Improving Risk Awareness at GWF

Published: 2020


George Weston Foods (GWF) is one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest food manufacturers, employing 6,000 people across 40 sites. GWF produces a diverse range of products with well-known brands such as Yumi’s, DON, Tip Top and Mauri. GWF was experiencing a plateau in safety performance. The client understood the importance of involving leadership and identifying risk champions to help better mitigate risk to employees and processes. GWF engaged dss+ to help improve safety performance company-wide through a focus on safety culture improvement.


dss+ began by assessing the current safety culture maturity and safety leadership skills within GWF. Through multi-site safety perception assessments, an understanding of leaders’ Values, Attitudes and Beliefs and a review of the linkage between safety management systems and culture, the dss+ team worked with GWF and:

  • Developed a three-year strategy for safety performance improvements through culture maturity growth.
  • Trained and coached senior leaders in safety leadership and employee engagement.
  • Identified and trained Risk Champions to increase awareness of and better mitigate risks within the company.
  • Coached governance teams in how to drive change throughout the organization.