Disclosure 103-1: Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary
The 25,141 Sika employees and the leased labor worldwide are the crucial element in Sika’s success. Providing a healthy and safe work environment is a key commitment of Sika. As a specialty chemicals company with relatively labor-intensive production, small operations and large material throughputs, the production processes of Sika involve health and safety risks for its employees.
With 9.55 accidents (previous year: 10.4) per 1,000 employees, the number of occupational accidents (lost working days >1) was 8.2% down on 2018. In 2019, injuries caused absences lasting an average of around 21.5 days (previous year: 18.4). There was one fatality on the premises of an acquired Sika company. The increase in the total number of lost days due to injuries can be mainly explained by the figures from acquisitions.
Occupational health and safety is also considered as a material issue for Sika’s suppliers, as their employees are in many cases exposed to occupational health and safety risks.
Disclosure 103-2: The management approach and its components
Sika’s management approach for occupational health and safety sets out to avoid negative impacts through the following processes:
Sika strives to provide employees with the protection necessary to ensure that they leave the workplace in the same state of health as when they arrived..
GOALS AND TARGETS
The revision and further development of the 2014–2018 Sustainability Strategy was the priority in 2019. The target area “Occupational Safety” now includes new accident reduction targets.
Labor practices and safe working conditions for Sika’s operations are the responsibility of regional management, which reports to the CEO. At local level, the general manager, the operations manager, and the line organization are responsible for helping Sika’s occupational health and safety targets to be met, and for setting and achieving local targets accordingly.
- Guideline: Sika Site Safety System, in Corporate Management System
- Supplier Code of Conduct
- OHSAS Certification: 47 legal entities, including their headquarters, are certified to OHSAS 18001/45001. In some countries, several locations of the same legal entity are certified to OHSAS 18001/45001, the total number of locations being 108.
- Sika has devised the Sika Site Safety Program to reduce accident rates and promote prevention. This is a program for local companies, defining the preventive elements which a Sika company must put in place. The local companies are in the process of implementing this program, and the audit scheme will verify the degree of implementation in the coming years.
- Supplier audits: Occupational health and safety is covered by Sika’s Supplier Code of Conduct. Suppliers are audited for compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct, which includes Environment, Health and Safety requirements, and corrective actions prescribed where necessary.
Disclosure 103-3: Evaluation of the management approach
Sika evaluates its management approach through:
- Monitoring: Sika monitors its occupational health and safety performance on a regular basis. Internal reports are sent quarterly to the Sustainability and Operations Technology team, where results are followed up and management approaches adapted accordingly.
Furthermore, Sika monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of its management approach according to target achievement.