At the end of 2011, our previous OHS policy and Environmental policy were combined and replaced by a new Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) policy that encompasses all the aspects covered by the two previous policies. In addition to our HSE policy, we are also committed to the corresponding statutes of the UN Global Compact initiative, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, as well as the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) Business Charter for Sustainable Development.
We take a pre-cautionary approach by applying the requirements defined by our high HSE standards early in the development phase of our products and process solutions. In our own HSE management practices, we comply with ISO 14000 and OHSAS 18001 standards. 51% of our relevant operations are covered by ISO 14001 certification and 34% by OHSAS 18001 certification. We also strive to anticipate the development of HSE legislation.
Health, Safety and Environment Policy
Health, safety and environment (HSE) is an essential element in all Metso's activities.
We are committed to taking responsibility for our own safety and for the safety of others, and we believe that all incidents and accidents can be prevented.
We always emphasize our high HSE standards of conduct when dealing with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. Compliance with applicable laws and regulations is only a minimum requirement.
We aspire to minimize our environmental footprint throughout the value chain.
To fulfill our HSE policy, we:
- require good HSE behavior and follow the rules and instructions that we have set in all our daily activities
- continuously improve our processes, practices and work environment
- design our solutions, products, innovations and services to help our customers improve their safety and environmental performance
- strive for efficient and sustainable use of energy, natural resources and materials in all our operations