Environment, Health and Safety
We offer a safe workplace and suitable environment for all employees, in which health and safety is a common principle. We aim to maintain and improve the physical and mental health of our employees and managers and make Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) an integral part of our management. Therefore our EH&S strategy needs to become a central component across all our operations.
Our EH&S strategy for 2030
We ensure the long-term health and safety of our employees and third parties, by preserving the natural environment, using resources efficiently and protecting the climate. Our strategy sets a clear direction for our goals until 2030 and works out recent challenges and potential areas for improvement. Considering our capabilities and what has the biggest impact on our company, our strategy highlights two main targets as a core focus for the future: The awareness-raising for safety topics and the health and well-being of our employees. The measurability of our strategy is key to our EH&S vision to ensure a consistent implementation and compliance.
Our main focus is on three objectives of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. By 2030, we aim at having made progress in occupational health and safety (3), the dissemination of decent work (8) and climate action (13).
Impact on the environment
We ensure that the impact on the environment is reduced as much as reasonably possible by establishing appropriate processes for handling hazardous chemicals and reducing waste.
We ensure that our employees are physically and mentally prepared for their job through ergonomically designed workplaces and health-promoting offers as well as medical examinations.
Safe working environment
We ensure a safe and healthy working environment for our employees through a preventive risk management, highest technical standards and continuous adaptation to the state of art
Focus on people
We encourage all people who are involved in BayWa's business activities to understand the requirements and effects of their work and to act appropriately. Effective protection of the environment, health and safety can only be implemented if everyone is aware of and accepts their responsibilities. In this way, we act fairly and responsibly towards customers, society and the environment.
The human being at the center is protected by a balanced multi-level system of protective measures based on the hierarchy of measures of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
We plan, develop and distribute our products and services in a way that protects the environment and human health and conserves natural resources. The highest technical standards and continuous adaptation to the state of the art are BayWa's top priorities. We create a safe working environment by continuously reviewing and, if possible, substituting chemicals that are hazardous to the environment.
We design our work processes in a way that ensures our employees' performance, health, motivation and satisfaction. We regularly review our high-performance standards to ensure that we comply with all industry regulations. All risks and hazards are assessed, investigated, and best practices are followed. Management drives an ongoing program of continuous improvement measured by KPIs for all elements of EH&S.
We provide appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious injuries and illnesses in the workplace. To ensure that workers can use the PPE without risk to their health, our company doctor regularly checks the physical condition of users for this purpose.
We support our employees in behaving in an environmentally, health and safety conscious manner by systematically training, informing and motivating them in our in-house EH&S Academy. Our employees are the experts for their respective work and know the hazards in their daily work best themselves. We therefore actively involve them in identifying and minimizing health, safety and environmental risks and proactively encourage them to contribute ideas and suggestions for improvement.
Consciousness and awareness for EH&S topicsWe are committed to raising awareness for the topic of EH&S across all levels of our staff. We focus on our employees by involving them in identifiying and minimizing risks and encouraging them to get involved and suggest ideas for improvement.
The overall goal is to set a high standard of EH&S education within our company by introducing various management trainings. The aim is to offer implementation guidelines for our policies and encourage their application in practice. Additionally, we aim to raise the awareness of our managers for our policy and the existing high standards of our company and make them aware of current EH&S issues.
Our EH&S strategy guarantees the full implementation of BayWa´s EH&S policy including employee education. Directors and managers are responsible to ensure all requirements are met by their employees. In order to promote employee health and develop a supporting work environment, it is the obligation of our managers to take responsibility for all safety and health guidelines, policies and the EH&S strategy. After the implementation phase we aim to continuously increase the number of participating managers for our EH&S management training.
Health and well-beingOur strategy focuses on mental health maintenance and prevention programs and the continuation of high standard programs regarding the mental health of our employees. The programs address the set-up of mentally healthy workplaces and ways to effectively support people at work.
To maintain and improve mental health, we aim to prevent mental health risks across employees. Our goal is to raise awareness among directors and managers regarding mental health risks of their employees and preventional measures to assure an early detection of potential mental illnesses. To achieve this goal, we are working to improve the quality and consciousness for ist importance for our manager training in line with our mental health strategy and therby increase the number of recieved training certificates across our management. Our EH&S strategy involves the equipment of all our managers with information on how they can manage their staff and teams effectively and support them appropriately even in moments of crisis to allow our staff to perform to their full potential without affecting their mental health.
The involvement of employees in seminars is part of our strategy. Health-promoting measures for our employees must be offered on the topics of mindfulness, burnout prevention, nutrition, sport and ergonomics. To increase the number of employees using our health-promoting measures, we aim for improving their accessibility and actively encourage their use.
Occupational Environmental ProtectionWe are aware of our ecological responsibility. The planning, initiation, and implementation of environmentally protective measures are a matter of course for us, especially as they contribute to sustainable corporate development and are essential for long-term business success. The various activities in this regard take place in the areas of disposal (waste management), storage (hazardous substance management), as well as in transportation (hazardous goods management).
Based on applicable regulations, customer requirements, and internal policies, we actively work towards preventing harmful environmental impacts. We allocate appropriate resources for this purpose and promote both the expertise and environmental awareness of our employees. Through continuous training and development, we motivate them to act responsibly and provide them with the necessary skills to implement required measures. The promotion of environmental awareness and environmental expertise is conveyed through the BayWa EH&S Academy, among other channels. We take the necessary measures to avoid harmful environmental impacts and use resources such as energy, water, etc., judiciously. Regular random inspections are carried out at company locations to monitor implementation and identify (further) optimization potentials. In our product range, we offer a variety of environmentally friendly products that we also use ourselves. We maintain an open dialogue with customers, authorities, and the public.
Waste and Disposal Management
We commit ourselves to sustainable waste management and follow these steps:
- Avoidance of waste
- Reduction of waste
- Recycling of waste
- Disposal of waste in accordance with regulations and environmentally friendly practices
We ensure compliance with regulations for separation, intermediate storage, labeling, delivery, transport, and utilization (if applicable, also considering hazardous substance, water, and hazardous goods regulations). In the context of disposal, we collaborate with qualified service providers through various framework agreements. To ensure activities are carried out, the company has appointed its own waste officer.
Hazardous Goods Management
BayWa AG is involved in the transport of hazardous goods in various capacities. The Hazardous Goods Department ensures compliance with diverse legal regulations in hazardous goods processes and organization. We serve as a contact for hazardous goods transport in road, inland, sea, rail, and air transport. We conduct training, instructions, and monitoring. Additionally, we support divisions and business areas in establishing and maintaining hazardous goods organization and accompany the optimization of processes and procedures. We consider ourselves a comprehensive service provider in the company and a contact for authorities when it comes to "preventing-securing-protecting-minimizing" hazards in hazardous goods transport.
Due to numerous handling operations, damage to containers cannot be ruled out, leading to the unintentional release of hazardous substances and goods. To respond purposefully to an unintentional product release, structures and procedural workflows are established to minimize risks and impacts. This ensures coordinated and effective action in emergencies without endangering those present due to the released hazardous substances and goods.
Safety Data Sheets
The safety data sheet for a hazardous product is intended to enable professional users to take necessary measures for health protection, workplace safety, and environmental protection. We keep the current safety data sheets from manufacturers and suppliers for all chemicals used, stored, transported, or disposed of in the workplace. The data sheets are accessible to employees in emergencies or operational disruptions. For hazardous substances and mixtures placed on the market, safety data sheets are passed along the supply chain.