Employee safety is Bunge’s number one priority, above profit and production. We also work to protect labor and human rights within our global workforce and throughout our value chain.
At Bunge, safety and family go hand-in-hand. Through Family Safety Days at our offices and facilities, workers’ families can see their loved ones’ work environment, learn good safety habits and understand Bunge’s priority for safety. On Community Safety Days, Bunge workers connect with children and families in their local communities to share lessons about safety.
Employee SafetyStand for Safety
At Bunge, we are committed to ensuring that every one of our more than 33,000 workers does his or her job without incident or injury and returns home safely at the end of each workday. Rooted in our care and concern for workers and their families, our priority for safety permeates every level of our organization and extends beyond the boundaries of our workplace.
“Stand for Safety” forms a set of beliefs, values and norms that everyone at Bunge, from senior leaders to frontline workers, must embrace and embody. It means always putting safety ahead of profit and production, applying our simple three-step framework of “STOP, THINK, PROTECT” to eliminate or control exposure to risk, and stopping any work activity if conditions become unsafe.Building a Zero-Incident Culture and Tackling High–Potential Exposures
Our goal is to have a zero-incident culture where all incidents and injuries are prevented. An important milestone in achieving that goal is preventing serious incidents and eliminating all fatal and life-altering injuries.
Our focus is on instilling the principles and behaviors that support a zero-incident culture and helping our workers worldwide recognize and safely manage five High–Potential Exposures, or HPEs, that have resulted in the majority of serious safety incidents at Bunge in recent years: Work at Height, Hazardous Energy, Mobile Equipment, Confined Spaces and Hoisted Loads. At the heart of these efforts is our Stand for Safety program website, which features information and materials in more than 20 languages.
Supervisors and managers at every level play a critical role in our safety culture, and we are equipping them with the knowledge, tools and confidence to be strong and effective safety leaders.
Executives, managers and supervisors in every part of the business are required to complete learning modules on fundamental aspects of safety management, including leadership and coaching. We have safety committees in all operational facilities. Level of participation from front line works varies but leaders are in the committee to make certain that all needs are fully considered. Frontline supervisors are required to deliver pre-shift safety talks to workers, called “Toolbox Talks,” drawing from a dedicated online library of more than 50 HPE-focused talks. More HPE toolbox talks are being added, and an upcoming toolbox talk–creator app will enable supervisors to develop their own talks based on Bunge’s safety principles.
“At Bunge, our priority for safety is rooted in our genuine and heartfelt care and concern for the well-being of our workers and their families.” —Mike Snow, Director, Global Safety
Safety at Bunge comprises numerous ongoing activities, all with a focus on continuous improvement. We review incidents and near-misses on a continuous basis and develop corrective actions that entail improvements in facilities, procedures and processes as well as investments in equipment and technology. We are developing global safety standards to ensure the consistent application of best-in-class approaches in such areas as process safety; welding and hot work; driving; and construction. We benchmark our performance against that of other industrial companies and share information and best practices with peers. Efforts such as near-miss reporting, peer-to-peer observations and safety committees help drive improvements at our facilities worldwide.
Bunge recognizes safety excellence through an annual awards program. Best Facility Awards are presented to top-performing facility teams, and Best Stop Work Awards recognize individuals who stop work to protect themselves and/or coworkers from incident or injury.
GLOBAL SAFETY FREQUENCY INDEX — 2015
(per 200,000 hours worked)
|Lost Time Due to Accidents||0.17|
|Lost–Time and Restricted Injury Rates||0.39|
|Total Recordable Injury Rate||1.22|
Labor & Human Rights
The International Labour Organization has identified agriculture as a sector of concern regarding incidences of forced and child labor in its production and supply chains, estimating that 59 percent of global child labor occurs in agriculture. Bunge strictly forbids any use of forced or child labor in its operations and extends this prohibition to its suppliers and subcontractors.
In those regions or sectors where the risks of violation of our policy are higher, we have implemented a variety of policies and procedures to ensure compliance. In Brazil, for example, we cross-refer our commercial systems to government forced-labor databases and block any contracts with listed entities. In 2015, only one new supplier was disqualified for being on the Ministry of Labor’s forced-labor blacklist. Currently, a total of 16 farmers that supplied Bunge in the past are currently blocked. Within our Sugar & Bioenergy divisions in Brazil, we maintain specific policies and practices to ensure safe and healthy working and living conditions, and to guard against human rights issues related to migratory workers.
Bunge is a signatory to the National Commitment to Improve Working Conditions in Sugarcane in Brazil, which represents a coalition of companies, labor organizations and government. This agreement identifies labor best practices that exceed current legal requirements and mandates them for the companies that have signed on. Independent auditors have verified our compliance to the standards established by its commitment.OUR GLOBAL LABOR POLICY
Bunge is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe work environment for its employees. The Company requires that its operations and employees comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in the countries where it is engaged in business.Forced Labor
Bunge will not use forced labor, whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or otherwise.Child Labor
Bunge will hire only employees who meet local minimum-age requirements, and under no circumstances should workers under the age of 14 be employed. If apprentice or similar programs exist, they must be in compliance with all applicable local laws and regulations.
In 2016, Bunge Argentina joined the Company Network Against Child Labor, a public-private cooperation, at the request of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security and the National Commission for the Eradication of Child Labor (CONAETI) of the Argentine Republic.Harassment and Abuse
Bunge will provide a workplace in which employees are treated with dignity and respect, and will not tolerate any form of harassment or abuse.Nondiscrimination
Employment at Bunge will be based on job-related qualifications and skills.Health and Safety
Bunge will maintain a safe and healthy work environment in compliance with all applicable local laws and regulations. Bunge’s employees also will abide by Bunge’s Global Safety policies.Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
Bunge will respect the right of freedom of association and collective bargaining.Wages, Benefits and Work Hours
Bunge will comply with all wage and compensation requirements as defined under applicable local laws and regulations for regular work, overtime, maximum hours and other elements of compensation and employee benefits.
Employees shall, on a regularly scheduled basis, be entitled to at least one day off in every seven-day period, except as required to meet urgent business needs.Supplier Relationships
Bunge’s suppliers shall ensure (1) that their operations, and those of their subcontractors and suppliers, comply with the Bunge Global Labor Policy; and (2) that any housing that they, or their subcontractors or suppliers, may furnish to their employees provides a safe and healthy living environment.