At Vandemoortele, we aim to create a safe and pleasant workplace for our associates. Our responsibility as a company goes beyond ensuring technical safety; we also promote associates’ awareness of unsafe behaviour. It is our duty to contribute to the well-being of our associates as well, in line with our core values: ambition, respect and cooperation. The pandemic has motivated us to accelerate and redefine our approach to well-being.
Vandemoortele has a dynamic health and safety management system. Through preventive and protective measures, we strive to avoid incidents and accidents. A substantial effort also goes to getting a high safety leadership level amongst all our associates, individually and as a team. With our ‘I CARE, U2?’ safety programme, we focus on attitude, peer-to-peer interaction, safety dialogues and constructive feedback.
In 2021 we took a big step forward in our approach to general safety. We added additional safety tools to our ‘I CARe, U2?’ safety programme, which was launched in 2015. The extra tools focus on unsafe behaviour, as this is the underlying cause of more accidents than technical defects are.
Through our well-being programme we stimulate our associates to reflect on what makes them happy and to add their preferred elements of well-being to their (work) lives. In this way, our people are able to take their personal work happiness into their own hands, with our help and support.
Jean Vandemoortele, Chairman of our Board of Directors: "I am very proud of the way we improved labour safety during the last couple of years. We substantially reduced the number and – most of all – the severity of accidents, even with an increased number of temporary workers. This is thanks to the robust safety strategies and procedures that we have put in place."
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