As a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, doing business in more than 170 countries, Diversey receives, makes, manages, warehouses, and distributes an enormous amount of stuff, from raw materials to finished products. The sheer volume of things the company’s Supply Chain professionals handle every day might lead the casual observer to conclude that at least a few work-related injuries would be inevitable. And without extreme diligence, that would surely be the case.
So it is nothing short of amazing that during the six-month period from August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019, Diversey’s global Supply Chain team, comprising hundreds of dedicated employees worldwide, sustained no recordable injuries. Not even one. This clearly is not the sort of accomplishment you chalk up to good luck.
To be sure, Diversey takes great pride in actions it takes throughout the year to insure employee safety. Reaching this six-month milestone is a validation of that commitment, reflecting a culture of safety that Diversey’s Supply Chain teams have developed and nurtured over many years. Important aspects of that culture include near-miss reporting, behavior observations, ongoing training, and incorporation of safety into everyday work practices.
Supply Chain Progress
Operational excellence across Diversey’s facilities goes beyond quality, efficiency, and productivity. Our approach also includes a strong focus on finding ways to continually improve the sustainability performance in our buildings. Diversey’s Facilitators for Life goals call for 10% reductions in energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste; and a 5% reduction in water by 2025. These goals are normalized by product volume and will use 2018 as the new baseline.
In addition to establishing our new baseline, we created a task force in Supply Chain to identify best practices and integrate them across our global manufacturing footprint. Audits were completed in Diversey facilities across the globe to find novel solutions and pinpoint areas in need of improvement. As those opportunities are implemented, we expect our 2018 baseline to begin to trend towards our 2025 goals.