TRIR – 0.311 (151 recordable cases | 97,037,897.5 exposure hours)
DAWC rate - 0.045 (22 total days away from work cases | 97,037,897.5 exposure hours)
Further our commitment to zero injuries, occupational illnesses, and incidents
Advance our EHS culture by focusing on leading causes of injuries, changing mindsets and behaviors, and reducing exposure to high risk activities
Deploy ISO 14001 and Responsible Care™ 14001 management systems across global manufacturing plants
Improve our systems and execution on alarm management process control, human factors, and effective operating procedures to reduce Tier 1 and 2 incidents
Our commitment to health and safety
At DuPont, we re-commit ourselves to our core value of health and safety every single day. This commitment is embodied in our company culture, our stakeholder engagement, and in the innovations we produce for the world. Above all else, we’re supporting the health and safety of our employees and contractors around the world – and we’re listening to our employees to understand how we can further enhance well-being in our workplaces and beyond.
In healthcare, for example, our unique portfolio of pharmaceutical excipients offers increased efficiencies, improved formulations, and cost savings in the development of new medicines, ultimately helping patients live healthier and more comfortable lives. For example, we’ve developed a new surfactant, FM1000, that could improve the stability of biological pharmaceuticals, more than doubling their shelf life. Our non-irritating soft skin adhesives, when incorporated into wearable pharmaceuticals, could offer a more effective and reliable alternative to conventional vaccine and medicine delivery methods. And we’re making progress in the use of smart materials for wearable medical applications.
of medical tablets sold globally have DuPont pharma excipients, the inactive ingredients used in pharmaceuticals
of the thermal protection in a firefighter’s suit comes from inner components made of DuPont Nomex® fiber
Our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management Systems, which cover both employees and contractors, ensures that we continually prioritize our commitment to health and safety. Our EHS management system conforms with the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Management System® and ISO 14001. The system provides us with a process to identify and evaluate hazards and risks associated with our product development and manufacturing processes, distribution, and other operations. We then establish goals and objectives to address any significant hazards and risks, taking the feedback and concerns of employees, contactors, communities, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders into consideration.
Read more about our health and safety management at DuPont in our 2020 GRI Index.
Creating an effective workplace safety strategy begins with accountability, root cause analysis and performance reviews. Senior leaders and EHS personnel in each DuPont business analyze our companywide EHS performance data on a weekly and monthly basis, via reports that cover all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) metrics. We update employees on our EHS performance at quarterly global town hall meetings.
In 2019, we launched the new EHS Performance Dashboard, which uses Power BI Technology to present the data from our monthly EHS reports dynamically, giving our EHS teams and corporate leaders a powerful new way to look at trends and to examine the main causes of injuries, illnesses and other EHS incidents at our facilities. The database makes it easy to isolate a specific date range and to view data for the whole company or an individual business or site. This will enable managers in our businesses, our sites, and at regional operations to create safety, health and/or industrial hygiene programs that are better informed and well-tailored to their unique operations and working environments.
In 2019, 182 DuPont sites, about 73% of our sites, achieved zero injuries and/or illnesses. This is the best safety performance DuPont specialty products businesses have recorded throughout their collective history.
DuPont offers some of the most advanced and trusted materials and products in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including our strong yet lightweight and durable Kevlar® fibers, and we’re constantly innovating to make the world’s industrial and emergency response workers safer on the job.
Making plant-based products taste as juicy and substantial as a hamburger is no easy feat. Our DuPont™ Danisco® range includes over a dozen ingredients.
Smart clothing with Intexar™ is currently being tested by pro sports teams, and we’re working with organizations in the medical industry to explore its use in that sector, too.
Read all of our health and safety stories in our Sustainability Story Hub.
Align 100% of our innovation portfolio to meaningfully advance the UN SDGs and create value for our customers
Integrate circular economy principles into our business models considering lifecycle impacts in the markets we serve.
Design 100% of our products and processes using sustainability criteria including the principles of green chemistry.
Reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions 30%, including sourcing 60% of electricity from renewable energy by 2030, and deliver carbon neutral operations by 2050.
Implement holistic water strategies across all facilities, prioritizing manufacturing plants and communities in high-risk watersheds; and enable millions of people access to clean water through leadership in advancing water technology and enacting strategic partnerships.
Become one of the world’s most inclusive companies, with diversity well ahead of industry benchmarks.
Create a workplace where employees report high levels of well-being and fulfillment.
Improve over 100 million lives through targeted social impact programs.