HSE policy and constant improvement of the system for managing health, safety and the environment at Group level are an integral part of Prysmian's values.
In this context, the corporate HSE function coordinates and checks all systems, activities and programmes designed to guarantee the health, safety and well-being of employees, as well as respect for the environment. This function also assists senior management in the analysis and assessment of the HSE Management System, and in the definition of HSE objectives for improvements at Group level. In addition, the HSE function helps local organisations to implement their programmes of improvement and investment, having regard for the specific nature of each manufacturing sector and geographical area.
The Environmental and Safety Committee (ESC) met at the start of 2013. Based on the environmental matters deemed important, the ESC established the HSE objectives at Group level for the period 2013-2014. These objectives were agreed with the other functions and by the Board of Directors. In certain cases, ESC established specific targets that were agreed with all the country and operating unit managers concerned, so that the related action programmes could be prepared. The progress made by these programmes was checked by the HSE function during the year.
The activities and results achieved in 2013 are summarised below.
- Participation in various working parties and trade association committees, such as: Europacable’s ECOE committee, Orgalime’s “Substances Task Force”, the Environmental Committee of ANIE and the environmental working party of AICE, and the Maintenance Team for rewriting as a standard the IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission’s TR 62125 regarding the environmental declaration for power cables;
- Collection of the information and data required for bids, or by investors or customers, in order to assess Prysmian’s performance in the area of HSE management or, more generally, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR);
- Participation, for the section relating to environmental and safety matters, in RobecoSAM’s assessment for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, in which Prysmian achieved a marked improvement with respect to the points obtained in the prior year. The Group’s HSE function has already planned and commenced additional procedures to ensure even more complete reporting, in order to highlight in greater detail the link between the environmental improvements achieved and the economic effects generated;
- Promotion of a number of HSE training initiatives including, in particular, the “Safety Leadership” initiative designed to increase and spread the culture of safety, starting with management, and contribute to a gradual change in behaviours via, above all, the setting of examples;
- The activities of the HSE training school, with a number of distance training sessions (using webex) on environmental and health and safety matters. These were delivered primarily to the HSE managers of affiliates/operating units and, in some cases, to personnel from other functions including, for example, the training of “Procurement” function managers about their obligations under the European REACH regulation concerning the materials purchased and the suppliers concerned;
- Organisation of training meetings and, in particular, a meeting on the subject of “Safety aspects in the conduct of electrical tests”, which was attended by 45 employees from various countries and business functions.