Safety at work and a safe working environment are part of Kesko’s sustainability strategy

When we talk about sustainability, it is often limited to environmental aspects. Social responsibility and governance are easily overlooked, as it is often thought that legislation guides operations in these areas. One important aspect is responsibility for occupational safety, and its development requires more than just compliance with national and international legislation.

We are aiming for zero accidents: an accident-free Kesko. All our personnel are involved in these efforts. All employees, service providers and contractors are responsible for complying with occupational safety requirements. Kesko’s occupational safety rules summarise the aspects that promote safety and well-being at work.

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In line with the target set in Kesko’s sustainability strategy, accidents are reduced by means of the continuous improvement model. We encourage our employees and suppliers to actively make safety observations, carefully investigate the causes of accidents and determine any necessary corrective measures as part of day-to-day management. These measures will be supported by Kesko’s occupational safety governance model, which will be used to monitor industry-specific targets to strengthen the occupational safety culture and employees’ capabilities to prevent accidents at work.

Psychological safety is key in developing safety at work

We encourage employees and partners to openly address mistakes without needing to worry about being reprimanded, and to actively report safety observations. Psychological safety is also a key requirement for physical safety and has a positive impact on our productivity.

At the beginning of 2023, we started mandatory online training (Occupational Safety – What Is Your Responsibility?) for our employees. We have paid special attention to safety training in various operations. We monitor the development of occupational safety as part of Kesko’s risk management model.

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