Occupational safety principles

This page describes the purpose and guidelines of the Kesko Group’s occupational safety principles, as well as the related responsibilities and organisation. In addition to this, Kesko has OHS principles that cover occupational well-being and occupational health issues in addition to occupational safety.

The occupational safety principles cover the Kesko Group’s operations in all its countries of operation. Kesko’s operations and units are responsible for implementing the principles and ensuring sufficient resources in their operations.

Kesko’s Corporate security function is responsible for maintaining the principles.


The purpose of the Kesko Group’s occupational safety operations is to ensure, in a risk-based and cost-effective manner, the protection of people, property, data, reputation and the environment against accidents, losses and criminal activity, as well as ensuring uninterrupted and continuous operations in advance.

Occupational safety operations support the achievement of Kesko’s strategic goals and are a natural part of business operations.


Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that new employees are provided with induction training on security and occupational safety matters, and that all employees are regularly provided with security and occupational safety training that supports business operations. Security and occupational safety training is part of the training programmes for the management and supervisors.


Security risks are assessed and analysed within the Group in accordance with its approved risk assessment system, and by using separate risk analyses or similar procedures when necessary. In addition, a function or workplace-specific work hazard and risk assessment is prepared, which is a legal requirement.


The implementation and level of security operations at Group level are monitored and assessed in connection with security audits and reviews, for example. Occupational safety operations are reported to Group and Division management and the Board of Directors every six months.


Each Kesko employee is responsible for the safety of their work and the security of their activities.

Management and supervisors

Managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that:

  • Occupational safety guidelines approved by the Group are followed
  • Occupational safety operations are organised, and responsibilities are defined and divided clearly
  • Occupational safety risks concerning business operations are assessed and monitored regularly
  • Sufficient resources, action plans and guidelines are in place to minimise and manage occupational safety risks
  • Employees are provided with occupational safety training on a regular basis
  • The working environment complies with the related occupational safety requirements

Risk Management Steering Group

The Risk Management Steering Group approves the Occupational safety principles.

Kesko’s Corporate security

Kesko’s risk management and corporate security function is responsible for ensuring that the Occupational safety principles are up to date and for suggesting changes to the principles when necessary.

Occupational safety management model

Kesko’s Corporate security guides and develops K Group’s occupational safety operations and management so that they support the achievement of Kesko’s strategic goals.

The managements of the various divisions and functions are responsible for ensuring and monitoring compliance with these principles, as well as for ensuring that the duties falling within their area of responsibility are fulfilled. The divisions and the country-specific companies have designated persons in charge of occupational safety matters.


Approved by the Risk Management Steering Group on 30 March 2022.

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