. Together for Safer Roads – World Health Organization (2015). Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015.

Heleen Vanhoudt

Heleen Vanhoudt

CSR & External Communications Officer Europe

As CSR officer at AB InBev, I have the opportunity to combine my passion for corporate communication and my love for beer. I am convinced that an open dialogue between a company and its stakeholders is key for building sustainable relationships. As beer is the original social network, it brings people together. Through this blog, I also hope to bring people together and share our stories about our contribution to build a better world.