Safety

Our number one priority

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Safety is ultimately about protecting people. Our goal is to be a company with zero incidents and injuries.

 

Making sure everyone at Bunge works safely on every shift, every day, is our first priority. We stand for safety by following four principles.

  • Always putting safety ahead of profit and production
  • Staying alert to High Potential Exposures (HPEs)
  • Taking three simple steps – STOP.THINK.PROTECT. – to control HPEs and prevent incidents
  • Stopping work and speaking up whenever conditions or behaviors become unsafe

 

Safety Culture Study

In 2017, Bunge completed its first internal global safety culture study to target improvement areas.

1,200 randomly selected workers, contractors and leaders were surveyed worldwide, and 250 front-line workers and supervisors participated in focus group sessions at 13 locations across all our regions.

Respondents demonstrated a high level of awareness of risks and hazards and an understanding of Bunge’s four core safety principles. Leadership was seen as strong and contributing to a safer workplace.

The study indicated three primary improvement areas: reinforcement of Bunge’s stop work message, advancement of HPE recognition and control, and continued promotion of safety leadership at all levels.

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Preventing HPE Incidents

We are committed to preventing HPE incidents, which can permanently alter and end lives.

We focus primarily on the following five HPEs that have accounted for the majority of serious incidents at Bunge over time: Work at Height, Hazardous Energy, Mobile Equipment, Confined Spaces and Hoisted Loads.

All our operating units have active safety committees, and we train and equip our workers worldwide to recognize and safely control exposures. We review HPE incidents and near-misses and take corrective actions locally, regionally and globally. Our growing set of global safety standards, including standard work for tasks involving our top five HPEs, ensures best practices are applied company-wide.

Process safety is also an increasing area of focus. We launched our Global Process Safety Management Standard in 2018 and continue to develop standards governing processes across our operations.

Safety is ultimately about protecting people. Our goal is to be a company with zero incidents and injuries.

 

Making sure everyone at Bunge works safely on every shift, every day, is our first priority. We stand for safety by following four principles.

  • Always putting safety ahead of profit and production
  • Staying alert to High Potential Exposures (HPEs)
  • Taking three simple steps – STOP.THINK.PROTECT. – to control HPEs and prevent incidents
  • Stopping work and speaking up whenever conditions or behaviors become unsafe

 

Safety Culture Study

In 2017, Bunge completed its first internal global safety culture study to target improvement areas.

1,200 randomly selected workers, contractors and leaders were surveyed worldwide, and 250 front-line workers and supervisors participated in focus group sessions at 13 locations across all our regions.

Respondents demonstrated a high level of awareness of risks and hazards and an understanding of Bunge’s four core safety principles. Leadership was seen as strong and contributing to a safer workplace.

The study indicated three primary improvement areas: reinforcement of Bunge’s stop work message, advancement of HPE recognition and control, and continued promotion of safety leadership at all levels.

Preventing HPE Incidents

We are committed to preventing HPE incidents, which can permanently alter and end lives.

We focus primarily on the following five HPEs that have accounted for the majority of serious incidents at Bunge over time: Work at Height, Hazardous Energy, Mobile Equipment, Confined Spaces and Hoisted Loads.

All our operating units have active safety committees, and we train and equip our workers worldwide to recognize and safely control exposures. We review HPE incidents and near-misses and take corrective actions locally, regionally and globally. Our growing set of global safety standards, including standard work for tasks involving our top five HPEs, ensures best practices are applied company-wide.

Process safety is also an increasing area of focus. We launched our Global Process Safety Management Standard in 2018 and continue to develop standards governing processes across our operations.

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GLOBAL SAFETY FREQUENCY INDEX — 2017 

(per 200,000 hours worked)

Lost Time Due to Accidents       0.16
Restricted Time        0.20
Lost-Time and Restricted Injury Rates 0.36
Total Recordable Injury Rate    1.06

Results reflect Bunge, joint venture and Bunge-supervised contractors.

GRI 403-1, GRI 403-2

Leadership Focus

Our leaders set the tone for our safety culture every day. We expect every Bunge leader, from foreman to CEO, to demonstrate active and visible safety leadership.

We maintain a high level of awareness, readiness and preparation at our facilities. Our plant supervisors conduct pre-shift safety meetings and toolbox talks, and our facility leaders hold regular safety meetings and discussions, including HPE scenario-planning based on actual incidents.

Starting in 2018, we are instituting at our facilities worldwide daily “No Fly Zones," times dedicated exclusively to on-site safety management, so our facility leaders can spend more time seeking out HPEs and coaching front-line workers.

We provide training on safety leadership and coaching and share best practices, including tips and ideas from standout Bunge safety leaders, to give our supervisors, managers and executives the knowledge, tools and confidence to be strong and effective safety leaders.

Communications

“Stand for Safety” represents the beliefs, values and norms that define Bunge’s zero-incident culture.

Our Stand for Safety brand, icons representing HPEs and STOP.THINK.PROTECT., and common colors, graphics and fonts provide a visual language that helps our messages stand out and break through.  

Campaign communications promote HPE awareness and recognition, leadership and stop work actions in more than 20 languages.

Our Stand for Safety program hub provides a toolbox talk library, training modules, videos, a communications toolkit and other safety content, including stories spotlighting workers for stopping work to prevent incidents.

Our annual global and regional safety awards recognize our top-performing facilities and individuals that stand for safety by stopping work to address a safety issue.  

Leadership Focus

Our leaders set the tone for our safety culture every day. We expect every Bunge leader, from foreman to CEO, to demonstrate active and visible safety leadership.

We maintain a high level of awareness, readiness and preparation at our facilities. Our plant supervisors conduct pre-shift safety meetings and toolbox talks, and our facility leaders hold regular safety meetings and discussions, including HPE scenario-planning based on actual incidents.

Starting in 2018, we are instituting at our facilities worldwide daily “No Fly Zones," times dedicated exclusively to on-site safety management, so our facility leaders can spend more time seeking out HPEs and coaching front-line workers.

We provide training on safety leadership and coaching and share best practices, including tips and ideas from standout Bunge safety leaders, to give our supervisors, managers and executives the knowledge, tools and confidence to be strong and effective safety leaders.

Communications

“Stand for Safety” represents the beliefs, values and norms that define Bunge’s zero-incident culture.

Our Stand for Safety brand, icons representing HPEs and STOP.THINK.PROTECT., and common colors, graphics and fonts provide a visual language that helps our messages stand out and break through.  

Campaign communications promote HPE awareness and recognition, leadership and stop work actions in more than 20 languages.

Our Stand for Safety program hub provides a toolbox talk library, training modules, videos, a communications toolkit and other safety content, including stories spotlighting workers for stopping work to prevent incidents.

Our annual global and regional safety awards recognize our top-performing facilities and individuals that stand for safety by stopping work to address a safety issue.