Thermo Fisher initiates an annual Company-wide Compliance and Ethics week to shine a spotlight on the importance of these issues. We utilized a variety of channels to distribute daily communications to all colleagues on topics including global trade, anti-bribery, health care, data privacy and environmental health and safety.
Thermo Fisher Scientific is committed to protecting the environment, and the health and safety of our employees, customers and the communities where we operate. We hold ourselves responsible to the commitments made in our corporate-wide Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Policy and also implement a variety of robust systems and programs to ensure we meet its intent and expectations. All employees and senior business leaders are responsible for ensuring we meet our EHS Policy expectations. For more information on board committee oversight related to environmental issues, visit our Corporate Governance page.
To help meet the commitments contained in our EHS Policy, we have also developed and are driving implementation of additional requirements contained and documented in our EHS Management System Policy. The EHS-MS Policy is comprised of a set of systems-based management expectations and processes that all manufacturing, distribution, and laboratory entities are required to abide by and implement. Our EHS-MS is based on the same tenets contained in a wide variety of existing and generally accepted EHS management system standards and practices (e.g., ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001 and U.S. OSHA’s “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs”), adapted and customized to integrate effectively into Thermo Fisher Scientific’s corporate governance structure and operating philosophy.
The EHS-MS Policy contains six (6) key elements. Each element contains multiple discrete requirements that must be met and maintained by individual operating entities and locations around the world.
Our Corporate EHS Compliance Audit program, which operates independently of individual business unit control, conducts periodic, objective and evidencebased evaluations of each location’s EHS compliance status. Our auditors evaluate site operations for compliance with all applicable environmental, health and safety laws, regulations and other related standards we may adopt and endorse. This corporate-level audit function is in addition to requiring all applicable locations to implement and periodically verify their conformance to our EHS-MS Policy and conduct internal EHS compliance audits. This provides a dual-layer oversight system to objectively assess EHS risk at a site level. We also invoke a process for independent corporate corrective and preventive action to systematically drive closure of all outstanding EHS audit findings in a timely manner. Our auditors work with each site to review closure evidence before formally closing out findings.
In addition to our internal EHS audit process, all of our major operating sites go through regular external property/loss prevention audits. Our facilities undergo onsite audits to assess business resilience against the risks of fire and destruction caused by natural catastrophes such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and tornados. This audit data is compiled and presented to the sites, including recommendations to lower the risk of loss and improve business continuity planning. From a Company-wide perspective, this audit data is used to develop strategies that build resilience into our network and critical infrastructure through capital investments and emergency planning.
Some sites, where applicable, hold ISO 14001 certifications. Click here for the list of sites with ISO Certifications.