Don’t just look at your immediate fleet
The current EMEA policy of Johnson & Johnson has annual target reductions of CO2, and also a maximum CO2 cap included. The next generation policy will be more defining, where by each vehicle segment across OEMs will have a cap. programs and processes ‘on the map’ across the Nestlé Group. A global road safety committee and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) has been created to support the programme, with the committee chaired by Head of Group Risk Services. The Safety, Health and Environment group also sit on the committee and have played a big part in putting together a global fleet safety tool kit. The toolkit includes: fleet safety policy and pledge; 10 Point Safe Driving Program Checklist; driver handbook; culture pack implementation plan for VRM; safe vehicle selection policy; Nestlé case studies; and contractor standard and audit for truck and bus service providers. An integrated approach The Nestlé Occupational Safety and Health Standard includes a section on Driving Safety, which has helped to ensure that fleet operations have become part of the firm’s health and safety DNA. Over time collaboration between business units and Group’s has broken down, and with this silo based thinking has been eroded. At a local level, standards developed for Nestlé transport and logistics contractors and other vendors are audited after being risk assessed,
and individual country stakeholders are encouraged to focus attention on fleet safety and risk management using the toolkit. Driving for a better business The best planning and preparation is at risk of going out of the window when the driver opens the car door. The driver is the lynchpin in a safe fleet. Drivers are required to complete an online Privacy Notice, and a Safe Driving Pledge that includes a commitment to doing the right things. There is also a Risk Foundation policy awareness module to complete that demonstrates drivers understand the policy, and a Policy Acknowledgement Notice to confirm their compliance. The VRM programme also includes an online ‘RiskCOACH’ module which focuses on key risks such as driver attitude, speed, driver distraction and driving in bad weather. Drivers at Nestlé are amongst the first in the world to use the online modules, with the VRM automatically identifying the risks impacting the Nestlé Group and suggesting which behavioural elements it wishes to reinforce. ■
Tim Harrup & Jonathan Green
REFERENCES * http://www.who.int/gho/road_safety/mortality/en/ Last accessed 17. December 2013 ** http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/specialist/statistics/ Last accessed 17. December 2013
Andrzej Sacha believes that fleet safety culture should not be simply restricted to a company’s own drivers. When we him asked how he would be moving forward with safety in Nestlé Group, he had this to say: “The main steps the Nestlé Group will be taking to improve safety will be further engagement with major markets in Africa, Asia and LATAM on a number of levels. We will be ensuring that Car Policies have the necessary safety components with regard to minimum vehicle configuration, continuous driver training and in some cases the utilisation of telematics to assist safe driver behaviour. In addition to this we will be working on the safety culture of the drivers, and also that of our distributors on these markets. In a number of countries in Africa, we are already working with organisations including the United Nations to improve road safety and reduce road fatalities. Nestlé has signed up to the UN ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020’ as an important part of our approach to fleet safety”.
Tip “Drivers are our most important asset. External parties are equally important too as they are our customers. So, my one tip for fleet managers looking at fleet safety is not to just think about your own fleet. Include contractors and other stakeholders in your approach”.
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Published on Jan 24, 2014