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26,000 employees stop work for the day as part of Mondi Group’s annual global investment in safety, health and the environment

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Every year around the world, some 374 million people are injured at work, according to the International Labour Organisation[1]. Creating a safe work environment has always been Mondi’s top priority and it is this intense focus that has led it to invest in an annual event when its 26,000 employees down tools for the day to work together on improving local health, safety and the environment.

Activities are currently taking place in 30 countries to highlight the personal contribution that Mondi’s employees can make towards their safety, health and environment. Every Mondi site is hosting a ‘Making a Difference Day 365’ that allows employees and contractors to invest time in learning and practising new approaches towards these vital topics. Family members and students are also involved in several locations.

Peter Oswald, CEO Mondi Group, says, “We will only be satisfied when every employee is returning home safely every day. We created Making a Difference Day 365 in 2010 to collectively focus our minds on ways to improve our safety, health and environment. Through the enthusiasm of our employees, this initiative has grown over the years into a truly global event with significant positive impact on our local communities. This momentum shows that we can – and do – inspire each other to make a difference when we work collaboratively on these complex topics.”

Mondi defines global focus areas every year for Mondi’s Making a Difference Day. In 2018, the focus areas include maintaining a 24-hour safety mind-set, staying safe around moving and rotating machinery, and reducing our carbon footprint – at work and home. Every Mondi operation is currently hosting activities around these themes that are relevant locally.

Brian Darlington, group head of safety and health at Mondi Group, says, “It’s all about creating the right mindset where safety becomes a habit and way we do things and where everyone looks after their own safety as well as that of others. The safety of our employees and contractors is our number one value, which is encapsulated by our moto ‘work safe, home safe – everybody, every day’.”