In 2019, Thermo Fisher initiated a companywide campaign to shine a spotlight on the importance of compliance and ethics during Compliance and Ethics Week in November. We used a variety of channels to deliver daily communications to all colleagues on topics such as global trade, anti-bribery, healthcare, environmental health and safety (EHS) and data privacy. These communications often included surveys and interactive games to increase colleague engagement.
Throughout the organization, our EHS professionals utilized the compliance week platform for focused activities that highlighted the importance of EHS compliance within our operations. Engagement events varied across regions but included leadership communications and safety walks, hazard identification competitions, information booths, daily safety activities, and the sharing of inspirational colleagues’ safety stories. The events were all designed to focus attention on the importance of creating a culture of safety in the workplace.
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.
In addition to requiring all applicable locations to implement and periodically verify their conformance to our EHS-MS Policy, and to conduct internal EHS compliance audits, our Corporate EHS Compliance Audit Program (operating independently of individual business unit control) conducts periodic, objective and evidence-based evaluations of each location’s EHS compliance status. Any observed deficiencies are documented and routinely reported to top management for action and response. An independent corporate corrective and prevented action process is also invoked that systematically drives closure of all outstanding EHS audit findings to full resolution in a timely manner.
Some sites, where applicable, hold ISO 14001 certifications. Click here for the list of sites with ISO Certifications.