Sika sets defined standards for risk provisions that are binding for its production and logistics operations. These standards form part of the Group-wide “Sika Corporate Management System” and determine, for example, processes and guidelines in the areas of purchasing, quality, environment, health, and safety. Together with the statutory regulations, they are also documented in the management systems of local Sika companies. Additionally, Sika production companies are certified to DIN EN ISO 14001 (environmental protection) and 9001 (quality), and many also to OHSAS 18001 (safety and health). A growing number of larger facilities are also certified to ISO 50001 (energy management). The current certification status of individual Group companies is shown on page 114 et sqq. of the download version of this report.

Audits and inspections are core elements of the comprehensive management system. They provide management at Group, regional and local company level with a regular, independent assessment of compliance with official requirements as well as with Sika’s internal risk management guidelines and principles. The audits and inspections ensure the effectiveness of processes and related controls. Quality, environment, safety and risk factors, technology, legal matters, IT security, suppliers, and products are all subject to audit. Group-wide, Sika conducted over 150 audits in 2015.

Supplier audits will in future also be organized and carried out by purchasing departments in order to significantly increase the number of reviews. Purchasing teams underwent training in audit methods for this purpose in 2015.

Sika also regularly audits production and logistics at local companies. This includes recording any risks that may result in production downtime, personal injury, property damage, or liability claims. The probability and significance of these risks are assessed, and measures are subsequently defined and implemented to minimize the risk potential at the site and enhance safety. Sika is also insured against production losses.

Over recent years, Sika has succeeded in reducing the number of accidents. However, there is still room for improvement, and for this reason the company is focusing more closely on accident prevention. In the year under review, Sika implemented web-based emergency notification and crisis management service solutions globally.