A PROACTIVE ORGANISATION
For Thales, health and safety and protecting the environment are basic principles that forms part of the Group’s broader commitment to creating a safer world. In the early 2000s, the Group adopted a proactive HSE policy for all of its sites, activities and products, at every level of the organisation.
A dedicated health, safety and environment department at corporate level defines the Group’s HSE strategy and develops processes to implement it on a daily basis.
A network of around 400 Health, Safety and Environment managers for sites and operations, who are divided among operational teams and most of whom combine the role with other assignments in property, security, safety, maintenance or human resources, are responsible at country and entity level for managing the health and safety on Thales and external worksites and environmental impacts of buildings, industrial processes, waste and other impacts.
In addition to this network, around 200 “product and service environmental managers”, who are divided among technical teams and most of whom combine the role with other assignments in engineering, technology or quality, ensure environmental protection is integrated before and during the bid and product development phases within Global Business Units and Business Lines.
A SAFE AND HEALTHY WORKING ENVIRONMENT
For more than 15 years, Thales has taken steps to ensure that the men and women employed directly or indirectly by the Group enjoy a safe and healthy working environment. This commitment has helped to foster a culture of safety within the Group, for example by identifying, anticipating and preventing future risks and challenges:
• deployment of safety management systems (OHSAS 18001), with 107 sites certified, representing 82% of
• annual road safety campaign conducted in countries around the world to help raise awareness and
reduce risks of road accidents;
• consolidation of the role of safety managers and leadership in the deployment of Lean culture;
• marked reduction in accident frequency rate (accidents with working days lost) over five years despite slight uptick in 2017;
• sharp drop in serious accidents related to technical or technological risks.
Long-standing commitments for environment
Thales is committed to a deliberate, responsible approach to protection of the environment. This commitment, written into the Code of Ethics, has been a driver for the Group for over 15 years and is reflected in a policy to reduce environmental impacts and risks in its various activities worldwide, in its products and at the various levels of the organisation.
In addition to ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and anticipating future regulatory changes, the policy has four key areas of focus:
• preventing impacts on people and the environment from the Group’s activities:
- by reducing and controlling environmental risks and impacts on health,
- by consuming fewer natural and energy resources,
- by respecting biodiversity and cultural heritage;
• taking the environment into account in product policies and services:
- by limiting their environmental footprint whenever possible,
- by developing solutions that are beneficial for the environment,
- by using the environment as a driver for innovation;
• significantly reducing our own carbon footprint, as well as that of our clients and civil society:
- by reducing emissions from our own operations,
- by promoting low-carbon solutions;
• fostering a spirit of innovation with regard to the environment:
- by sharing expertise,
- by communicating transparently,
- by encouraging the involvement of employees, suppliers and other stakeholders.
To reinforce its commitment, the Group has set performance targets for all of its entities since 2007. Five years ago, these were
extended to purchasers, and to staff involved in product policy and engineering, industry and projects.
The current goals have been set for the period 2015-2018 and relate to energy, climate, waste, environmental management of the supply chain and product design, in line with the Group’s environmental challenges.
The Group is also organised to manage the anticipated gradual replacement of hazardous substances banned for use which could result in obsolescence of our products.
Finally, following on from previous actions, in particular those taken during the COP 21 events in 2015, in signing the French
Business Climate Pledge (1) (11 December 2017), Thales confirmed its desire and its commitments to combating climate change (for instance by mapping direct and indirect emissions (scopes 1, 2 and 3), reducing its direct emissions and by developing innovative products and services to help its customers to reduce their emissions, etc.).
(1) French Business Climate Pledge: on the eve of the One Planet Summit on 12 December 2017, 91 French companies of all sizes and from all sectors announced the signature of a shared commitment to climate. Each of these companies put forward its actions as a committed player in the fight against global warming.
WORKING WITH STAKEHOLERS
Because any environmental policy must include the sharing of good practices and behaviour change, education and communication are key factors for success and progress.
Thales employees are informed of,educated and trained in environmental issues (through e-learning sessions, a
dedicated intranet, competitions, daylong events, etc.) so they can integrate them into their daily work. Specific
training programmes are developed mainly for purchasers, engineering managers and product developers, who
are all stakeholders in the environmental policy.
With purchases making up nearly half of Thales’s revenues, obtaining supplier agreement to meet the environmental requirements of our Purchasing & Corporate Responsibility Charter is an essential part of the Group’s overall approach. At the end of 2017, 12,700 supplier sites around the world had signed the charter. Environmental protection is also a criterion in assessing bids, and supplier audits include an environmental component corresponding to their activities.
Finally, as a responsible company, Thales strives to communicate transparently, not only with local authorities but also with local populations and civil society.
Specific procedures are also in place to swiftly receive, handle and communicate reports and requests. A total of 124 Thales sites, accounting for 89% of its workforce, have achieved ISO 14001 certification, the gold standard in environmental management. 86 entities are certifi ed to ISO 14001:2015, which covers the management of environmental impacts of products.